Yesterday we revealed the brackets with judges — our final closing judge being none other than Ann M. Martin herself. To say we are excited (“we” being us three who constitute the Battle Commander and our SLJ editor Shelley Diaz) is an understatement. And we know many others gearing up too. But I truly hope even more join in — this is a great way to revisit 16 fabulous 2015 titles and to watch 15 amazing judge-writers at work, considering and exploring them in some terrific ways. Not to mention having fun perusing Mark Tuchman’s witty graphics. And we’ve got kid commentators too — anyone who has read what they have to say will agree — they are often the stars of the battle. To learn more check out Rebecca Miller’s editorial, “The Joys of a Good Book (Battle)” and Shelley’s overview, “Primed for a Fight“. Hope to see you out there, cheering on your favorites!