As summer comes to an end at the Caledon Public Library, it’s also time to wrap up our annual Battle of the Books! This year showcased 8 bestselling books from a wide assortment of genres. It quickly became clear, however, that two titles were leading the pack, staying neck and neck with each other for most of the voting! I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson and Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys were so close that there were numerous times when the two were tied for first place. During the last few weeks, it was difficult to guess which of the mighty duo would win, but as the end of voting neared, I’ll Give You the Sun snuck into the lead and ultimately became the Battle of the Books champion!
I’ll Give You the Sun is a Printz award winning novel about twins Noah and Jude, who are inseparable until a series of misunderstandings, jealousies, and a major loss in their lives tears them apart. Alternating perspectives between the past and the present, readers watch how the twins grow and change, and are able to slowly piece together the events which led to their ultimate detachment. Nelson’s writing is beautiful and moving, and the narrative is one that readers won’t soon forget!
While I’ll Give You the Sun was our 2016 Battle of the Books winner, that isn’t to say that its competitors are any less worthy. Check out our other Battle of the Books participants below, and click on the link to reserve your copy today!
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Battle of the Books Champion)
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Survival Story inspired by the greatest tragedy in Maritime history)
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (Graphic Novel told from the Villain’s perspective)
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (Roman inspired Fantasy with amazing world building)
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (Alternative History: What if Hitler won WWII?)
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson (A boy who is abducted by aliens must decide if the world is worth saving)
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (The author of The Book Thief tells a suspenseful, contemporary tale)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (A Classic that has stood the test of time)