From School Library Journal’s blog:
About the Battle
School Library Journal’s Battle of the (Kids’) Books is a competition between 16 of the very best books for young people published in 2008, judged by some of the biggest names in children’s books.
Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, will be judging the very first match. Print out the brackets here.
A longtime player and judge in this sport, Roger was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books and a children’s and young adult librarian.
Match 1: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves vs Ways to Live Forever
Match 2: The Graveyard Book vs The Trouble Begins at 8
Match 3: Chains vs Washington at Valley Forge
Match 4: Here Lies Arthur vs Tender Morsels
Match 5: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks vs We Are the Ship
Match 6: The Hunger Games vs The Porcupine Year
Match 7: Graceling vs The Underneath
Match 8: The Lincolns vs Nation
What’s the baddest book of them all? Our all-star panel of judges is about to decide!
Follow the action as 16 of last year’s best books compete in a winner-takes-all tournament to determine the nation’s top title.
Unlike the Newbery short-lists, I am not going to read frenetically to try to be able to have an opinion on different rounds, but will be following along as an interested bystander. I also see a couple titles I am unfamiliar with that I’ll need to find out more about.