Match One, March 21
The Animal Book versus Boxers & Saints
Judge: Tonya Bolden
My Pick: Boxers & Saints
I really loved Boxers & Saints. I like the way the two stories overlap and intertwine, the history, the different perspectives, and the mixture of mediums. I enjoy The Animal Book, but as I said before story will win over books like this for me every time.
Match Two, March 24
Judge: Rae Carson
My Pick: Eleanor &Park
I enjoyed Eleanor &Park for the characters. Both Eleanor and Park are great characters that pull you into their story and make you feel. The only thing Far Far Away made me feel was a desperate need to get far far away from it.
Match Three, March 25
Hokey Pokey versus P.S. Be Eleven
Judge: Joseph Bruchac
My Pick: P.S. Be Eleven
In his decision Tom Angleberger talked about feeling Hokey Pokey was about children rather than for children. I think that sums it up perfectly and I believe P.S. Be Eleven is a both so it is my pick to go on to round three.
Match 4, March 26
Judge: Katherine Marsh
My Pick: The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
Oh it is wretched to have to see the MG books go up against each other. The True Blue Scouts is such a delightful story and one that will appeal to many kids. It is a perfect read aloud book and I can't wait to read it to my son in a couple of years. While The Thing About Luck is technically a good book from a literary standpoint, I didn't enjoy it. At all. It bored me. People keep going on about the amazing characters, but I didn't find them all that amazing. I thought they were rather flat and lost in all the talk about wheat harvesting.
Which of these books should be the winner? Two of my three favorites are out so I'm cheering on P.S. Be Eleven all the way!