>I like Jill Wolfson’s dissent about SLJ’s upcoming Battle of the Books, for which I am the Decider between Ways to Live Forever and Octavian Nothing II. Jill is right–the BOB provides more publicity for books which have already received plenty, and as a series of apples-and-oranges decisions, it doesn’t have a whole lot of critical weight. I think, though, you have to look at it as a game in which the spectators are the most important part, making their own predictions and choices and laughing at the judges. It wouldn’t work if the books in contention were worthy but little(r)-known. I’m in fact a little surprised that Ways to Live Forever is in there–it doesn’t have nearly the profile of the others.
>She has a really good point.
Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.