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Middlemarch Madness II: Narrowing the YA Categories

We have assembled one hell of a list of contenders for this year’s Middlemarch Madness. Never mind the bracket itself, picking who we want in the bracket itself is going to be pretty difficult. Sharpen your #2 pencils and grab some coffee (or something stronger) because it’s about to get all kinds of real in here. 

This poll will be open until Tuesday, when we’ll open the poll for the two adult categories. If all goes as planned, the bracket should be finalized and published on Friday (one week from today,) then we’ll begin the elimination rounds on the following Monday.

Happy voting, cats and kittens!

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

46 replies on “Middlemarch Madness II: Narrowing the YA Categories”

That was hard. I think the ones I picked won’t make it, because I tended to pick the ones that aren’t as famous. I randomly thought of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry a few days ago and was upset that I couldn’t nominate her anymore, but then you had her! Oh good! How many people have read the book?

I didn’t know all the books, oh well. :)

I haven’t read most of the SFFD, but the fiction category is great! Even though I love Charlotte with all my heart, I have trouble with including just this one animal… so off my votes went to others.

CLAUDIA AND TURTLE AND CASSIE AND KARANA 4EVA! Such badasses.

of COURSE everyone is going to  vote for the paperbag princess! She tricked the dragon! with her SMARTS! and then flounced off into the sunset all by HERSELF. You’ve have to be stone cold MONSTER not to vote for Paperbag Princess.

(PS: Spoiler alert. I just gave away the ending).

 

 
PS: If you google “paperbag princess” in images there are all sorts of photos of women dressed as the paper bag princess for halloween! Makes me smile so much.

I’d never heard of the Paperbag Princess until just now!  I know what I’m getting my little cousin/bf’s little cousin for their birthdays  at some point during the next couple years!  (My secret goal is to fill them with feminist ideals to drive their parents crazy as they get older.)

SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER CLOSE YOUR EYES AND SCROLL AND VISUALLY LALALALA

 

 

Lyra HELPED KILL GOD. SHE HELPED KILL GOD, GUYS.

And when she found him? He was a feeble old man dispersed by a cloud. And she was 13.
Clear winner right there.

OK YOU CAN SPOILER WARNING OFF NOW

Great lists! It’s so awesome to encounter others who have read the Song of the Lioness books and the Immortals books. I first read them when I was 8 or 9 and I must have reread them at least a half a dozen times throughout middle school and high school.

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