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message 1: by Harold (last edited Jul 03, 2012 07:45PM) (new)

Harold Smithson | 123 comments Please read this before doing anything.

Hello, for those of you who are new to this, my name is Harold Smithson, and I'm your host for the second biannual Hunger Games...I mean tournament. The topic here is: Young Adult stand-alone novels. The basic process, for those of you who are new, is that you can nominate 3 choices and when the nomination phase is over, we'll vote on the books tournament style. (You need to have finished reading those three choices) If you're still confused about the format, here is a link to the first contest so you can understand exactly what is going on:http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/7...

Please put your submissions in bold and please make sure to check that nobody has submitted the book you are going to submit before you.

Also, I'm introducing something new to the contest system: A wish list. Essentially, along with your picks, you can write down three suggestions and if someone seconds your suggestion by making the book you put on your wish list one of their picks, that book is now in the tournament. For lack of a better word, it's propaganda. (You can nominate ANYTHING in the wish list segment. Even books you haven't read)

A stand-alone novel constitutes: A book that does not have a sequel. The obvious reason behind this is that if I allowed voting for books that do have sequels, every single Harry Potter book would be nominated. And if I put in a kind of selection process, the complexity with which it would have to be carried out would be immense. I will be lenient: If a book is part of a two-book series, (The Chocolate War) it's okay, simply because both books could be nominated and NOT take up a ridiculous amount of space. Also, if a book has a side story (Watership Down) That's okay too, because it doesn't qualify as a series.

The end date for the nomination segment of the tournament is Wednesday, June 13th.

My picks:
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Clockwork by Phillip Pullman
Lassie Come-home by Eric Knight

My wish list:

The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill
How I live Now by Meg Rossof

P.S. For the record, I think All Quiet on the Western Front is the best book I've ever read, but, sadly, it's not young adult.

Also, after the contest, let's start a list on Listopia so that we can list all the stand alone young adult novels we love, because honestly, it was a pain to narrow it down to just six books. (I went for the books I thought were underrated instead of the books I thought were the best, because I figured those were going to be nominated anyway. Okay, I made an exception for Watership Down, but I love that book!)

Let's have fun!


message 2: by Wendy F (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) Yay, so fun! I love contests!

My Picks:
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Alexie Sherman



My Suggestions:
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Crazy by Han Nolan
Stolen; A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher



message 3: by Harold (last edited Jun 01, 2012 07:48PM) (new)

Harold Smithson | 123 comments Wendy F wrote: "Yay, so fun! I love contests!

My Picks:
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Alexie Sherman


My Suggestions:
Wonde..."


I can already tell my to-read list will grow exponentially.


message 4: by Theo (new)

Theo My Picks:
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak


My Wish List:
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan



message 5: by Julie (last edited Jun 01, 2012 08:44PM) (new)

Julie Sorry, I still haven't figured out how to do bold yet but here are my picks...

1. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
3. Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham


message 6: by Erika (last edited Jun 01, 2012 10:21PM) (new)

Erika | 36 comments My picks:
The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman
Madapple by Christina Meldrum

The outsiders by S.E. Hinton

I did a multiple selection of my books read & YA & stand alone and i realize i have read just 4, the three above and A Monster Calls, but that's already been nominated. I think this contest may be a great opportunity to discover new titles :)
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Edit:

I can nominate a book in a 2 books series, right?
If that's the case I'm gonna nominate instead of The Outsiders

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I really liked that book!


message 7: by Jennifer (last edited Jun 02, 2012 06:22AM) (new)

Jennifer | 21 comments I think most of my favorite stand alones are really adult or childrens books (not young adult) but here's a couple YA

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
(yes I know he is writing a sequel, but IMO this book stands on its own)
The Giver by Lois Lowry (yes I know there are sequels, but they aren't really sequels)

My wish list is my favorite books that are probably Childrens or adult, not YA

The Phantom Tollbooth
The Westing Game
Ready Player One
(the BEST book I read in 2011 and the hero is a young adult, so maybe it fits?)

Thanks Harold!!


message 8: by Tish (new)

Tish | 207 comments I nominate:
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank



message 9: by Harold (new)

Harold Smithson | 123 comments Jennifer wrote: "I think most of my favorite stand alones are really adult or childrens books (not young adult) but here's a couple YA

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Unwind by Neal Shusterman (yes I know he is wri..."


Sorry, but I can't let Unwind or The Giver into the tournament, as we already filed both of them under "Best Young Adult Series" in the last contest.


message 10: by MissSusie (new)

MissSusie | 13 comments Revolution & A Northern Light by, Jennifer Donnelly
The Wish List by, Eoin Colfer



message 11: by Wendy F (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) Two of my wishes have just been picked up by nominations, yay! Now I just need someone going for Crazy and all six of mine are on the list, hahaha.


message 12: by Emily (new)

Emily Donnellan (fallingforya) I would like to nominate:
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson
The Weeping by O'Dell Hutchison


My Wishlist:
The Night Circus by Erin Moregnstern
Stay by Deb Caletti
The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher



Heidi (Yup. Still here.) Crazy by Han Nolan

Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I am lost with the Wishlist -- is it books we want to read or have already read??


message 14: by Heidi (Yup. Still here.) (last edited Jun 03, 2012 12:23AM) (new)

Heidi (Yup. Still here.) Wendy F wrote: "Yay, so fun! I love contests!

My Picks:
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Alexie Sherman
My Suggestions:
Wonde..."


I agree with all 3 of your choices!!! I also 100% agree with the Book Thief nomination.


message 15: by Harold (new)

Harold Smithson | 123 comments Heidi wrote: " Crazy by Han Nolan

Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I am lost with the Wishlist -- is it books we want to read or have already read??"


For the wish list, you write down a book to encourage someone else to have that book as one of their picks. You can nominate ANYTHING on the wish list, from books you have read to books you are currently reading to books you haven't read.


Heidi (Yup. Still here.) Harold wrote: "Heidi wrote: " Crazy by Han Nolan

Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I am lost with the Wishlist -- is it books we want to read or have already re..."



In that case my wish list is as follows:

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen

I Am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak

and

Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt


message 17: by Ash (new)

Ash (alf203) | 45 comments My picks:
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine


My wish list would mostly consist of books already nominated (like Jellicoe Road) so I think I'll just put up my 3 :) Hooray for another tournament!


message 18: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 21 comments Harold wrote: "Jennifer wrote: "I think most of my favorite stand alones are really adult or childrens books (not young adult) but here's a couple YA

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Unwind by Neal Shusterman (yes..."


Totally understand. In that case, I'll move Ready Player One to my nomination list

I will give one last plea for Unwind though. It was originally written as a stand alone and never had a chance in the best series contest as no one was able to evaluate it as anything but a stand alone story. If the contest had a been a couple months earlier, before Unwholly was announced, it wouldn't even have made it in.

Whether it is in our out, I'm still excited for the tournament!


message 19: by Lasse (new)

Lasse | 66 comments I am going to nominate one book:

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma


message 20: by Bethany (new)

Bethany | 578 comments My nominations:
Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


My wishlist:
The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt
Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork



message 21: by Harold (new)

Harold Smithson | 123 comments 35 books so far! We're doing great! Although I notice it's almost the same group as the previous contest. Let's see if we can get some new people into this contest, because 1) new opinions are always welcome, 2) we're going to need more people who've read the books we've listed for the voting phase, and 3) the more the merrier!


message 22: by Harold (new)

Harold Smithson | 123 comments Nominations end tomorrow.


message 23: by Harold (last edited Jun 14, 2012 11:37AM) (new)

Harold Smithson | 123 comments And that's it for the nomination stage!

The wish list books are: The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick, The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill, How I live Now by Meg Rossof, Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King, Chime by Franny Billingsleym, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer (Illustrator), The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Stay by Deb Caletti, The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher, North of Beautiful by Justina Chen, I Am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak, Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt, The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt, Bruiser by Neal Shusterman, Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork. A round of applause for those unfortunate enough to not be fully nominated, and make sure to check these guys out!

And on to the contest!

Matchup #1: Wonder by R.J. Palacio vs. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Matchup #2: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness vs. Clockwork by Phillip Pullman

Matchup #3: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine vs. Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Matchup #4: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly vs. Heart's Blood by Juliet Mariller

Matchup #5: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean (illustrator) vs. The Weeping by O'Dell Hutchinson

My Picks:
Matchup #1: Abstain
Matchup #2: Clockwork by Phillip Pullman
Matchup #3: Abstain
Matchup #4: Abstain
Matchup #5: The Graveyard Book



message 24: by Theo (new)

Theo Matchup #1: Abstain
Matchup #2: Abstain
Matchup #3: Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Matchup #4: Abstain
Matchup #5: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman



message 25: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 21 comments Matchup 1: Before I Fall
Matchup 2: abstain
Matchup 3: Ella Enchanted
Matchup 4: abstain
Matchup 5: abstain

Harold - if you are liking The Graveyard Book, go ahead and vote for it!


message 26: by Erika (new)

Erika | 36 comments #1: Abstain
#2: A Monster Calls
#3: Abstain
#4: Abstain
#5: The Graveyard Book


message 27: by Jenn (new)

Jenn B (jennlb) | 7 comments #1 Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater


Shannen *aka Mrs. Jericho Barrons* (shannybananny71) I just saw this thread and missed out on the nominations. Darn it!

I have to abstain from all the voting in this round as I haven't read a single one. :(


message 29: by Tish (new)

Tish | 207 comments I've only read two out of those and loved them both--good thing they weren't up against each other!

#1: Wonder
#4: Heart's Blood


Heidi (Yup. Still here.) I abstain from all except #2 Monster Calls (my favorite book of the year so far)


message 31: by Ash (new)

Ash (alf203) | 45 comments Matchup #1: Abstain
Matchup #2: Abstain
Matchup #3: Ella Enchanted
Matchup #4: Abstain
Matchup #5: The Graveyard Book


message 32: by Janet (new)

Janet | 80 comments Oops! I missed nominations. Maybe next time could you list the end date for nominations right away? I wish I could vote but I've only read one of the two in each matchup. I'll see if I can read a few more before the contest is over..but if it's only for a couple of weeks again I probably won't make it.


message 33: by Harold (last edited Jun 15, 2012 10:11AM) (new)

Harold Smithson | 123 comments Janet wrote: "Oops! I missed nominations. Maybe next time could you list the end date for nominations right away? I wish I could vote but I've only read one of the two in each matchup. I'll see if I can read a f..."

You can vote. You don't need to have read both of the books in each matchup to vote. You only need to have read one to vote. Go ahead!

And, for the record, I listed the end of the nominations in the first post.


message 34: by Wendy F (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) Heidi wrote: " Crazy by Han Nolan

Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I am lost with the Wishlist -- is it books we want to read or have already read??"


You got me with Crazy, yay! That makes all my books in!


message 35: by Wendy F (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) I love these, lol.

Matchup #1: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Matchup #2: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Matchup #3: Abstain
Matchup #4: Abstain
Matchup #5: Abstain


message 36: by Harold (new)

Harold Smithson | 123 comments Well, I have a feeling this contest will be more low-key than the last one, but whatever!

The results

Matchup #1: Wonder by R.J. Palacio 2-1
Matchup #2: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 3-1 (Clockwork is so obscure it couldn't have turned out differently)
Matchup #3: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine 2-1
Matchup #4: Heart's Blood by Juliet Mariller 1-0
Matchup #5: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean (Illustrator) 4-0


Matchups:

Matchup #6: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline vs. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Matchup #7: Crazy by Han Nolan vs. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Matchup #8: Madapple by Christina Meldrum vs. The Wish List by Eoin Colfer
Matchup #9: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley vs. Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham
Matchup #10: The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson vs. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


My picks:
Matchup #6: The Scorpio Races
Matchup #7: Abstain
Matchup #8: Abstain
Matchup #9: Abstain
Matchup #10: Abstain



message 37: by Heidi (Yup. Still here.) (last edited Jun 16, 2012 08:17AM) (new)

Heidi (Yup. Still here.) Low key is still fine Harold! It's summer so people are probably not on here as much. These match ups are harder for me - especially #6 and #7!

#6 Ready Player One (but I really liked SR)

#7 Crazy (AGAIN I loved If I Stay -- too difficult!)

abstain from #8

#9 Graffiti Moon

#10 Anna & The French Kiss


message 38: by Theo (new)

Theo Matchup #10: Anna and the French Kiss


message 39: by Ayana (last edited Jun 17, 2012 06:19AM) (new)

Ayana (ayanaahmad) Matchup #6: Abstain
Matchup #7: If I Stay
Matchup #8: Abstain
Matchup #9: Graffiti Moon
Matchup #10: Anna and The French Kiss


message 40: by Erika (new)

Erika | 36 comments #6: Abstain
#7: If I Stay
#8: Madapple
#9: Abstain
#10: Abstain


Karen’s Library #6 The Scorpio Races
#7 Abstain
#8 Abstain
#9 Abstain
#10 Abstain


message 42: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 21 comments #6 Ready Player One
Abstain from the rest


message 43: by Mila (new)

Mila #6: The Scorpio Races
#7: If I Stay
#8: Abstain
#9: Abstain
#10: Anna and the French Kiss


message 44: by Wendy F (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) Matchup #6:Abstain
Matchup #7: Crazy by Han Nolan
Matchup #8: Abstain
Matchup #9: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Matchup #10: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


message 45: by Tish (new)

Tish | 207 comments What if I've read and liked The Scorpio Races but am planning to read Ready Player one in July and expect to like it better? :)

#6: Scorpio Races
#9: Graffiti Moon


message 46: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 21 comments Tish- I hope you love RPO! It was my favorite read book last year (probably helps that I'm a bit of a nerd born in the 70s).


message 47: by Harold (new)

Harold Smithson | 123 comments Tish wrote: "What if I've read and liked The Scorpio Races but am planning to read Ready Player one in July and expect to like it better? :)

#6: Scorpio Races
#9: Graffiti Moon"


Sorry, no dice. You need to have read it.


message 48: by Ash (new)

Ash (alf203) | 45 comments I'll abstain from all but
Matchup #9: Graffiti Moon


message 49: by Bethany (new)

Bethany | 578 comments I missed the first round. I only read Heart's blood. So, if it's too late to add another point for that one, then okay, but that's my vote ;)

Matchup #6: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Matchup #7: Abstain
Matchup #8: Abstain
Matchup #9: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Matchup #10: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins



message 50: by Tish (new)

Tish | 207 comments Jennifer wrote: "Tish- I hope you love RPO! It was my favorite read book last year (probably helps that I'm a bit of a nerd born in the 70s)."

I'm looking forward to it! I went ahead and voted for The Scorpio Races since I had read it, but I kind of hope RPO wins.


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