Meg Rosoff, the judge, 'was shocked, transfixed, amazed'. She thought TM was 'utterly astonishing – beautifully written, brave, uncompromising, highly uncomfortable – but astonishing' and that her 'fifteen year old self would have killed for a book like this'.
Which is pretty much the best I could hope for. Very happy. Don't mind what happens now. (But I will be watching Round 2 next week - which orange will they put me up against then?)
(Cute pic filched from the SLJ blog.)