First let me start off by saying that both of these books are wonderful. I am so happy that I got to read both of them. They aren't books that I would have ever picked up on my own, so I am so glad that these were the two books assigned to me and my judging partner ReaganStarr (Star Shadow).
Threads and Flames is a fantastic piece of historical fiction. The characters were wonderful, you adore the main character and you spend the entire novel wondering what will happen when the tragedy strikes. who will survive?
Out of My Mind takes us into the mind of Melody, an eleven year old who is trapped in her own body. Many people say that books can take you places. This book took us into the mind of an exceptional girl who despite being a prisoner in her own body, doesn't give up and longs to communicate with the outside world.
The winner of Bracket 22 and the book going on to the final round of this competition is....
Both of these novels are remarkable works of fiction, but I think our ultimate deciding factor was memorability. Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper is a novel that sticks with you. Long after you have turned that last page, you can't get Melody out of your mind. It is a book that reminds us that appearances can be deceiving, and a person can be so much more than what you see on the outside. Seeing through Melody's eyes was like seeing a whole new world, and it is a book I will never forget.
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