On Monday, they'll start announcing the winners of the first round, so here are the rest of my predictions for the Battle of the Books:
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves versus The Trouble Begins at 8. I'm going with Octavian again, even though if it were my own judging, I'm certain I'd pick The Trouble Begins at 8.
Chains versus Here Lies Arthur. Tricky, since I haven't read Here Lies Arthur and also don't know the author who is judging this round, but I'm going to say Chains, I think.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks versus The Hunger Games. Ack, this one makes my soul weep because these were my very two favorite books of 2008. And yet, to probably no one's surprise, I have to choose Frankie. There are not words to express the depths of my love for Frankie. Also, John Green is judging this round and judging by his books, he likes the quirky, free-spirit girls, and I think he will be drawn in by the siren song of Frankie.
Graceling versus Nation. Ergh, I have no freaking idea. Nancy Werlin is judge on this one and she does write fantasy, but hers is not as high fantasy as Graceling is. And Nation is kind of fantasty. Help! Okay. . . Graceling.
Which brings us to ROUND THREE:
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves versus Chains. Chains, I think. Linda Sue Park is judging and Chains seems like it might be more her kind of book. As if I know anything about what "her kind of book" is.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks versus Graceling . Frankie. Duh. Why are you even asking me?
And then, finally, left in the capable hands of Lois Lowry, for the final round, a face off between:
Chains and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. And I choose, once again, Frankie. C'mon, Frankie. You can win it all.
If I get even a few brackets right, I will be celebrating madly over h ere. Also, am I the only one that thinks Frankie Landau-Banks was seriously one of the very very best books of the year? I cannot be.