In the Muirlands library, there is A Tournament of Books competition January 6th-March 27th. The first week back from Winter break, students nominated the titles of their favorite books, in the hope that their submissions would get enough nominations to be in the top 16 nominated books. The 16 books with the most nominations participate in the March Madness tournament. Between January 13th and February 29th, students will have the opportunity to read any or all of these 16 titles before the voting begins. The week of March 2nd, students will have the opportunity to begin the voting process. Each of the 16 titles is in direct competition with another of the titles. The winning 8 books will continue into the next week, competing directly against another title in those 8 books. The following week, the 4 books that won the previous week will compete against each other to determine the final 2 books in the competition. The last week's voting will determine which of those final two books will emerge as the winner and claim the title of Favorite Book of Muirlands Middle School for the 19-20 school year. Go Dolphin Readers!!
Here is the list of the top 16 nominated books that will compete in our tournament:
- The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin
- Guts, by Raina Telgemeier
- Keeper of the Lost Cities, by Shannon Messenger
- Land of Stories, by Chris Colfer
- Dear Martin, by Nic Stone
- The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
- The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan
- Ruins of Gorlan, by John Flanagan
- A Night Divided, by Jennifer Nielson
- Playing for the Commandant, by Suzy Zail
- Blood Heir, by Amelie Wen Zhao
- Pendragon, by D.J. MacHale
- Booked, by Kwame Alexander
- Positive: A Memoir, by Paige Rawl
- Scythe, by Neal Shusterman
- The Giver, by Lois Lowry
The books are available for checkout in the library, though they will probably go quickly. A shout out to our ASB for supporting the library in this endeavor. The books on the list have been "bracketed" so students can see which books are directly competing with one another for the first round of voting the week of March 2nd. Students do not need to vote on every bracket if they do not want to.
If a student is disappointed not to see one of their nominated titles on the list, here is a list of all of the nominated books. It makes a good suggestion list for students looking for recommendations from their peers beyond the books that made it into the tournament.
Voting Begins the Week of March 2nd, 2020. Reading Begins…..NOW!
Questions? Please contact the tournament organizer, our librarian Lori Vintika at ext. 3071 or firstname.lastname@example.org.