October 23, 2016

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The Closing Match: The Marvels vs Gone Crazy in Alabama vs Nimona

On this last day of March, let’s find out which book becomes the 2016 SLJ Battle of the Kids’ Books winner! We hope you have enjoyed this wild ride with us.

Announcing — Winner of the 2016 BoB Undead Poll

You voted! You waited! You hoped!
Now find out which book is the 2016 Undead Winner!

Round 3: Match 2: The Marvels vs Nimona

This is definitely not by design — but by pure chance and circumstances: two heavily illustrated novels are paired against each other in another highly anticipated semifinal match!

Round 3, Match 1: Echo vs Gone Crazy in Alabama

Having advanced to the semi-finals, two middle grade historical novels face off in a nail-biter of a match!

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found responding to the latest BOB events.

Mock Battle Report

This week we hear from School librarian Melanie Mubarak on her mock battle.

Round 2, Match 4: Nimona vs. Symphony for the City of the Dead

“I was fortunate to have two great books to read and select from. I thoroughly enjoyed both.” Which does Judge Mariko Tamaki choose?

Round 2, Match 3: The Marvels vs. The Nest

Which of the two page-turner books about boys on internal and external quests, with beautiful language and strong reader appeal will move on to the semi-finals?

Round 2, Match 2: I Crawl Through It vs. Gone Crazy in Alabama

In the second match of Round 2, High school theater of the absurd goes against the final installment of the sibling saga set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 60s America.

Round 2, Match 1: Challenger Deep vs. Echo

Judge Donnelley has to make a choice between two stories that drive her “out to the borderlands – a lawless patch of literary scrub – and boot me out of the car with no GPS, no tattered road atlas, not even a cheap plastic compass.”

Mock Battles Round Up

Since last week’s call for Mock Battle Stories, we’ve received the following fantastic entries. Thank you so much to all who shared the excitement that is Battle of the Kids’ Books with your communities and with us back in the Command Center.

Round 1, Match 8: Symphony for the City of the Dead vs X: A Novel

Two expertly penned works based on significant historical figures in the mid-20th century face each other in this last match of the first round of the 2016 Battle of the Kids’ Books. Judge Pamela S. Turner gives insightful comments and clear reasons why she picked one over the other to advance to the next round.

Round 1, Match 7: Nimona vs Rhythm Ride

A graphic novel SciFi/Fantasy about a girl monster and shapeshifter faces off with a creatively composed nonfiction chronicling Motown’s history and its significance in American history.

Round 1, Match 6: My Seneca Village vs Nest

Read Judge Frances Hardinge’s detailed and thoughtful descriptions and analyses of both My Seneca Village and The Nest. Find out which title moves on to face The Marvels in the next round!

Round 1, Match 5: The Marvels vs Most Dangerous

Find out which of these two amazing books received 270,199 bonus points from this match’s judge Tim Federle!

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found responding to the latest BOB events. Let us know if we’ve missed yours in the comments and we’ll add it in.

Mock Battles!

If you work at a public library, a school library, or in the classroom, and have been hosting some form of Mock Battle of the Kids’ Books in your institution, or some other setting (home schooling, clubs, etc) we’d love to hear from you!  If you and your friends have been discussing or trying to figure out […]

Round 1, Match 4: The Hired Girl vs I Crawl Through It

Judge Erin Kelly Entrada says she won’t go into the whole “OMG-these-books-couldn’t-be-more-different-and-it’s-like-apples-and-oranges spiel” and that at least both of these titles are YA novels. But, we agree that they are indeed incredibly different and a tough pair to compare and choose from! What will the outcome be?

Round 1, Match 3: Gone Crazy in Alabama vs Goodbye Stranger

Judge Melanie Crowder must choose a winner between two beloved middle grade novels: both featuring well realized characters but very distinct and different in their tones. Which will she favor: the boisterous or the quiet?

Round 1, Match 2: Drowned City vs Echo

Judge Maris Wicks confessed that she has not done a “book report” in decades but “when you don’t have school or homework or assignments for so long, they seem… sort of appealing.”