Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Final Four (and a stunning upset!!)

The results are in from the second round of the March Madness Author Shoot-out and we are ready to move on to the Final Four. But there has been a stunning upset!! Didn't I tell you--every year there's a major upset in the NCAA basketball tournament and it usually happens in the second round. You won't believe it!! Here are the results:

J.K. Rowling 28 online votes (no paper ballots votes;in fact, no one turned any paper ballots for any author this round)
Jeanne DuPrau 22 votes

Kaza Kingsley 24 votes
Jeff Kinney 30 votes


Rick Riordan 37 votes
Jay Piscopo 43 votes!!
There it is--the major upset!! That goes to show that Capt'n Eli has a lot of fans!

Gordon Korman 21 votes + 3 for a review
Neil Gaiman 26 votes

So the Final Four will be:

J.K.Rowling vs./////////////////Jay Piscopo vs.
Jeff Kinney////////////////////Neil Gaiman

You can vote for your favorite until noon this Tuesday, March 31. Then I'll tabulate the results and announce the Championship Round. (The Championship Round will go from noon Tuesday until noon Friday, April 3. After that, I'll announce the winner) Don't forget--you can send in a review by any of the authors in this tournament (J.K. Rowling, Kurtis Scaletta, Rick Riordan, Suzanee Collins, Helen Hemphill, Jeanne DuPrau, Jeff Smith, Jay Piscopo, Dave Barry, Jeff Kinney, Gordon Korman, Dan Gutman, Kaza Kingsley, Jon Scieszka, Neil Gaiman, Jenny Nimmo)and be eligible for prizes, which are:

A signed t-shirt and two signed Erec Rex books by Kaza Kingsley
A Deadwood Jones t-shirt and a signed book by Helen Hemphill, author of The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones
An Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli graphic novel and a pack of Capt'n Eli cards

The three guys who send in the most reviews will get to pick. So start voting and sending those reviews!

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