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March Madness Teen Book Bracket

Teen books are going head-to-head in a Books Bracket competition online at During the month of March, public vote will determine which books advance to the next round, with a champion title chosen by the end of the month.

Teen Services Librarians Maeghan Dolan and Tracy Arnold selected 16 books to start the Books Bracket voting the week of March 4 - 10.

“We wanted to have something for every reader's taste as much as possible, so we considered what has been gobbled up by teen readers of late,” said Dolan. “Similar genres are placed together in each bracket to make a more exciting and fair matchup,” she added.

Books in the bracket deal with social justice topics, gender identity, mental illness, fandom, refugee narratives and survival stories, as well as perpetual favorites like contemporary romance and dystopian fiction.

“Voting on the Books Bracket will give teens the chance to promote books they already love, or find new titles similar to books they’ve enjoyed in the past,” said Dolan. “Plus, the Final Four in our March Madness Books Bracket will be the subject of our Book Trivia Competition for teens in May.”

While the Books Bracket titles are all teen-focused, voting is open to all ages. Visit March 4 through March 31 for more information or to vote.

The 16 Books in the Original Bracket, up for vote March 4 - 10 are:

Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm vs. Love, Life and the List by Kasie West
Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia vs. Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert vs. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson vs. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely vs. Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson vs. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin vs. Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera vs. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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