February 11, 2016

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2016 Judge: Carolyn Mackler

Carolyn Mackler’s latest novel for teens, Infinite in Between, has already garnered several starred reviews. She is also the author of the popular YA novel, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (A Michael L. Printz Honor Book), and six other novels for children and teenagers. Carolyn loves drinking coffee. She is also […]

2016 Judge: Frances Hardinge

Frances Hardinge is the author of several books for children, including Cuckoo Song (five starred reviews, short-listed for the Carnegie Medal), The Lost Conspiracy (five starred reviews, Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist), Fly by Night (short-listed for the Guardian Children’s Book prize), Well Witched (SLJ Best Book of 2008), and Fly Trap (short-listed for […]

2016 Judge: Kelly Loy Gilbert

Despite being really quite opinionated, Kelly Loy Gilbert has nevertheless been a lifelong waffler when it comes to any decision ever, so Battle of the Books sounded like a solid way to trade hours of sleep for hours spent agonizing over a difficult choice.  (Choices about books being, of course, the most difficult of all.) […]

2016 Judge: Tim Federle

Tim Federle grew up in Pittsburgh before moving to New York to dance on Broadway. His debut novel for kids, Better Nate Than Ever —described as “Judy Blume as seen through a Stephen Sondheim lens” by Huffington Post—was named a New York Time’s Notable Children’s Book of 2013 and a best book of the year by Amazon, Publishers Weekly, and […]

2016 Judge: Erin Entrada Kelly

Erin Entrada Kelly is the author of Blackbird Fly and The Land of Forgotten Girls. She wrote her first novel, “The Two Orphans,” in fourth grade. The story followed two orphan-BFFs who are adopted by separate families and forced to live apart. Eventually one of their houses burns down and they get to live together […]

2016 Judge: Jennifer Donnelly

Jennifer Donnelly is the author of three adult novels—The Tea Rose, The Winter Rose, and The Wild Rose—as well as the young adult novels Revolution and A Northern Light, winner of Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature, and a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award. Her most […]

2016 Judge: Melanie Crowder

There are few things judge Melanie Crowder enjoys more in this life than a well-drawn tournament bracket. While most adults leave their athletic obsessions on the verdant playing fields of their youth, Crowder has yet to relinquish her reverse chinlock on all things competitive. A beast on the [adult rec] tennis court, a public menace […]

2016 Judge: Michael Buckley

Michael Buckley writes books. He’s not proud of it but he has to make a living somehow. Not everyone gets to be a rock star or play in the NBA or be a prima ballerina. Some folks have to do the heavy lifting this society requires to keep it from falling into chaos. Still, he’s […]

2016 Judge: Cece Bell

Cece Bell is the author of the Newbery Honor Book and Eisner winner El Deafo. She is also the author of Rabbit and Robot, winner of a Geisel Honor. She lives in Virginia with her husband, author Tom Angleberger (who was a judge in last year’s Battle of the Kids’ Books).    

Titles We Also Loved

  We all had favorites that we were unable to include on this year’s Contender List for one reason or another. Here are three from each of us:   Jonathan: You know, I had forgotten exactly what was on the list as we were discussing a couple dozen titles right down to the wire a […]

The 2016 Contenders!

  THE BOYS WHO CHALLENGED HITLER by Phillip Hoose CHALLENGER DEEP by Neal Shusterman DROWNED CITY by Don Brown ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA by Rita Williams-Garcia GOODBYE STRANGER by Rebecca Stead THE HIRED GIRL by Laura Amy Schlitz I CRAWL THROUGH IT by A. S. King THE MARVELS by Brian Selznick […]

How Many YMA Honorees are on this Year’s List of Contenders?

We can’t spill secrets, but here are three hints: We haven’t changed our rule about picture books. Multiple YMA honors for the same contender happened. YMA love shows up among our graphic novel contenders. Now, over to you. Based on this, anyone want to speculate about what is going to show up next Wednesday?

The 2016 Contenders To Be Announced on…

… Wednesday, January 20th, 2016. So watch this space!

Winner of the 2015 BoB!

The Closing Match: El Deafo vs The Port Chicago 50 vs We Were Liars

The Closing Match: El Deafo vs The Port Chicago 50 vs We Were Liars

THE CLOSER – CLAIRE VANDERPOOL El Deafo by Cece Bell Harry Abrams The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin Roaring Brook/Macmillan We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Delacorte/Random House I’ve always considered myself to be a fairly eclectic reader so I wasn’t particularly intimidated by the diversity in the three titles I received for this […]

The Winner of the 2015 Undead Poll

The Winner of the 2015 Undead Poll

It was amazing watching this year’s Undead Polling. Every contender had their champions which makes us happy. And then, throughout the voting period, three were neck and neck — Brown Girl Dreaming, El Deafo, and We Were Liars. Following close after them were The Crossover and The Family Romanov, with all the other titles earning a healthy numbers of votes. By the […]

This Week’s Peanut Gallery

These Peanut Gallery posts are where we put up whatever we’ve found responding to the latest BOB news.     Around the web: All Mark Tuchman’s awesome graphics in one place here. Brandy’s thoughts on Round Two. Karen MacPherson does a terrific Battle post. On Twitter: Reads for Keeps ‏Joey Pigza with his bunny-suited baby brother gets […]

Fantasy BoB 2015 and the Undead Guessing Game

Fantasy BoB 2015 and the Undead Guessing Game

On this spring Saturday, we bring you two final Sideline Activities, a Farewell, and a couple of Forecasts: Sideline Activities: 1. As in the Fantasy Sport Games, our young commentators have conjured up their own dream teams and banked on the win of certain players throughout the Battle.  We asked them to give us their […]

Round 3, Match 2: The Port Chicago 50 vs West of the Moon

Round 3, Match 2: The Port Chicago 50 vs West of the Moon

JUDGE – MARCUS SEDGWICK The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin Roaring Brook/Macmillan West of the Moon by Margi Preus Harry Abrams Chalk and cheese. Apples and Oranges. I know I’m not the only judge to wonder how on Earth to put two novels into direct competition with each other and pronounce one to be the […]

Round 2, Match 4: This One Summer vs West of the Moon

Round 2, Match 4: This One Summer vs West of the Moon

JUDGE – ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON This One Summer by Albert Martin Knopf/Random House West of the Moon by Margi Preus Harry Abrams One of the joys of first person narratives is being able to share, for a moment, the intimacy of another person’s perspective. It isn’t just the knowledge of their private lives or secrets […]