Our original list of 64 has finally been pared down to 16. Powerless, The Lemonade War and The Giver are out. Hoot, The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 and Harry Potter survived to fight another day. This week, Divergent goes up against Smile, Harry Potter battles Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and The Lightning Thief may have a challenge in Sisters. This class loves Raina Telgemeier’s books, but Divergent and The Lightning Thief are tough contenders. Next week, before we vote on the final eight, I’ll give the kids who want to advocate for their favorites a chance to talk.
March Book Madness and other sites also offer book brackets to vote on, and they can be great discussion starters. Voting for your favorites is fun, whether it’s through a website or on a class-specific bracket like ours. I suspect our final winner will be different from the brackets that bring in voters from across the country or the world, but it will be fun to talk about when we’re finished either way.
This week’s pairings:
Escaping the Giant Wave – Hoot
Timmy Failure – The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963
The PS Brothers – Big Nate
The Lightning Thief – Sisters
Calvin & Hobbes – A Girl Named Disaster
Harry Potter– Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The One and Only Ivan – Athlete vs. Mathlete
Divergent – Smile