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Round 4: The Big Kahuna

My prediction: “Far Far Away v Rose Under Fire v (return from grave) Eleanor & Park, Judge Jennifer Holm. And what will win here? I think Eleanor & Park.” How close was I? Boxers & Saints vs P.S. Be Eleven vs Eleanor & Park judged by Jennifer Holm Alas, I wasn’t right enough to really matter — at this point, the odds were against me. [...]

Round 3, Match 2

My prediction: “P.S. Be Eleven v Rose Under Fire, Judge Robin LaFevers. I think Rose Under Fire will take this one.” What actually happened?  P.S. Be Eleven vs The Thing About Luck judged by Robin LeFevers. So, going in, half-right! Alas, the wrong half: P.S. Be Eleven moved on to Round 4. I think, much as it’s fun to read the decisions [...]

Round 3, Match 1

My prediction: “Boxers & Saints v Far Far Away, Judge Patrick Ness. I’m putting my money on Far Far Away.” What it was: Boxers and Saints vs Far Far Away! YAY. What advanced: Boxers and Saints. BOO. I am not booing Ness’s decision; no, I’m booing myself and luck in that I didn’t guess the right title. Ah, [...]

Round 2, Match 4

My prediction: “Rose Under Fire v True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, Judge Katherine Marsh. Another choice between two books I read; and so I’m picking Rose.” The actual match: The Thing About Luck vs The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp judged by Katherine Marsh. And for the third time, half-right. So all I needed was for True Blue [...]

Round 2, Match 3

My prediction: “March Book One v P.S. Be Eleven, Judge Joseph Bruchac. Having not read either one, I’ll go with P.S. Be Eleven.” The actual match: Hokey Pokey vs P.S. Be Eleven judged by Joseph Bruchac And once again — I began half-right. What did Bruchac pick? P.S. Be Eleven! See, sometimes for brackets it doesn’t matter if you’re only half-right, as long [...]

Round 2, Match 2

Once I realized it was going to be impossible to write up and post my reactions to the various matches, it became freeing! So yes, I’m a day (or more) late. But rest assured, late as my commentary is and will be — it’ll still be here! My prediction: “Doll Bones v Far Far Away, Judge Rae [...]

Round 2, Match 1

And so Round 2! My prediction: “The Animal Book v Boxers & Saints, Judge Tonya Bolden. I’m going with “pick something I read,” so Boxers & Saints.” And I accurately predicted what the match would be: it was, indeed, The Animal Book v Boxers & Saints. And double prediction: I was also right about Boxers & Saints moving [...]

Round 1, Match 8

And finally, the last of the matches in Round 1: True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp v What the Heart Knows, Judge Sheila Turnage My prediction: “Having read True Blue, that’s my pick.” And I was right! Alas, I don’t think this return to picking the right decision means my brackets are saved. One thing I [...]

Round 1, Match 7

Match 7: Rose Under Fire v The Thing About Luck, Judge Malinda Lo My prediction: “Rose Under Fire because Lo writes young adult books.” And NOOOOOOO. Lo totally let me down by not being Team YA! What I liked best about Lo’s decision is the analytic approach she took. “I’ve decided that making this judgement call [...]

Round 1, Match 6

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Match 6: Midwinterblood v P.S. Be Eleven, Judge Mac Barnett My prediction: “While I read and love Midwinterblood, I think it isn’t for everyone. Plus, I realized I kept on picking based on what I’d read, so this time, I went with what I haven’t read – P.S. Be Eleven.” And wow, did I turn [...]