>Poor Lois

>I don't envy Lois Lowry her BoB choice between Kingdom on the Waves and The Hunger Games. According to SLJ's poll, public opinion is hardly divided: ol' Octavian has eleven votes while Katnip has 157 and is the top vote getter by far in the pool of sixteen.

I'd go with Kingdom (to short-title a short title), but then I got used to the Roger-Hates-Kids meme back when I was SLJ's YA columnist and let slip that I thought library-sponsored YA kissing contests were stupid. Be strong, Lois!
Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton

Editor Emeritus Roger Sutton was editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., from 1996-2021. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his MA in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a BA from Pitzer College in 1978.

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>It's totally amazing to me that folks think they have a legitimate right to post an opinionated opinion about what should win when they haven't read both entires! Tsk, tsk, that's not fair--- although I admire their gutsy willingness to admit to ignorance. But opinons based onignorance are ignorant and lack validity.

Sincerely, nitpicki

Posted : May 06, 2009 04:24

kathleen duey

>Well. I don't know what I expected to find in the comments about BoB, but this wasn't it! I love you all. Thank you!

Posted : May 06, 2009 03:24


>Anon 1:45

You are just baiting me. You want me to break my promise to stop hijacking Roger's blog. Nunh-unh. No way. Some else is going to have to tell you why that's moronic.


Posted : May 05, 2009 06:21

Lyle Blake

>oversurli, you wrote: "Sometimes I think poorly written books get a pass because they are SRS and SRS books are supposed to be boring."

Can you (or someone else) explain what SRS stands for? I'm totally in the dark on this one.

Lyle Blake

Posted : May 05, 2009 06:13


>oversurli, I am with you.

I would also rather read an outstanding adult nonfiction book than an "outstanding" young adult novel any day. I would have said this as a teenager, too.

Posted : May 05, 2009 05:45

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