Welcome back!

Beginning March 2015, this site will host its second March Madness book battle featuring underappreciated young adult and middle grade fiction.

All credit goes to Katie (Goodreads, Twitter) and School Library Journal’s Battle of the Kids’ Books for the inspiration.


I adore recommending and discussing books I love – especially when those books don’t seem to be discussed very often. Like last year, the novels that make up this year’s bracket are great books that most people I meet haven’t heard of, much less read.

The judges in this battle are Goodreads friends of mine, wonderful volunteers who were only given this instruction: choose one book to advance and write a response as to why you chose it. Their responses are not meant to be objective statements (if such things exist); they might be a hodgepodge of summaries, quotes, discussion of literary merits or faults, personal biases, or general thoughts on YA and MG fiction. (Read more about the criteria here; there’s also a post-2014 battle followup post here.)

(Who am I, you ask? I’m Beth. You can find me here on Goodreads.)

Battle Parameters:

  • Underappreciated. The books that comprise the bracket are books I too rarely see mentioned and discussed. Most have never been on bestseller lists. Some are out of print. All but two are not on the shelves of any (!) New York City Barnes and Noble – and this despite critical and in some cases awards recognition.
  • Middle grade and young adult fiction. I’m going by publisher designation to determine this.

The full posting schedule can be accessed via the link in the navigation just under the site title.

Thank you all for participating! It means more than I can say.

(Note: this post has been revised slightly for the 2015 battle. You can find the original welcome post here.)


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