I neglected the first rule of BoB. Consider carefully the judge. Care-ful-ly. Knowing the judge of each match may very well change a prediction. Yesterday, I gleefully proclaimed the winner for today without even noticing who the judge is. Sarah Mlynowski writes books with edge, even when writing for middle graders. If I considered that carefully, I may have guessed that she would pick Far, Far Away as the winning book in this match. ***strikes forehead with palm!**** Duh.
That said, her praise of both books convinced me that she chose wisely and well.
No more predictions for me. My arrogance is justly punished.