On the eve of battle, here are my predictions for this year’s SLJ Battle of the Kids’ Books. I was amazingly lucky last year, getting 7/8 in round one. Let’s see if my luck holds:
All the Truth that’s In Me vs. The Animal Book
Boxers & Saints vs. A Corner of White: I’m counting on judge Yuri Morales’ illustrator background to give the graphic novel the edge.
Doll Bones vs. Eleanor & Park
Far Far Away vs. Flora & Ulysses: because I don’t want the Newbery Curse to rear its head this early in the game.
Hokey Pokey vs. March Book One
Midwinterblood vs. P.S. Be Eleven: given Chloe and the Lion, I think Mac Barnett would enjoy the nontraditional structure of Midwinterblood.
Rose Under Fire vs. The Thing About Luck
True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp vs. What the Heart Knows: everyone knows Mo LeBeau and Bingo and J’miah are kindred spirits.
The Animal Book vs. Boxers & Saints
Eleanor & Park vs. Flora & Ulysses
March Book One vs. Midwinterblood
Rose Under Fire vs. True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
Boxers & Saints vs. Eleanor & Park
March Book One vs. Rose Under Fire
Big Kahuna Round
Eleanor & Park comes back from the dead, facing off against Rose Under Fire and Boxers & Saints: while I would love to see Boxers and Saints walk off with the (virtual) medal, I predict Rose Under Fire will win–not that I’m complaining, of course! Rose’s “Rabbit” family reminds me so much of the large, scrappy families at the heart of Jenni Holm’s books.
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