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!

To see previous year’s Tournament of Books, follow these links:


Round One Bracket


People’s Choice Voting

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


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