The Morning News has begun its Tournament of Books, and SLJ is slated to begin its Battle of the Books on March 12th. I was pleased to see that the Morning News has already taken the gloves off, with Nathan Bradley calling The Yellow Birds a “slathering of wan cliches,” and I hope the SLJ judges will similarly refrain from holding back–too often those judges indulge in ostentatious and overlong handwringing about how HARD it is to DECIDE between two such ever-shining testaments to the power of the written word, blah, blah, blah, awesome, awesome, wimp out, PEACE.
On Thursday, the Morning News will choose between Louise Erdrich’s National Book Award winner The Round House and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, whose omission from this year’s Printz lineup intrigues me. (Does anyone know the scoop?) I’d go with the Green–The Round House has a Jodi Picoult plot but, to my ears, a flat affect that keeps the story and characters at too much of a distance. BoB’s first bracket, judged by Kenneth Oppel on March 12, is Steve Sheinkin’s Bomb versus R.J. Palacio’s Wonder. Not a fan of the latter. How about you?