I do not care one bit about March Madness (let the stone throwing begin).
All the books are from last year (generally ones that were pretty popular), and the judging is done by authors or editors, including John Green, Linda Sue Park, Nancy Werlin, and, for the final round, Lois Lowry. Very cool.
The first round starts next week, so I’m making my predictions now:
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves versus Ways To Live Forever. I vote for Octavian Nothing, even though I haven’t read it. I know it’s been massively popular and Ways to Live Forever is sweet-ish, but I don’t think will be able to stand against the hulk of Octavian.
The Graveyard Book versus The Trouble Begins at 8. I vote for The Trouble Begins at 8. The Graveyard Book is creepy and clever, but I’m putting my bets on the fact that the judge, Jon Scieszka, will be swayed by the antics of the always awesome Mark Twain.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks versus We Are the Ship. I’m sorry, We Are the Ship; I think you’re awesome. But there is absolutely no way I could vote for you over Frankie. My beloved Frankie.
Graceling versus The Underneath. Tamora Pierce is the judge for this one and, as a fantasy writer, I’m guessing she’ll go for Graceling. Also, I don’t think the weirdness of The Underneath can stand up to the mostly-awesomeness of Graceling.
In a few days, I’ll put up my Round Two predictions. Are these some awesome guesses or did I make some lousy picks? What do you think will win in these match-ups?