Best YA Novel bracket game: Round 3!
Welcome to EW.com’s YA novel bracket game, a March Madness style tournament that will determine the best Young Adult novel of all time — as voted by you. After a series of heartbreaking matchups — To Kill an Mockingbird vs. A Wrinkle in Time! The Book Thief vs. Thirteen Reasons Why! — the field has been whittled down to 16 formidable contenders.
Check out the full bracket here before voting in Round 3 below. Polls close Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET.The HobbitThe Catcher in the RyeThe landmark fantasy novel that launched a million quests, dragons and dwarves optional. Not as bleak as grown-up successor-epic Lord of the Rings, the tale of Bilbo Baggins thrills and chill kids of all ages. — Darren FranichThis high-school reading list mainstay that is widely considered one of the best novels of the 20th century is probably most referenced for its relatable teenage narrator, Holden Caulfield. The go-to hero for alienated, rebellious teens, the novel is among the most-challenged books in the world for its references to homosexuality and copious profanity. — Erin StreckerTo Kill a MockingbirdThe OutsidersA shortlist of great American novels would be incomplete without Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coming-of-age tale, which revolves around scrappy tomboy Scout Finch. The novel’s setpiece is a racially-charged trial that Scout is almost too young to understand — though her retrospective recollections of it are anything but childish. — Hillary BusisImmortalized in the 1983 Francis Ford Coppola film adaptation, this dramatic coming-of-age tale about gang rivalry is still challenged today for its violence. Even so, the novel’s been a mainstay on middle and high schools’ required reading lists since hitting shelves nearly half a century ago. — Shirley LiThe Princess BrideTuck EverlastingHello. This is a Renaissance era-inspired fairy tale of true love and adventure. You will fear the Dread Pirate Roberts and cheer for Buttercup and Westley. Prepare to read. — Shirley LiWinnie Foster befriends a family that lives forever by drinking from a special spring. Soon she must choose whether she wants to become immortal like the Tucks or live a normal life that will inevitably end. It spawned two film adaptations, one in 1981 starring Margaret Chamberlain and in 2002 starring Alexis Bledel. — Jennifer ArellanoEnder’s GameThe Harry Potter seriesCard is better known now for his controversial/hysterical opinions, and the Ender’s franchise has been sequel/prequelized into irrelevance. But that doesn’t lessen the impact of Card’s original book, a tense and thrilling novel of ideas. — Darren FranichAn orphaned wizard attends a magical boarding school, makes friends, casts some spells and learns he is the one who must defeat bad guy Voldemort. Alongside a bunch of unforgettable characters — Snape! Hagrid! Sirius! Dumbledore! – Harry goes from an 11-year-old child to a 17-year-old man and, along the way, teaches us a bunch of lessons about love, kindness and bravery. The pop culture phenomenon spanned seven books and eight blockbuster films. — Erin StreckerThe Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Inheritance CyclePerks follows Charlie through his high school experience via letters he writes to an anonymous stranger. The heartfelt tale was made into a movie starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson in 2012. — Samantha HighfillAn epic fantasy series about teen boy Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, as they attempt to overthrow an evil King in the fictional land of Alagaësia. A film version of the first novel, featuring Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich, was released in2006, and the four-book story concluded in 2011. — Erin StreckerThe Crank trilogyThe Uglies seriesHopkins’ series tracks high school junior Kristina Snow’s gradual transformation from honor student to methamphetamine-addicted teenage mother. Her vivid imagery and free-verse narrative are visceral, disturbing, and ultimately unforgettable — especially knowing that Kristina is based on the author’s own daughter. — Hillary BusisTally Youngblood lives in a post-apocalyptic world where looks determine the social order. The four-book series begins with Tally eager for her sweet sixteen, as it’s the age at which all citizens endure extreme plastic surgery to become part of the ‘Pretty’ class. — Jennifer ArellanoThe Book ThiefThe Hunger Games seriesSet in Nazi Germany and narrated by Death, Thief details a young girl’s relationship with her foster parents and the events that follow after they take in a Jewish refugee. A movie adaptation starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and newcomer Sophie Nélisse hit theaters Nov. 8. — Breia BrisseyThere’s a reason that Collins’ dystopian tale inspired a seemingly infinite army of post-apocalyptic imitators: It’s just that good. Brave, poverty-hardened Katniss Everdeen becomes an unlikely revolutionary when she volunteers to compete in the 74th Annual Hunger Games; the rest is blockbuster franchise history. — Hillary BusisThe Maze Runner seriesThe Fault In Our StarsThe first novel is a page-turner, with its unsettling plot about teenagers trapped in an unsolvable maze, and whose every move is monitored. The series only gets more intense throughout the trilogy, which has also inspired a prequel and an upcoming film adaptation. — Shirley LiIn this heartbreaker, teens Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters meet in a cancer support group and fall in love. Prepare for tears and a trip to Amsterdam to meet Hazel’s favorite author, the reclusive Peter van Houten. A film version, starring Shailene Woodley, hits theaters next summer. — Erin Strecker