SLJ Battle of the Books–2011 Contenders Announced!

24 01 2011

My favorite list of the year is here!  School Library Journal’s Battle of the Books might be one of my favorite book related activities of the year, beating out even hearing the Printz awards because that is not as much fun as reading, predicting and posting along with the Battle of the Books.  March Madness for kid lit lovers!

So here’s my problem this year:  I haven’t even read 50% of this list!  Eep!  And February is such a short month.  Titles I’ve read are noted in bold:

  1. AS EASY AS FALLING OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH by Lynn Rae Perkins
  2. THE CARDTURNER by Louis Sachar
  3. A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS by Megan Whalen Turner
  4. COUNTDOWN by Deborah Wiles
  5. THE DREAMER by Pam Munoz Ryan
  6. THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE BARBIE by Tanya Lee Stone
  7. HEREVILLE: HOW MIRKA GOT HER SWORD by Barry Deutsch
  8. KEEPER by Kathi Appelt
  9. THE ODYSSEY by Gareth Hinds
  10. ONE CRAZY SUMMER by Rita Williams-Garcia
  11. THE RING OF SOLOMON by Jonathan Stroud
  12. SUGAR CHANGED THE WORLD by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
  13. A TALE DARK AND GRIMM by Adam Gidwitz
  14. THEY CALLED THEMSELVES THE K.K.K. by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  15. TRASH by Andy Mulligan
  16. WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON by John Green and David Levithan

My pick right now(out of the 6 I’ve read)?  There’s two:

  • The book I want to win: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.  I have recommended that book to everyone in the appropriate age range and all children’s/teen librarians/lit freaks.  It is awesome..
  • The book I think will win: Countdown by Deborah Wiles.  Everyone loves the documentary novel format, especially author, who judge this lovely event.

Of course, I’ll have to update my picks as I get reading, which I had better do…now!  I have books to read for class and work.  Though I’m sure all of the titles on this list will be a pleasure.  And I’m somehow still excited for the official announcement of brackets and judges.

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