We’ve narrowed it down to 32 books, and the arguments are already bubbling up. The Lightning Thief crushed Anne of Green Gables, as my son and I had expected, but other pair-ups were very close. Peg Kehret’s books are favorites at this school, so Escaping the Giant Wave managed to squeak out a win over Amulet. Garfield came close to matching Harry Potter, but couldn’t hang on in the end.
As a group, they’re such engaged readers that I expect the arguments to get louder as the weeks go on. It will be fun to see their reactions to this week’s vote, and as the pairings get tougher next month.
I left the book bracket at school, so I’ll update the Terrific 32 pairings here:
Escaping the Giant Wave – Belly Up
Hoot – Powerless
Timmy Failure – Hatchet
The Lemonade War – The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963
The PS Brothers – I Funny
N.E.R.D.S – Big Nate
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall – The Lightning Thief
Eight Keys – Sisters
Calvin & Hobbes – Counting by 7s
Bud, Not Buddy – A Girl Named Disaster
The Giver – Harry Potter
Mary Poppins – The Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The One and Only Ivan – Flora and Ulysses
Athlete vs. Mathlete – Matilda
Wonder – Divergent
The Million Dollar Throw — Smile
How would you vote?