The Sweet Sixteen of our March Madness: YA Lit Tournament wrapped up yesterday, leaving only 8 of the original 64 still standing.
In the Classic regional, Canada prevailed as Anne of Green Gables narrowly eliminated The Giver, 51-49. The big story, however, was seeing the only top seed fall through the first three rounds. #1 Little Women was upset by #5 The Book Thief, 59-41. So Australia’s Zusak takes on Canada’s Montgomery for a spot in the Final Four.
Both matchups were very close in the Current Issues regional, as all four titles have very strong fan bases. #1 The Hate U Give needed a last minute push to edge out The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The same was true for #2 Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe which just eked out a victory over the last remaining representative of this year’s Surrey Teens Read, Firekeeper’s Daughter. This upcoming contest looks far too close to call.
In Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Supernatural, top seed Harry Potter made surprisingly easy work of The Maze Runner, 66-34, while The Hunger Games eliminated Percy Jackson. So magical teens take on violent teens in the next stage.
In the “Battle of the John Green Novels,” top seed The Fault in Our Stars earned a comfortable win over Looking for Alaska. Meanwhile, #2 seed The Perks of Being a Wallflower knocked off Stargirl. So it is Green v. Chbosky in the Popular regional final.
With spots in the Final Four on the line, it promises to be an exciting week of voting in the Elite Eight. Go here to VOTE NOW.