Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice"
to the Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Lisa, Melanie, and Lanny
for hosting this meeting place each day in March
and for nurturing our writing lives.
It's been interesting to watch the power of one vote! I'm retired, but our after school book club, Books, Brownies, & Beyond, is participating in March Book Madness. In our first round, Sweet Sixteen voting, we had a tie between Brown Girl Dreaming and The Honest Truth . . . until Ms. Bowman's vote for Brown Girl Dreaming moved it to our winning spot. This past week we had a tie in our Elite Eight round between El Deafo and Crenshaw until Evan's vote broke the tie and moved Crenshaw into the winning spot. This week we'll vote on The Final Four: A Night Divided vs. Sisters and Pax vs. Crenshaw. I wonder if any of our winning titles will be determined by a single vote!
If you want, take a look at the brackets for the middle grade titles (scroll down past the ballot for the final four), and leave a comment for the book title that you wish had not been eliminated. I think I speak for our entire book club when I say that we wish The War That Saved My Life was still standing. In first round voting, it had a 7 point lead over Booked. And in second round voting, it had a 5 point lead over Pax.
I love getting involved in March Book Madness. If you like this sort of thing, take a look at School Library Journal's Battle of the Kids' Books. Their battle pits sixteen of the very best books for young people of the year, judged by some of the biggest names in children's books. I love reading the author's thinking for each battle as he/she evaluates each title and then decides on the winner.