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A Chair, A Fireplace & a Tea Cozy
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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 [...]

Flashback March 2008

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A flashback to what I reviewed in March 2008: Quid Pro Quo by Vicki Grant. From my review: “Cyril is probably the youngest person to attend law school: “I started going to law school when I was ten years old.” But, wait for it – ”I love saying that. I love how people look at me like, this guy [...]

Round 1, Match 5

And so we enter week two of the Battle: Hokey Pokey v March Book One, Judge Tom Angleberger My prediction: “Didn’t read either one, I picked March Book One.” I won’t leave you wondering: I didn’t pick the right one. The right one is apparently “Peter Pan times Pilgrim’s Progress times the Teletubbies.” Which leaves me [...]

Hey, Girlfriend

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Jessica Spotswood‘s post at Stacked Books about Positive Girl Friendships in YA got me thinking. About books with friendships between girls, and what those books are usually about, and when and how the friendship matters to the plot and the characters. And what does it mean when I say, “I’d like to read a book [...]

Round 1, Match 4

On to match 4: Far Far Away v Flora & Ulysses, Judge Sarah Mylinowski. My prediction: “Once again, I go with the book I read:Far Far Away.” And I’m back in the game, baby! So, yes, Mlynowski is now my new favorite. (You may notice that I am rather free with my “favorites”.) Is she [...]

Power and Policies and Ages

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Frankly, I wasn’t sure what to call this post. Or even to post. Over this weekend, I read a bunch of posts about Sexual Abuse Allegations and the YouTube Community. YA Flash has a summary of events, if you want to read more. Also, these two articles from the YouTube Gazette, one on power relations [...]

Round 1, Match 3

And now, it’s time to look at the third match of the present round: Doll Bones v Eleanor & Park, Judge Lauren Oliver. My prediction was: “Doll Bones, because. I also think Eleanor & Park will be the “oh, I cannot believe it lost so early” book.” And — I was wrong. But first, let’s look a bit at what happened [...]