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Round One: Solomon v World
Match: The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud (my review) v Sugar Changed the World by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
Judge: Adam Rex
Oh, sugar, sugar.
You know what is made of awesome sauce? Using footnotes in writing about a Bartimaeus novel. Rex gets it! “I’m even going to go out on a limb and say that Bartimaeus is refreshingly without an arc here. Throughout the book he behaves only in the singularly free-thinking fashion that has made him the irritant of both humans and spirits alike, what with his universal impudence and humorously digressive.”
Bartimaeus is like the House of young adult books. I wouldn’t want to hang out with him in real life, but I sure enjoy reading about him.
Well, OK, if he promised not to eat me? I’d hang out with Bartimaeus.
But it’s up against Sugar! Sugar has illustrations and photographs and primary sources and a timeline and…
Wait, what is Rex asking?
Does it have footnotes? Does it?
(For those following along, I am now 50/50, with both of my final two out of contention.)
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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