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Round 3, Match 2

The second match of round two is Splendors and Glooms vs No Crystal Stair, Judged by James Patterson. My prediction was “Splendors and Glooms v The One and Only Ivan, Judge James Patterson. Neither seems like Patterson’s books, but I’m going to go with The One and Only Ivan. Call it intuition.” Well, pretty poor [...]

Round 3, Match 1

We’re getting down to the end! Round Three, Baby! It’s Match 1. Bomb vs The Fault in Our Stars, Judged by Lynne Rae Perkins. My prediction for this had been “Code Name Verity v The Fault in our Stars, Judge Lynne Rae Perkins. Much as I adore Verity, I think Perkins will be swayed by [...]

Round 2, Seraphina v. Stair

It’s with this match that my predictions crumble so that they start becoming more fantastical. Or wrong. So this match is Seraphina vs No Crystal Stair – Judged by Paul Griffin. I had predicted “Seraphina v. The One and Only Ivan, Judge Paul Griffin. Prediction: Griffin likes animals, right? So he’ll select The One and [...]

Round Two, Sky v Glooms

Match 3 of the second round is Starry River of the Sky vs Splendors and Glooms, Judged by Thanhha Lai. As luck would have it, I predicted to this match up: “No idea, coin toss gives it to Splendors and Glooms.” Thanha Lai admits to not always finishing books; she uses the fifty page rule [...]

Round Two: Endangered v Stars

The second match of round two: Endangered v. The Fault in the Stars, judged by Martine Leavitt. My prediction: I had predicted this match up, and my guess was “The Fault in Our Stars, because, well, John Green.” One thing I liked about Leavitt’s opinion: she talked about both books and not just “what I [...]

Round Two, Bomb v Code Name Verity

And Round Two begins with a World War II Match: Bomb v. Code Name Verity, judged by Donna Jo Napoli. I had predicted just this match, and as for the outcome: “Prediction: The power of Code Name Verity compels me to say it will be selected.” You all may remember just how I feel about [...]

SLJ BoB: Crystal v Ivan

And now, the final match for Round One: No Crystal Stair v The One and Only Ivan, judged by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. My prediction: “The One and Only Ivan, because Mr. Schu likes Ivan so much and that’s as good a reason as any.” John. John, John, John. It is all John’s fault, then, that [...]

SLJ BoB: Moonbird v Seraphina

Catching up on the matches from this past week! So, Moonbird v. Seraphina, Judged by Marie Lu. My prediction: “Lu has written fantasy, Seraphina is fantasy.” What did Lu decide? Lu noticed the obvious similarity between the two: “Upon closer inspection, however, I actually found quite a bit of similarity between the two. After all, [...]

SLJ BoB: Spy v Splendors

Next up, Liar and Spy v Splendors and Glooms as judged by Franny Billingsley. My prediction? “Prediction: Splendors and Glooms just seems more like Billingsley’s type of book, for some reason. We’ll see!” OK. I am giggling madly here, because, and you just will. not. believe. it, but, let’s cut to the chase: “I have [...]

SLJ BoB: Stars v Starry

Now up: Jepp Who Defied the Stars v Starry River of the Sky, judged by Adam Gidwitz. My prediction: “Starry River of the Sky. I’ve read neither book and am quite stumped, to be honest. Because I picked the first book in the pairs, above, I went with Starry River of the Sky because it’s [...]