It’s that time of year . . . .
For those of you unfamiliar with SLJ BoB; sixteen books are picked. Similar to a sports tournament, they are put into brackets so that one book goes against another. An assigned judge reads the two books and selects a winner. Those winners face off, again one on one, and so on and so on, until the final two and a winner is selected. The fun is twofold: not only what book you think will win, but, once the judges are revealed, trying to guess what book the judge will favor.
The 2012 Contenders, from the SLJ BoB website (links also from the SLJ BoB website). As you can see below, I’ve read many of them. It is more fun to follow if you’ve read the books.
The specific brackets can be viewed here with a downloadable version available here. The judges are still being announced at the SLJ BoB website. Keep on eye on the website, because there are also posts rounding up reactions or explaining the process for selecting these titles.
I’m holding off making any predictions until I find out all the judges and what they’re reading!
ANYA’S GHOST by Vera Brosgol
BOOTLEG by Karen Blumenthal. A finalist for YALSA’s Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.
THE CHESHIRE CHEESE CAT by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright
DEAD END IN NORVELT by Jack Gantos
DRAWING FROM MEMORY by Allen Say
THE GRAND PLAN TO FIX EVERYTHING by Uma Krishnaswami
LIFE: AN EXPLODED DIAGRAM by Mal Peet
WONDERSTRUCK by Brian Selznick