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March Madness 2015 – Sweet 16

VOTE NOW through February 20 for the Sweet 16!

A new season of book rivalries has begun. Vote for our favorite titles from a pool of the 32 most popular teen books of the year. Your votes will narrow down the list to the 2015 Mid-Missouri teen book champion. For added excitement, each round you vote, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes like t-shirts, books, and other items.

Vote in the Media Center or online at http://bit.ly/1AxfR8o until February 20 for the Sweet 16.  Once the 16 finalists are selected, there will be four rounds of weekly voting that will take place in March. I will announce the winner on April 7.

How It Works:

  • Round 1: VOTE NOW through February 20 for the Sweet 16.
  • Round 2: Vote March 4-11 for the Elite 8.
  • Round 3: Vote March 12-18 for the Final 4.
  • Round 4: Vote March 19-25 for the final two contending titles.
  • Round 5: Vote March 26-April 1 for the book tournament champion.
  • April 7: The champion is announced!

For each round that you vote, your name is entered into our prize drawing! Limit one ballot per person, per round.

March Madness Teen Book Tournament Finalists

ASYLUM by Madeleine Roux

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia

THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

CINDER by Marissa Meyer

CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare

CLOCKWORK ANGEL by Cassandra Clare

THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black

CRANK by Ellen Hopkins

DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver

THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray

DIE FOR ME by Amy Plum

DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green

GRACELING by Kristin Cashore

HUSH, HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick

I HUNT KILLERS by Barry Lyga

IF I STAY by Gayle Forman

INSURGENT by Veronica Roth

IT’S KID OF A FUNNY STORY by Ned Vizzini

LEGEND by Marie Lu

THE LONERS : QUARANTINE #1 by Lex Thomas

LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green

MARKED by P.C. Cast

THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN  by Ransom Riggs

SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo

SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi

SLATED by Teri Terry

SLATHBOG’S GOLD by Mark Forman

SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING by Chris Colfer

UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand


Chronicles of a Media Center Renovation: Part IX

I’m not sure how adept you are at reading Roman numerals, but this is the 9th post in this series. After seven long months of being crammed into a classroom with a limited number of books and resources (and space), the renovations are complete.  Now for the fun part: moving everything back.

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Road Trip with Angela Blount: Guest Author

A few months ago, local author Angela Blount contacted me about her new book Once Upon a Road Trip. We emailed back and forth a few times, and she agreed to come speak to my book club.  Not only did she share her story of becoming an author, but she also shared valuable advice for my students about writing, publishing, writing guilds, and writing book reviews.  It was a great experience! If you get a chance, pick up her book.  It’s a great read!

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Chronicles of a Media Center Renovation: Part VIII

Two more months until the library renovations are completed.


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