in her decision that she had a hard time feeling Sophie's emotions and connecting with her character in Endangered. While I felt the total opposite I love how this shows how different readers will find different things that speak to them in books. I felt more distance to The Fault in Our Stars. As I've said before this is because I can never quite shut out John Green's voice from my head when I read his books. I see and hear him in every word and it distances me from all the characters and action. Still I appreciate how tough the decision was that Leavitt faced and appreciated how she celebrated both books and discussed why she chose the one she did at length. I have been eating an egg almost every day for breakfast for half a century. Then I read this: “It’s embarrassing that we all just walk through life blindly accepting that scrambled eggs are fundamentally associated with mornings.” I determined to eat pizza for breakfast the next day, and eggs for supper. That’s the sort of thing a book should do. It should make you eat different. Be different. And I was. When I finished this book I was different. I love this.
shortest decision this year. She discusses the strengths of both books and then makes her decision, but gives little reasoning for it. I thank Grace Lin and Laura Amy Schlitz for crafting such concrete, entertaining worlds. But I’m told I must choose one, so I shall choose Splendors and Glooms. Now I will quickly send off this review before I flip flop, again.
He did discuss the strengths and commonalities of both books and that's a good thing. Though flipping a coin to determine the winner is not such a good thing. If authors are being bullied into being judges to the extent that they're so stressed out they need to flip coins maybe SLJ needs to come up with a different process for selecting judges. So in the end we have two profiles in courage about underdogs who dare to follow their hearts. One features a groundbreaking bookseller and literacy pioneer, the other a girl dealing with more than a dragon tattoo. Which one would you choose?
Match One: Thursday, March 28
Bomb: the Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous WeaponVS The Fault in Our Stars by Jone Green
The mercenary part of me wants to see The Fault in Our Stars win because I don't want it a contender for the Undead. The honest idealistic part of me can't settle for that though. I genuinely believe Bomb to be the better constructed book. So it is the one I hope moves forward.
Judge: Lynne Rae Perkins (The Fault in Our Stars)
Match Two: Friday, March 29
No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson VS Starry River of the Sky by Laura Amy Schlitz
I don't really care which one of these wins. I appreciate both of their literary strengths greatly but as a reader don't love either one. Splendors and Glooms gets my vote though because I want a MG fiction to make it to the finals.
Judge: James Patterson (????? Splendors and Glooms)