Well folks, the first round of the Battle of the Kids' Books is over, but not without a few heartbreakers. I admit it... I got a little bit cocky about my BoB predictions. After the first 5 battles, I was 5-5 - correctly predicting wins for:
- Amelia Lost
- Between Shades of Gray
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone
- Drawing from Memory
But then karma came back with some pretty sharp teeth. And I am mourning the loss of both Heart and Soul and A Monster Calls. I was not too surprised by the loss of the former (that Thanhha Lai was going to be tough to beat), and can't claim too much emotional distress over the loss of the latter because I still haven't finished its opponent (I know, I know).
But the truly devastating loss was today. Wonderstruck vs Okay for Now. A beautifully illustrated book that I would ultimately declare "pretty good," vs one of my top 3 books of the BoB - and really, one of the best books I've ever read. Guess who won? Not one of the best books I've ever read. I am really pretty shocked that Okay for Now will not be moving on to Round 2. At least Doug Swieteck has a real shot at making it back from the Undead Vault!
What do you think, book lovers? Are any of you following the BoB? And if you are, how are you doing on your predictions? Are your favorites coming out on top? Were any losses particularly heartbreaking for you?