Why did the book I scored low win?

Three judges read all the finalists and score them, much as they do in the First Round. They rank the books and answer the musical question, "Should this book win?"

Based on the scores, the ranking, and the answer to that final question, the Competitions Chair finds the book which has been deemed the best in the opinions of our judges.

It has happened that one of the judges hated a particular book, while the other two judges thought it was the best of the lot. This is a function of the judging process and there's no way we've found to get around it. We can only take the data the judges provide and make the best determination possible.