Prepare for the Battle of the Books

dsc_0288Fifth and six graders can build their teams and prepare for battle, a reading battle.

The third Battle of the Books will take place Saturday, March 24 , with teams answering questions about the books they’ve read to claim glory for their team.

Teams should be forming now, with each team made up of five members, with up to five alternates, according to Allison McLean, head of Young People’s Services.

The fifth and sixth graders will have 10 weeks to read 10 books, McLean said, emphasizing that team members may divide the reading up however they want. Teams will then answer trivia questions about the books on March 24 with the winning team getting a trophy and bragging rights.

 

Here are the books of the 2018 Battle of the Books:

“Ms. Bixby’s Last Day” by John David Anderson

“The Book Scavenger” by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

“Flora & Ulysses” by Kate DiCamillo

“Found” by Margaret Peterson Haddix

“Chomp” by Carl Hiaasen

“Rhyme Schemer” by K. A. Holt

“Crenshaw” by Katherine Applegate

“A Handful of Stars” by Cynthia Lord

“Zane and the Hurricane” by W. R. Philbrick

“The Blackthorn Key” by Kevin Sands

“It’s really awesome because in fifth and sixth grade, kids lose the will to read for fun and this is a great way to keep them engaged in it,” McLean said.

“For kids that continue to read for fun this a great way for them to get recognition, children in sports are often get recognition, this is a chance for readers to get in the spotlight.”

The books will be provided by the library and returned after the program, so that it may continue in future years.

Interested students should talk to their teacher or school librarian, McLean said and if students do not have a sponsoring teacher, they can use a parent as a coach.

 

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