It’s almost time for my favorite kidlit event of the year: SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books. This year’s a bit tough, because I know nothing about most of the judges. I’ve only read the books of four of the judges: Frances Hardinge, Cece Bell, Mariko Tamaki and Ann M. Martin. So my predictions are even more random than usual. Here goes…
3/7 Judge Michael Buckley
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler vs Challenger Deep
3/8 Judge Maris Wicks
Drowned City vs Echo
3/9 Judge Melanie Crowder
Gone Crazy in Alabama vs Goodbye Stranger
3/10 Judge Erin Kelly Entrada
The Hired Girl vs I Crawl Through It
3/14 Judge Tim Federle
The Marvels vs Most Dangerous
3/15 Judge Frances Hardinge
My Seneca Village vs Nest
–I’m counting on Hardinge to choose the book that least resembles the types of books she writes. It’s worth a shot, especially since I found Nest a bit lacking in character development.
3/16 Judge Cece Bell
Nimona vs Rhythm Ride
–I’m using the opposite reasoning here with Cece Bell. Besides, Nimona is fantastic.
3/17 Judge Pamela S. Turner
Symphony for the City of the Dead vs X: A Novel
3/18 Judge Jennifer Donnelly
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler vs Echo
3/21 Judge Meg Medina
Gone Crazy in Alabama vs The Hired Girl
3/22 Judge Carolyn Mackler
Most Dangerous vs My Seneca Village
3/23 Judge Mariko Tamaki
Nimona vs Symphony for the City of the Dead
–I’m counting on Tamaki to be in awe of the scope of M.T. Anderson’s achievement, as I was
3/25 Judge Kelly Loy Gilbert
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler vs The Hired Girl
M2: 3/28 Judge Padma Venkatraman
Most Dangerous vs Symphony for the City of the Dead
THE UNDEAD RISES
I’m counting on Goodbye Stranger‘s fan base to turn it into a zombie. Which means the final round, judged by Ann M. Martin, is between
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler, Most Dangerous and Goodbye Stranger.
I really want Most Dangerous to win, but I think Martin will choose Goodbye Stranger, since the mass appeal is undeniable.
MY PREDICTION RATE
This year I’m adding a final prediction, about my own powers of clairvoyance. I’m aiming to get 4/8 correct in the first round, and enough to have two of my picks face off against each other in round 2. Wish me luck!