Anne of Green Gables is your School Library’s 2022 Y.A. Lit Tournament Champion!
The Championship Final was another extremely close match-up that went right down to the final votes. Fans of The Hate U Give gave all the love they had for that powerful novel, but in the end the Canadian classic from Lucy Maud Montgomery took the victory, the crown, the trophy, the belt, and the everlasting glory that comes from winning the very first Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School Library Young Adult Literature Tournament Championship!
Congratulations to all the fans of the Canadian classic. More importantly, a huge thanks goes out to everyone who participated in the tournament by casting your ballots.
Anne of Green Gables may take home the silverware, but the real winner today is you, the READER! When you can, take some time to revisit some of the 64 nominated titles from this wonderful tournament.
The PRIZE DRAW will take place on Monday, April 11, so check back then.
Your School Library’s March Madness YA Lit Tournament has reached the final round. 64 books started out with hopes of glory, but now there are only two left standing. Which book will earn the ultimate prize?
It is Anne of Green Gables v The Hate U Give in the Championship Final.
We are down to the Final Four. 64 YA and Teen Novels have battled it out and now there are only 4 left standing. John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars takes on The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. Meanwhile, the Canadian classic, Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery, takes on JK Rowling’s Harry Potter.
The Elite Eight promised some compelling and hard fought contests, although several matchups weren’t as close as anticipated. Harry Potter was dominant in a win over The Hunger Games, as was The Hate U Give as it rolled over Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. The victory was a bit harder to come by for Anne of Green Gables as it defeated The Book Thief. Meanwhile, the one nail biter of the round saw The Fault in Our Stars eke out a last second win over The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Semi-Final voting runs April 5th and 6th, closing afterschool Wednesday. Voting in the Championship Final will run April 7th and 8th.
Our YA Lit Tournament has reached the “Regional Final” stage as the novels still standing battle it out for a trip to the Final Four! Voting for the Elite Eight closes today after school. Be sure to cast your ballot: Every vote counts, and every vote is another chance to win PRIZES!
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.
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.
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.
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!