School Library Journal’s BoB is one of my favorite events of the year. The mad scramble to read all 16 contenders, the howls of misery and delight (remember last year when a certain book lost via a coin toss?), and, of course, a spectacular opportunity to demonstrate my lack of divination powers. So here goes:
Bomb v. Wonder, judged by Kenneth Oppel: he seems to write adventure-ish books, so I’m going with Bomb.
Code Name Verity v. Titanic, judged by Margarita Engle: I can’t see Maddie and Queenie losing out in round 1, so I choose Code Name Verity.
Endangered v. Three Times Lucky, judged by Kathi Appelt: this one’s tricky. Three Times Lucky reminds me of Keeper, but in the spirit of unpredictability, I’m giving this one to Endangered.
The Fault in Our Stars v. Temple Grandin, judged by Deb Caletti: The Fault in Our Stars. Again, I can’t see this one losing out in round 1.
Jepp, Who Defied the Stars v. Starry River of the Sky, judged by Adam Gidwitz: to make up for the randomness of my Kathi Appelt call, I’ll go with Starry River, since it’s fairy tale-ish and more like Gidwitz’s books.
Liar & Spy v. Splendors and Glooms, judged by Franny Billingsley: Chime was creepy, and Splendors and Glooms is creepier than Liar & Spy, so that’s my pick…
Moonbird v. Seraphina, judged by Marie Lu: Seraphina, just because.
No Crystal Stair v. The One and Only Ivan, judged by Catherine Gilbert Murdock: The One and Only Ivan, in defiance of the Newbery Curse.
By this point, I’m lucky if I’ve predicted 3 out of the 8 winners so far. Going with my gut from here on out:
Bomb v. Code Name Verity, judged by Donna Jo Napoli: Code Name Verity
Endangered v. The Fault in Our Stars, judged by Martine Leavitt: The Fault in Our Stars
Starry River of the Sky v. Splendors and Glooms, judged by Thanhha Lai: Splendors and Glooms
Seraphina v. The One and Only Ivan, judged by Paul Griffin: Seraphina
Code Name Verity v. The Fault in Our Stars, judged by Lynne Rae Perkins: The Fault in Our Stars
Splendors and Glooms v. Seraphina, judged by James Patterson: Splendors and Glooms
Big Kahuna Round
The Fault in Our Stars v. Splendors and Glooms v. Code Name Verity (back from the dead), judged by Frank Cottrell Boyce: Code Name Verity