The March Madness Teen Book Tournament is well underway! So far teens have eliminated 24 books to determine the Elite 8. In case you’re just now joining in, you’ll find a selection of the original 32 finalists available on display in the teen section of the Columbia Public Library.
How the March Madness Teen Book Tournament Works:
Through a series of voting each week in March we are narrowing our list of 32 finalists to one grand champion who will be announced in April.
- Round 1 (February 6-26): Voting complete.
- Round 2 (March 5-11): Voting complete.
- Round 3 (March 12-18): Vote for your favorite 4 individual titles among the Elite 8.
- Round 4 (March 19-25):Vote for your favorite 2 individual titles among the Final 4.
- Round 5 (March 26-April 1): Vote or your favorite title among the remaining 2 finalists.
- April 2: The champion is announced!
Each round that you vote, your name is entered into our prize drawing for free books and gift cards to Barnes & Noble! This week’s winners are Jansen Smith of Boone County and Audrey Brandon of Callaway County. Jansen has won a $15 gift card to Barnes & Noble, while Audrey has won a free copy of The Lost Songs by Caroline B. Cooney.
For the next round, you may vote online at teens.dbrl.org or pick up a paper ballot at one of our three branch locations. Limit one ballot per person, per round. Learn more at http://teens.dbrl.org/march-madness.
Based on teen votes throughout the month of February and early March, below is the list of Elite 8 titles that will move on to the next round of voting:
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Shifter by Janice Hardy
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Witch & Wizard by James Patterson
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak