March 22, 2018

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SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books Round One Results

School Library Journal ‘s very own version of March Madness, our fifth annual Battle of the Kids’ Books (BOB) elimination contest between 16 of 2012’s best children’s and teens’ fiction and nonfiction books, kicked off on March 12 and has been going strong for eight consecutive matches. Ahead of the start of Round Two, which begins tomorrow, here’s an update on which titles will be advancing and have a chance to win the Big Kahuna title.

Match 1 (March 12)
Bomb vs Wonder – judged by Kenneth Oppel
Winner: Bomb

Match 2 (March 13)
Code Name Verity vs Titanic – judged by Margarita Engle
Winner: Code Name Verity

Match 3 (March 14)
Endangered vs Three Times Lucky – judged by Kathi Appelt
Winner: Endangered

Match 4 (March 15)
The Fault in Our Stars vs Temple Grandin – judged by Deb Caletti
Winner: The Fault in Our Stars

Match 5 (March 18)
Jepp Who Defied the Stars vs Starry River of the Sky – judged by Adam Gidwitz
Winner: Starry River of the Sky

Match 6 (March 19)
Liar & Spy vs Splendors and Glooms – judged by Franny Billingsley
Winner: Splendors and Glooms

Match 7 (March 20)
Moonbird vs Seraphina – judged by Marie Lu
Winner: Seraphina

Match 8 (March 21)
No Crystal Stair vs The One and Only Ivan – judged by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Fans can still get in on the action at our Battle of the Kid’s Books blog, where comments are still pouring in on the first eight matches. Readers can also use the blog to keep track of their favorites during Round Two, download the illustrated bracket, and even download high-resolution versions (suitable for printing and display) of the original artwork for each of the matches

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Karyn M. Peterson About Karyn M. Peterson

Karyn M. Peterson ( is a former News Editor ofSLJ.