Novel Madness 2013!

animated_book02For the second year in a row, my class will participate in a contest called NOVEL MADNESS. In teams, they brainstormed their favorite books of all time. Then, as a class, they voted on the top sixteen. This year the results were different than last year. Is it maybe because I have eleven fifth graders as well as eighteen sixth graders this year? Or is it because the popular books have shifted?

On Monday, March 11, 2013, pairs of students will present arguments in favor of the book they’ve selected. The class will vote, eliminating half the books in the first round. Click on the book’s title to read the students’ persuasive essays, intended to influence their classmates’ vote. Stay tuned here for the results!

First round matchups:

Mark of Athena vs. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
by Rick Riordan              by J.K. Rowling
Matilda    vs.      BFG
both by Roald Dahl
The Phantom Tollbooth    vs.    James and the Giant Peach
by Norman Juster                                    by Roald Dahl
The Mysterious Benedict Society  vs.  Harry Potter and the 
                                                                           Chamber of  Secrets
 by Trenton Stewart                                          by J.K. Rowling
Red Pyramid    vs.  Holes
by Rick Riordan         by Louis Sachar
Catching Fire     vs.    Lightning Thief
by Suzanne Collins       by Rick Riordan
Island of the Blue Dolphins  vs. Hunger Games
by Scott O’Dell                                       by Suzanne Collins
Hobbit                vs.      Pie
by J.R.R. Tolkien          by Sarah Weeks

I see some VERY intriguing matchups here! I also see that my class loves Roald Dahl more than last year. The novel that won last year, Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan, is not even listed, but the second place book, Lightning Thief, also by Rick Riordan, is! So which ones do you think should win the first round?

Update: For winners of these matches, click here.

4 thoughts on “Novel Madness 2013!”

  1. Good job Linda. I support anything that gets young folks to put
    down that game controller and pick up a book to read. Personally
    I’m a big Tolkien fan. I also like Terry Pratchett, he makes fantasy
    funny to the bone. Lee

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