Friday, January 25, 2013

SLJ Battle of the Kids' Books: The Contenders

The SLJ Battle of the Kids' Books is coming.  The contenders have been announced.  If you haven't read them all yet, you still have time. The competition won't get underway until March.

Here's who will be battling it out:

Bomb by Steve Sheinken (Macmillan)
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Hyperion)
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer (Scholastic)
Fault in Our Stars, The by John Green (Penguin)
Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh (Hyperion)
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead (Random House)
Moonbird by Philip Hoose (Macmillan)
No Crystal Stair by Vauda Micheaux Nelson (Lerner)
One and Only Ivan, The by Katherine Applegate (Harper Collins)
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Random House)
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick)
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin (Little Brown)
Temple Grandin by Sy Montgomery (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (Penguin)
Titanic by Deborah Hopkinson (Scholastic)
Wonder by R. J. Palacio (Random House)

I'm a happy girl, because the only two of these that I haven't read are Jepp, Who Defied the Stars, which truthfully, I've been avoiding (but will now break down and read) and Three Times Lucky, which was on my library hold list forever and just finally came in on Wednesday.  I can't wait to see what the bracket looks like and hear what the judges have to say!

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