Book Wars Bracket: Week 1

For reading month, the Reading Committee is organizing a reading bracket–this is very similar to March Madness for football, but with books instead of teams.  I am not not any kind of football fan.  All I can tell you about football is that MSU is the best because we are a family of Spartans.  I know the Spartan fight song by heart, but beyond that I am lost.  For this reason, another Reading Committee member had to explain March Madness to be at least three times before I even started to understand.  I am sure not one else is as behind the ball (pun intended) as I am, but for the sake of those who are, here’s how March Madness works.

We start off with sixteen teams, and pair them off in groups of two.  Each team will play another team, and whoever wins that game gets to go on to the next level.  This process is repeated until we are down to our winner.  The class that wins will get to choose one book each from the Book Fair that is $10 or less.

In the place of football teams, the Reading Committee had each classroom teacher choose a book to represent their class.  On Tuesday, we held a pump-up assembly where we had a student from each class read a summary for their class book.  We then chose the books that would “play” each other and tape them up on the wall in the gym for everyone to see.  On Friday, the school will get to vote on each match to decide which books move on to the next level.

Each link will bring you to the book’s Goodreads page.  The books facing off are…

The Last 13 vs. The Series of Unfortunate Events

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane v. Because of Winn-Dixie

The Chocolate Touch vs. Hatchet

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe vs. Skippyjon Jones

The City of Ember vs. The BFG

Tiger Rising vs. Wonder

The Legend of Sleeping Bear vs. Clementine

Divergent vs. Sign of the Beaver

What a great list!  These are some really touch matches.  How do you choose between the City of Ember and The BFG, or Tiger Rising and Wonder?  I even see some of my favorites on this list: The Legend of Sleeping Bear and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  I’m VERY excited about the Series of Unfortunate Events!  Who will you vote for?


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