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Drum Roll Please…..

Amy, Jodie, Trish and I are extremely pleased with the response we’ve gotten from bloggers interested in being judges.  We hope everyone is equally excited to find out who they are!

Without further ado, here are the brackets for the Second Annual Nerds Heart YA Tournament. Click the thumbnail image below to see the larger version.

So here’s how it’s going to work — nominations for books to be included in the brackets are ongoing through March 31st.  Once that date has past we’ll work with our young adult literature consultants (who we’ll showcase in a separate post soon) will whittle down the list to fit the brackets.  After that we’ll get the show on the road and it’ll be all about the judges getting their reviews on.

What does this mean for judges? Well, in the coming weeks, we’ll be contacting you about timelines.  We hope to space things out a little bit so that we’re not inundating people’s feed readers with 40 posts about the tournament all at the same time.  We also want to be sure that each book gets some good attention even if it isn’t selected to move on in the brackets.

If you’re a judge and you have any questions let us know.  If you’ve been selected and you find you can’t commit to participating please let us know right away!

Congratulations all!

Do you know of a book that’s been under represented in the YA blogosphere?  Nominate it for inclusion in the Nerds Heart YA tournament by submitting it via this electronic nomination form.

Please note that the following criteria should apply to titles being nominated:

1.    Title can have no more than 15 reviews published throughout the book blogosphere
2.    Title must be either authored by or include a character within the following category:

  • Person(s) of Color (POC)
  • GLBT
  • Disability/Mental Illness
  • Religious Lifestyle
  • Lower Socioeconomic Status

3.   All titles must have been published between January 1 – December 31, 2009

Titles nominated are not guaranteed inclusion. Their submission is simply to include the title in the long list from which the brackets will be constructed.  Please refer to the nominations page to see a full explanation of the selection process.

To participate fill out the NerdsHeart YA nomination form. Individuals may nominate multiple books but each nomination must be done through a separate and individual submission of the form.

Deadline for nominations is March 31.

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