2021 Tournament of Books

Welcome to the 2021 Tournament of Books! 32 of the finest young adult novels published in 2020 have been selected to battle it out in this years tournament, judged by Illinois librarians! Check this page frequently for updates!

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Round One Bracket.

ROUND ONE

People’s Choice Voting

Use this link to vote between February 16th & March 12th!

Reviews

Bracket 1: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender VS. The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

Bracket 2: Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez VS. We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Bracket 3: Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles VS. When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

Bracket 4: I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee VS. Camp by L.C. Rosen

Bracket 5: Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed VS. More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood

Bracket 6: The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar VS. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Bracket 7: The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta VS. Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario

Bracket 8: A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong VS. Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam

Bracket 9: Lobizona by Romina Garber VS. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Bracket 10: The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune VS. Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Bracket 11: Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust VS. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Bracket 12: Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro VS. Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal

Bracket 13: Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller VS. The Way Back by Gavriel Savit

Bracket 14: They Went Left by Monica Hesse VS. The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Bracket 15: Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson VS. Even if We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

Bracket 16: Flamer by Mike Curato VS. Go With the Flow by Lily Williams & Karen Schneeman


ROUND TWO

Round Two People’s Choice Bracket.

People’s Choice Voting

Use this link to vote between March 15th & March 29th!

Round Two Reviewers’ Bracket.

Reviews

Bracket 1: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender VS. Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez

Bracket 2: When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk VS. I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee

Bracket 3: More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood VS. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Bracket 4: The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta VS. Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam

Bracket 5: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas VS. Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Bracket 6: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn VS. Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

Bracket 7: Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller VS. They Went Left by Monica Hesse

Bracket 8: Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson VS. Go With the Flow by Lily Williams & Karen Schneemann


ROUND THREE

Round Three People’s Choice Bracket.

People’s Choice Voting

Use this link to vote between April 6th & April 16th!

Round Three Reviewers’ Bracket.

Reviews

Bracket 1: Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez VS. When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

Bracket 2: You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson VS. The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

Bracket 3: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas VS. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Bracket 4: Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller VS. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson


ROUND FOUR

Round Four People’s Choice Bracket.

People’s Choice Voting

Use this link to vote between April 19th & April 24th!

Round Four Reviewers’ Bracket.

Reviews

Bracket 1: Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez VS. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Bracket 2: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas VS. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson


FINAL ROUND

Final Round People’s Choice Bracket.
Final Round Reviewer’s Bracket.

Use this link to vote until May 7th!