Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson went up against A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck this morning. Cynthia Kadohata, author of Weedflower and A Million Shades of Gray, had the difficult job of deciding which book will move on to the next round. She describes her decision-making process on the BOKB website.
The Battle of the Kids' Books is a great way to make sure that books that deserve more attention are getting it. Both of these titles are sequels to other books. Peace, Locomotion is the second book about Lonnie, a foster child who is separated from his younger sister. A Season of Gifts brings back the inimitable Mrs. Dowdel from A Long Way from Chicago and A Year down Yonder. The Battle will send readers to discover the other books in these series and to other books by these talented authors.