Vote Now! We are down to the Sweet Sixteen in our March Madness YA Lit Tournament. There are some incredibly tight races so every vote counts. And don’t forget, each time you vote, your name goes into a draw for PRIZES!
Voting for the Sweet Sixteen closes after school today.
Television’s greatest game-show, in fact, one of its greatest shows, period, made its debut on this day in 1964.
Most people associate Jeopardy with the legendary Alex Trebek, who hosted Jeopardy from 1984 until his death in 2020.
The task of hosting the show in the long shadow of Trebek has fallen to Mayim Bialik, and Jeopardy’s “Greatest of All Time,” Ken Jennings. Nobody will ever replace Alex Trebek, but both Bialik and Jennings are doing a wonderful job.
Updates from the March Madness YA Lit Tournament “Round of 32”
The Round of 32 is in the books. The number of voters was down, but that was expected over the March Break. Regardless, the results were still very compelling!
In the Popular YA regional, the higher seeds all advanced. The Perks of Being a Wallflower will move on to face Stargirl, which won a nail biter over Th1rteen R3asons Why. Meanwhile, it will be an all-John Green match-up as both The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska won their 2nd round games.
The Current Issues regional gave us one big upset, as #12 seed The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian shocked #4 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Firekeeper’s Daughter advances, as does The Hate You Give, with a unanimous shutout over If You Could Be Mine. The closest battle saw Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe narrowly squeak by Long Way Down.
There were a few more shutouts in the Classic regional. Both Little Women and Anne of Green Gables crushed their opponents by unanimous decisions. The Book Thief cruised to a comfortable win over The Catcher in the Rye, while The Giver upset that book still found in English classrooms all over North America, The Outsiders.
The Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Supernatural regional also featured some shutouts. Top seeds Harry Potter and The Hunger Games both earned flawless victories. The Maze Runner handled Divergent, while in an upset unimaginable a decade ago, #6 Percy Jackson defeated #3 Twilight.
Madeleine Albright was born in 1937 in Prague ( in what is now Czechia). Her family fled from both the Nazis and the Communists. The family first left the country after the German invasion of Czechoslovakia, returned after the end of the Second World War, only to flee again, this time from the Communists in 1948. Albright was a brilliant student who would go on to earn her PhD from Columbia University. She then served in both academic and government positions, providing expertise as a foreign policy advisor. In 1993 she became U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. In 1997 she became Secretary of State, the first female to be appointed to that prestigious position in the U.S. Cabinet.
Madeleine Albright leaves many legacies from her life of academics and public service, including the book Fascism: A Warning.
As the 2022 March Madness YA Lit Tournament got underway at your School Library, the dream of 64 competitors was to become March Madness Champions. Instead, suddenly it was all over for half of them. 32 books who were eliminated. Sent packing. Dreams crushed.
Most of the contests were very decisive, and went according to expectations, with the higher seeds advancing to the next round. However, there were a few upsets, and a number of matchups went right down to the wire.
As expected, all the Regional #1 Seeds cruised to victory. Harry Potter, Little Women, The Fault in Our Stars, and The Hate U Give all advanced, with Angie Thomas’ novel crushing Speak, 97-3. However, that wasn’t the largest margin of victory. That distinction went to #2 seed The Hunger Games, which obliterated Song of the Lioness with a 100-0 shutout.
As one might expect, the 8 v 9 contests were very close. Shadow and Bone just edged past The Marrow Thieves, and If You Could Be Mine squeaked by Dumplin’, both match-ups going to the final buzzer and 51-49 scores. However, those weren’t the only contests to finish 51-49, as All the Bright Places scared #3 If I Was Your Girl before a heartbreaking finish, while #4 Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was nearly upset by Dear Martin.
There were a few upsets. with two #10 seeds, Long Way Down and Infernal Devices advancing. The biggest upset of the round was #12 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian shocking #5 You Should See Me in a Crown.
Thanks to everyone who voted. We look forward to seeing how your votes give us some more surprises and tight match-ups in the Round of 32.
A few updates and reminders as we head into that wonderful time of year we call March Break!
March Madness continues. The “Round of 32” gets underway March 11 and will conclude on March 27. The “Sweet 16” round will start on the day we return to school, March 28. Be sure to vote in each round. Every time you vote, your name goes into the draw for PRIZES! Stay up-to-date with everything that is happening with March Madness by checking back HERE over the break.
March Break Reading
Make sure that you have some good books to read over the Break. Come down to the School Library by the end of today to ensure that you can head into March Break with some good reading material. Staff are reminded that you can also peruse the March Break Library Cart that is making its way around the school.
Students and Staff are also reminded that for those that might not get the chance to come in person to the School Library today, over the March Break you can visit us online, and borrow one of our eBooks or other electronic resources. Find out more here.
St. Patrick’s Day
We will be away on March Break when St. Paddy’s day rolls around on March 17. Remember to wear green that day– and remember that we are celebrating St. Paddy’s Day ALL MONTH LONG in the School Library.
International Women’s Day
IWD was March 8, but just like St. Paddy’s Day, we can’t possibly limit the celebration to 24 hours, so we are also celebrating International Women’s Day ALL MONTH LONG!
Voting continues in the opening round of March Madness. Go HERE to cast your votes as 64 YA novels compete in 1-on-1 matchups to advance to the Round of 32. Get your vote in for this round before the polls close at 2:30 on Thursday.
March Madness is open to all Lord Tweedsmuir students and staff, as well to “friends of the School Library” from the wider community!
International Women’s Day is coming up soon, just a a few days away: Tuesday, March 8. We are celebrating all month long. Here are some books to help us learn more about the ongoing struggle for women’s rights in Canada and around the world.