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Round One: Solomon v World

MatchThe 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.)

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


  1. I’m with you. Seriously impressed with Adam Rex.

  2. I do a lot of book reviewing, and am getting a big kick out of the different approaches the judges take.

  3. Sondy, every now and then I can begin a review channeling the book, but I cannot pull it of and stay in character for the entire review. I loved how Rex pulled it off.

    Tricia, yes! I’m having as much fun with the styles of the authors as with the decisions.