Coffee For The Brain Book Tournament – ULTIMATE WINNER – The winner of the tournament is…..

After months of reading and judging and evaluating, the staff, students, and parents of the school have spoken.

The winner of the 1st Annual Coffee For The Brain Book Tournament is…….

Matched by Ally Condie beat out Maze Runner by James Dashner by ONE SINGLE VOTE!!! The closet voting of all time.

Congratulations to both authors.

Here are the final results

Supreme Champion: Matched

Worthy Adversary: Maze Runner

3rd place tie:

Red Kayak

Compound

5th place tie:

Fallen

Eon

A Dog’s Purpose

Thirteen Reasons Why

9th place tie:

Power of Un

Lost Hero

Notes From a Midnight Driver

Waiting For Normal

Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian

Speak

Escape From Memory

Side Effects

17th place tie:

Bag of Marbles

Phantom Tollbooth

Angel Experiment

Hurt Go Happy

Iqbal

Black and White

Report Card

Dead and Gone

Peeps

Lock and Key

Gym Candy

Art of Racing in the Rain

Life As We Knew It

How To Steal A Dog

Rules

Sunrise Over Fallujah

33rd place tie:

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

Crackback

Hattie Big Sky

Fallen Angels

Forest of Hands and Teeth

Petey

Pendragon

Dead Tossed Waves

If I Stay

Where The Red Fern Grows

Jeremy Fink

Soldier Boys

Kissing Doorknobs

Runaway

Night

Stuck in Neutral

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Coffee For The Brain Book Tournament – FINAL TWO BOOKS

Here it is, the final two books in the 1st Annual Coffee For The Brain Book Tournament.

In one corner we have Maze Runner by James Dashner.

And in the other corner we have Matched by Ally Condie

Voting for the final book with end on April 10th. Two weeks to read and get your votes in.

All you have to do is voted by following the link here or over in the sidebar.

VOTE HERE

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Coffee For The Brain Book Tournament – Your VOTES are NEEDED!!!

The Coffee For The Brain Book Tournament has been doing so good up until the Final Four portion of the bracket. I have opened this tournament to EVERYONE to cast your votes for which two books make it into the final round. However, since I have changed the format to EVERYONE, NOBODY has voted yet.

I will assume you are reading.

I will assume that the books are so good that you just cannot decided.

But, when you finish please click the judging form over the right and cast your vote for the books that should make it to the final round.

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Coffee For The Brain Book Tournament – Put on Your Reading Hats

Put on your reading hats


It is time for ALL of you to help out in the judging of the FINAL FOUR books in the COFFEE FOR THE BRAIN BOOK TOURNAMENT


Here it is. This is a link to the bracket of the book tournament(which is also posted at the top of this blog). Check out the book matches so far.

We have dwindled the books down the final four. It has been exciting and a load of fun watching the judges scramble to make a decision.




It is time for you to participate. You don’t need a partner(but feel free to discuss freely here on the blog)

All you have to do is:

1. Pick one of the two book pairings or maybe read all four books.


Will you read: Compound vs. Maze Runner



























Or will you read: Red Kayak vs. Matched

 
























Or read all four books


2. Once completed with the reading of one of these pairings, then go on over to the Judge Form and fill out the required information. Please provide your insights as to why you chose the book you did.

3. We will have until March 18th to read and offer your insights. This is three good weeks of reading time(time extended due to our Spring Break).


4. After March 18th the final two books will be announced and we will once again allow everyone to read and decided on their favorite book in the 1st Annual Coffee For The Brain Book Tournament

Spread the word. Let everyone know. The more insights we have the more balanced of a book decision will be reached.

I cannot wait to see the results. I am super excited!!!!!

Here is a link to the form once you have read the books. Please fill it out the best you can.
Click here to fill out the judge form for the books

Still waiting for the first votes to come in. I will keep the stats updated on blog as they come in!!

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Coffee For The Brain Book Tournament – Round 5 – The Final Four Books – You are needed to help out in deciding the final books!

Here it is. This is a link to the bracket of the book tournament(which is also posted at the top of this blog).

We have dwindled the books down the final four. It has been exciting and a load of fun watching the judges scramble to make a decision.

Judges had some really tough decisions to make between some of these book pairings. They have done a wonderful job getting us to this point in the tournament.

Now this is the point where the tournament opens up to everyone. Anyone who reads this blog, friends, students, teachers, parents, etc.

All you have to do is:

1. Pick one of the two book pairings or maybe read all four books.
2. Once completed with the reading then go on over to the Judge Form and fill out the required information. Please provide your insights as to why you chose the book you did.
3. We will have until March 18th to read and offer your insights. This is three good weeks of reading time(time extended due to our Spring Break).
4. After March 18th the final two books will be announced and we will once again allow everyone to read and decided on their favorite book in the 1st Annual Coffee For The Brain Book Tournament

Spread the word. Let everyone know. The more insights we have the more balanced of a book decision will be reached.

I cannot wait to see the results. I am super excited!!!!!

Here is a link to the form once you have read the books. Please fill it out the best you can.
Click here to fill out the judge form for the books

Happy Reading My Friends!

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Coffee For The Brain Book Tournament – Round 4 – Red Kayak vs. Fallen

Comparing Red Kayak to Fallen is difficult because I enjoyed both of them very much. They are two very different reads, which makes the decision even more difficult. Fallen keeps the reader’s interest with its love triangle between Cam, Daniel, and Luce. I like how the reader isn’t always sure who is best for Luce until the very end when some of the mystery behind Luce’s problems and past are explained. The ending leaves things open for the sequel (I think it’s Torment).
Red Kayak makes the reader think about friendship, right and wrong, and making difficult decisions–sometimes very grown-up decisions. Brady is caught between helping his friends and helping his neighbor who has suffered a great loss. 
Because I have to make a choice, I choose Red Kayak. Brady has to make some hard choices, and I think this shows young readers that doing the right thing is not always the easy thing. We had some good discussions in our book clubs about the course of action Brady should take and what the consequences should be for his friends.
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Coffee For The Brain Book Tournament – Your Participation is Needed

Hello everyone!

I have some big news for the blog. Currently I have several judges reading and reviewing Round 4 for the book tournament. They will have their results in and finalized by next Friday, Feb. 25th. At that point in the tournament we will have the books narrowed down to the Final Four.

Here is where your help and participation is needed. I want as many readers as possible to help make the final decisions for the tournament.

I am asking everyone in the blogging community, teachers, parents, students, etc. to read and help with the tournament. Simply pick one of the two book pairings, read the two books, and submit your decision for which book should make it to the final round.

These books will be announced the 25th.

On the 25th I will have a judging form posted on the blog for each person to fill out for the tournament.

The authors have and will be contacted so they will be in tune with the tournament.

This has been exciting and a ton of fun so far. It is now time to get more people involved.

In the meantime, scan the 8 titles left in the tournament and begin to read some of the novels you have not read yet and prepare yourself to be part of something special.

If you have any questions, then please contact me.

If you are interested in helping maybe leave a comment so I can begin to gather necessary materials.

Thanks and I hope to have a huge turnout for the final two rounds to make the results fair and balanced.

Please spread the word.

****If you are not familiar with this book tournament check out the tabs at the top of this blog to get caught up with the journey so far. There is a lot available.****

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Coffee For The Brain Book Tournament – Round 3 Decision – Fallen vs. Waiting For Normal

From two wonderful sixth grade girls.

We chose the book Fallen over Waiting For Normal. We think that even though Waiting For Normal is good, Fallen in more exciting. Fallen is a page turner. You really get to know the characters. You understand them. We both agreed that Fallen is the better book.

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Coffee For The Brain Book Tournament – Round 3 Decision – Red Kayak vs. Lost Hero

The Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings

The storyteller, Brady, lives on the Chesapeake Bay. His father is a crab and oyster fisherman and he has two best friends, Digger and J.T. One day Brady sees the neighbor’s red kayak on the water while waiting for a ride to school. He debates whether to yell and tell them it’s too dangerous to be out, but his friends convince him they will be fine. Brady is pulled out of school by his father later that morning because the kayak hadn’t returned home. 

The search and rescue teams head out on the river to look for the mother & her son, Ben. Brady finds Ben and tries to resuscitate him while driving the boat back to the shore. By the time he gets there the rescue workers have a pulse and Brady is hailed as a hero for the rest of the day.

Then things begin to go wrong and he starts to suspect that the kayak sinking wasn’t an accident. Now Brady has to make very difficult decisions. His father His father helps him decide that finding the right decision is easy, it’s just hard to act on it. 

This book was captivating in the way the story was revealed and in how it was explained.  

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

The book combines classical mythology with everyday teen angst. The three main characters are Leo Valdez, son of a mechanic and the god Hephaestus, Piper McLean, daughter of a Cherokee movie star and the goddess Aphrodite, and Jason, son of Jupiter. Since they are the new kids at Camp Halfblood, they immediately are chosen to go on a quest. The each of the characters tells the story from their point of view. And at 553 pages that is a lot of view points.

Aaron really enjoyed the Percy Jackson series and other Rick Riordan books and he had already read The Lost Hero when it was assigned to us. I had a harder time getting in to the mythology of this book as it mixed together Greek & Roman deities.   

We both loved The Red Kayak.  It brought me to tears many times. It really addresses responsibility, choices and making those hard decisions that will affect your life and the lives of your friends.

We think that The Red Kayak should move to round 4!

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