It isn’t easy pitting books against each other. One father told me Nancy Drew was doomed, as our bracket had her competing against The Chosen One (Harry Potter) in the first round.
You don’t have to be a girl detective to know that wasn’t going to end well for Nancy.
Still, our patrons pushed on, casting votes for their favorite children, teen and adult titles, allowing us to narrow our brackets from 64 titles to eight.
That’s right — we have our Elite Eight.
2014 BOOK MADNESS ELITE EIGHT
Harry Potter versus the Magic Tree House series
Curious George by H.A. Rey and Margaret Rey versus Pigeon books by Mo Willems
Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish versus Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo
Shel Silverstein poems versus Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Teens & Adults Bracket
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins versus The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris versus Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened … by Allie Brosh
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee versus The Shining by Stephen King
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson versus The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Elite Eight voting continues through Sunday, so be sure to show support for your favorite(s). If you can’t make it to the Library this weekend, feel free to leave your vote in the comments.
We’ll post an update naming the 2014 ICPL Book Madness Final Four on Monday.