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2018 Book Madness - Who Will Win?


Join Park Ridge Public Library in a literary version of "March Madness" for adults, teens and kids grades 4 – 5.

Patterned after the NCAA Basketball Tournament, "Book Madness" places popular books in competitive brackets. List of books is belowFill out a bracket sheet for a chance to win prizes. Every correct prediction earns you points. 

  • Download your brackets with instructions below





Kids Grades 4 - 5


  • Brackets are also available at the service desks 

  • Turn in completed brackets in person by March 11 to be eligible to win a prize

‚Äč1st Place:    $25 Target gift card
2nd Place:  $15 Target gift card
3rd Place:   $10 Target gift card

  • Vote weekly to move your favorite books forward and choose the tournament winner

  • Links to voting open March 5 

 You don’t need to read all the books to participate.

Book Madness Lists


Lilac Girls by Martha Kelly
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolu Mbue

Teens / Rebecca Caudill Edition

The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Bertman
Drowned City by Don Brown
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
I Will Always Write Back by Martin Ganda
Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
House Arrest by K.A. Holt
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai
The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson
A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt
Beneath by Roland Smith
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Kids  Grades 4 - 5

The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog by Tom Watson
Treasure Hunters by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm
Rain Reign by Ann Martin
El Deafo by Cece Bell
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
The War the Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertram
Masterminds by Gordon Korman
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
I Survived the Great Chicago Fire by Lauren Tarshis
Beneath by Roland Smith
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
Real Friends by Shannon Hale
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
The Getaway by Jeff Kinney


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