Novel Madness Continues

As you know, my sixth-grade students are debating their favorite novels. Yesterday they finished eliminating half of their top sixteen. Pairs of students argued for each book. They prepared their pitch and tried to anticipate what their opponent would say against them. They said their piece, then the opponent had one minute to refute. Then the other side went and the original team had one minute to refute. Then the class voted. Here are the results of round 1, with the winners in red:

Unwanteds by Lisa McMann vs. Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins vs. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins vs. Matilda by Roald Dahl

Holes by Louis Sachar vs. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan vs. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale (Pendragon) vs. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan (39 Clues) vs. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins vs. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

Stay tuned this week as we crown a winner on Thursday! Feel free to post encouragement for your favorites!

2 responses to “Novel Madness Continues”

  1. Submitted on 2012/04/03 at 11:54 am

    Personally, I love Cinder and I’m thrilled to see it on the list still! It only came out this January, but it’s a good one.

  2. Submitted on 2012/04/04 at 10:07 am

    yep its definetely a good book but its got tough competition!

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