Gianna's opening statement: I think after you read my predictions, you'll understand why people call me the Nate Silver of book awards.
Liz's opening statement: Who are these people saying you're Nate Silver? We aren't counting the voices in your head.
Round One: Fiction
The nominees are:
So, that narrows my choices down to Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, A Hologram for the King, The Round House, and The Yellow Birds. All great I am sure, but since I have only read two of these, I can narrow it down even further to Hologram for the King and The Round House. No, those aren't the two I read; I never end up reading the winners, so obviously I should take the two I've already read out. So, if I follow that logic, my final choice is Louise Erdrich's The Round House because not only have I not read this novel, I've never read any of her books. If you listen carefully you can hear Liz scream….
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
(Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press)