Wednesday, March 24, 2010

SLJ Round One, Match Eight: Suburbia or City Living?

Tales From Outer Suburbia takes on When You Reach Me and this time, it's Julius Lester in the judge's seat.

Lester is up front about his likes, or should I say, dislikes: "There is an element of time travel in the novel, and I don’t like books or movies in which time travel is an important element." Dear Reader, this is NOT one of those reviews where the reviewer says, "I don't like time travel books but I loved this one!" (I originally wrote, "but OMG I loved this one" and then could not, in any, way, shape, or form, imagine Julius Lester OMG'ing.)

Tales from Outer Suburbia moves on; but it wasn't just time travel that worked against When You Reach Me. Quite simply, Lester liked one book more than the other. One book left him exhilarated and eager to read more; and that book, Suburbia, moved on.

And that, Dear Reader, is what happens in a Battle. One book wins; one book does not; and in the end... There Can Be Only One.

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