And then there were eight. What an exciting Round 1 it’s been! Thank you so much to all the wonderful, wonderful judges. I’m just taking a moment to note that either I’ve rigged it, because the books have similar themes, or I’ve made people’s lives more difficult because the books don’t seem similar at all. I CAN’T WIN.
More seriously, I’ve loved seeing the different ways people respond to these books. I love all of these books, but I knew people would disagree with me (I confess to harboring hope everyone would love everything. I know. I KNOW) – and it’s been so thrilling to see people agree and disagree so eloquently! I’ve been enjoying the comments so much. Prose! Aussie YA! How kids might view these same books! Parenting and the Presidency!
I’m also so happy people appreciated books that didn’t move on, like Izzy, Willy Nilly and The President’s Daughter and A Ring of Endless Light. Which segues perfectly into my (probably annoying) refrain to read every book in this battle!
One last point: in the School Library Journal battle, the middle grade titles typically fare less well than the YA. How did the MG books in our battle do? Well, there are eight MG books in this battle. Four books faced each other. Of the four remaining, three advanced – Greenglass House, The Perilous Gard, and Saffy’s Angel. Against very formidable competition, too. That’s pretty cool.
And now the housekeeping notes! First, Round 2 includes a judge who is new to this year’s battle – Jo, who’s one of my oldest online book-talk friends. She didn’t have time to participate last year and I’m so happy she can join the fabulous, dedicated group of judges this year. Please join me in welcoming her
and convincing her to get a Goodreads account.
Also: new blog format, and fixed comments! (Mostly fixed, that is. WordPress caps replies at 10 comments to a thread.) Anyway, I hope you are all enjoying that! And the site’s bracket has been updated to show the books that advanced to Round 2.
Thank you all for participating! On to Round 2, which starts this Tuesday! BE EXCITED.