Relive the Book Madness: Tournament Recap

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Read about the most exciting matchups and shocking upsets of Book Madness!

BookPal’s 1st annual book-themed tournament, Book Madness, has come to an end. Along the way, we’ve seen tons of surprising upsets and exciting fairy-tale runs. A lot has happened since the initial round of 64 seeds, so we’re spotlighting the best matchups in our tournament recap.

 

Least Surprising:

Many of our top-seeded books made it into the regional semifinals. As expected, #1 seeds Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone and The Great Gatsby were regional finalists. #2-seed The Odyssey also had a great run until it was beat out by #4-seed Pride & Prejudice in the regional finals.

Most Surprising:

#11-seed The Wonderful Wizard of Oz had an stunning fairy-tale run to the Book Madness semifinals. Along the way, the book beat out #10-seed Lord of the Flies, #6-seed 1984, #3-seed A Farewell to Arms and — most surprisingly — the #1 seed of the Hemingway region, The Great Gatsby! Though it fell to the Dickens region’s #4 seeded Pride & PrejudiceThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz surprised many with its incredible journey.

Biggest Margins of Victory:

Most of the matchups with the biggest margins of victory occurred in the Seuss region. As noted in our 1st Round Highlights post, #2-seed Where the Wild Things Are garnered 42 points, beating out #15-seed The Rainbow Fish by 22 points. Later in the regional semifinals, #6-seed The Giving Tree won 34 votes, 20 more votes than its opponent, #10 seeded The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Most Exciting Matchups:

Book Madness was littered with close matchups. Most notably, Rowling region’s #2 seed, To Kill a Mockingbird, won against #1 seeded Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by a single point. More exciting was Hemingway region’s #11 seed (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) matchup against #1-seed The Great Gatsby, where the former came out on top by one vote.

The Championship Game:

The final matchup of Book Madness (#2 Rowling To Kill a Mockingbird vs. #4 Dickens Pride & Prejudice) started out strong when voting began on Friday, April 3. Within the 24 hours of the championship matchup, more than 50 votes were cast. The championship game had a grand total of 77 votes, with 52 votes for To Kill a Mockingbird and 25 votes for Pride & Prejudice —making it the 2nd most voted for matchup in Book Madness! (The Where the Wild Things Are vs. The Rainbow Fish matchup had a total of 62 votes.)

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Thank you all for participating in BookPal’s inaugural Book Madness tournament!! We hope you had as much fun as we did. Please feel free to leave us a comment if you have any suggestions for our next Book Madness tournament. We can’t wait for next year!

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