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November 21, 2014

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The Big Kahuna Match: Between Boxers & Saints, P.S. Be Eleven, and Eleanor & Park

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JUDGE – JENNIFER HOLM Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang FirstSecond/Macmillan Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Saint Martin’s Press  P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia Amistad/HarperCollins I’m one of five kids. Children from big families have a habit of asking their mother: “Who do you love most?” Mothers generally hem and haw and say [...]

The Winner of the 2014 Undead Poll Is…

The Winner of the 2014 Undead Poll Is…

So was this year’s Undead Winner a dark horse? Did a scientist come along and cause his or her favorite to win? Or did perhaps a certain famous conservative radio commentator-and-now-best-selling-children’s-author get his followers to vote often and well for his favorite? (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)  Nope, not to worry. This year’s winner started out in [...]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

  These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found around the web responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will either add it here or put in our next Peanut Gallery post. The PFTSTA students have spoken! [...]

Round 3, Match 2: P.S. Be Eleven vs The Thing About Luck

Round 3, Match 2: P.S. Be Eleven vs The Thing About Luck

  JUDGE – ROBIN LAFEVERS P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia Amistad/HarperCollins The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata Atheneum Books for Young Readers I was so excited to be invited to be a judge in School Library Journal’s Battle of the Books! If there is one thing I know how to do, it is [...]

Round 3, Match 1: Boxers and Saints vs Far Far Away

Round 3, Match 1: Boxers and Saints vs Far Far Away

JUDGE – PATRICK NESS Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang FirstSecond/Macmillan Far Far Away by Tom McNeal Knopf/Random House What should we demand of YA literature?  Is that even an answerable question?  YA has grown into such a gorgeous, vast country that to narrow it down seems impossible, and probably undesirable.  It has any genre you’d like, [...]

Round 2, Match 4: The Thing About Luck vs The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Round 2, Match 4: The Thing About Luck vs The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

JUDGE – KATHERINE MARSH The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata Atheneum Books for Young Readers The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathy Appelt Atheneum Books for Young Readers Sugar and wheat: two staples of the American diet; two unlikely subjects for children’s books.  And yet sugar and wheat, or sugar versus [...]

Round 2, Match 3: Hokey Pokey vs P.S. Be Eleven

Round 2, Match 3: Hokey Pokey vs P.S. Be Eleven

JUDGE – JOSEPH BRUCHAC Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli Knopf Books for Young Readers P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia Amistad/HarperCollins One of the joys of reading a well-written book is that you can be transported by it to a reality that is other than your own. You find yourself totally immersed in another place, [...]

Round 2, Match 2: Eleanor & Park vs Far Far Away

Round 2, Match 2: Eleanor & Park vs Far Far Away

“Two books. Both darn near perfect. I highly recommend either one. And yet, I must choose,” writes judge Rae Carson.

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

  These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found around the web responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will either add it here or put in our next Peanut Gallery post.   Reads for Keeps explores the [...]

Round 2, Match 1: The Animal Book vs Boxers and Saints

Round 2, Match 1: The Animal Book vs Boxers and Saints

JUDGE – TONYA BOLDEN The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins Houghton Mifflin Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang FirstSecond/Macmillan Ah . . . the joys of reading!—especially when the reading includes Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers & Saints and Steven Jenkins’s The Animal World: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest—and Most Surprising—Animals [...]

Round 1, Match 8: True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp vs What The Heart Knows

Round 1, Match 8: True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp vs What The Heart Knows

JUDGE - SHEILA TURNAGE True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathy Appelt Atheneum Books for Young Readers What the Heart Knows by Joyce Sidman Houghton Mifflin Books for Children Comparing Joyce Sidman’s What the Heart Knows – Chants, Charms & Blessings to The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt is [...]

Round 1, Match 7: Rose Under Fire vs The Thing About Luck

Round 1, Match 7: Rose Under Fire vs The Thing About Luck

JUDGE – MALINDA LO Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein Hyperion/Disney The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata Atheneum Books for Young Readers Since SLJ’s Battle of the Kids Books is known for its wacky pairings, I’ll skip the whole “these two books are so different!” hand-wringing. It’s true, Elizabeth Wein’s Rose Under Fire is [...]

Round 1, Match 6: Midwinterblood vs P.S. Be Eleven

Round 1, Match 6: Midwinterblood vs P.S. Be Eleven

JUDGE - MAC BARNETT Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick Roaring Brook Press P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia Amistad/HarperCollins In P.S. Be Eleven, the sequel to Rita Williams-Garcia’s Newbery Honor-winning One Crazy Summer, the Gaither girls are back in Brooklyn after a few months with their mother in California. It’s the late 60s and the various cultural [...]

Round 1, Match 5: Hokey Pokey vs March, Book One

Round 1, Match 5: Hokey Pokey vs March, Book One

JUDGE – TOM ANGLEBERGER Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli Knopf Books for Young Readers March, Book One by John Robert Lewis and Andrew Aydin Top Shelf Productions Look, I don’t know what the other judges in this Battle are up against, but I think I’ve got the most outrageously unfair bracket since the invention of brackets [...]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

  These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found around the web responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will either add it here or put in our next Peanut Gallery post.   On the eve of [...]

Round 1, Match 4: Far Far Away vs Flora and Ulysses

JUDGE – SARAH MLYNOWSKY Far Far Away by Tom McNeal Knopf/Random House Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo Candlewick Press Once upon a time, on a couch in my apartment, there were two books, Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo and Far Far Away by Tom McNeal. One book I liked. The other I loved. [...]

Round 1, Match 3: Doll Bones vs Eleanor and Park

Round 1, Match 3: Doll Bones vs Eleanor and Park

JUDGE – LAUREN OLIVER Doll Bones by Hollly Black Margaret K. McElderry Books Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Saint Martin’s Press Somehow, despite the buzz, the plethora of positive reviews, the online chatter and endorsements from authors as venerated as John Green, Eleanor & Park had slipped beneath my radar until very recently. It’s not that I [...]

Round 1, Match 1: All the Truth That’s In Me vs The Animal Book

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The Battle has begun.

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

  These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found around the web responding to the latest BOB news. Be sure to let us know in the comments if we’ve missed yours and we will add it in here.   Battle Commander Monica pitched the BoB over at the Nerdy Book Club. [...]

While Waiting for the Battle to Begin…

…check out this BoB trailer. Created a couple of years ago by the awesome Everdeen Sisters*, it is such an  entertaining and informative overview of the Battle that we thought we’d repost it (especially given the now-ubiquitous nature of the opening theme). And if anyone wants to do one featuring this year’s Battle, please do [...]