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Round Two: Odyssey v Solomon

Match: The Odyssey v. The  Ring of Solomon (my review)

Judge: Patricia Reilly Giff

I love you, Patricia Reilly Giff.

Having just stayed up till 2 in the morning reading a book because the thought of sleeping before finishing it was unthinkable (White Cat by Holly Black), I so appreciate this description of that “I should be sleeping but I’m not” feeling: “One other thing that factored in my decision: I had to stay up at night to keep reading, just to see what [the author] had in store, those twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. I was sorry to get to that end.”

A book that the reader is sorry to have end? It’s hard to beat that.

But the reason for my love? Is the title Giff picked to move up. I admit… I didn’t have the faith, and even though I wanted her to pick the title she picked, I did not pick it myself. I am so happy to have picked wrong for this match!

About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is