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Title: Elementary Battle of the Books

Elementary Battle of the Books
  • 2008 2009
  • School Year

What is Battle of the Books?
  • The purpose of Battle of the Books is to
    encourage reading and expose students to quality
  • There are 12 books in the competition that have
    to be read by the competitors.
  • There will be a county wide competition on
    April 2, 2009 at St. James United Methodist
  • The format of the competition is quiz bowl style
    question and answer.

Battle of the Books Rules
  • Teams will consist of a maximum of 12 members, no
    minimum number.
  • Only grades 4 and 5 can compete.
  • Six students will compete per round, 12 questions
    per round.
  • Each competitor will be asked a question related
    to a specific book and will need to respond with
    the correct title and author.
  • 20 seconds will be allowed to start the answer.
  • The person answering may get help from the other
    team members.

  • Wilbur, the pig, is devastated when he discovers
    that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas
    dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte,
    decides to help him.
  • R.L. 4.4
  • Pts. 0.5

  • How many of you have been the new kid in school?
    In his letters to his favorite author,
    ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping
    with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in
    school, and generally finding his own place in
    the world.
  • R.L. 4.9
  • Pts. 3.0

  • A dollhouse filled with a ghostly light in the
    middle of the night, and dolls that have moved
    from where she last left them, lead Amy and her
    sister to unravel the mystery surrounding grisly
    murders that took place years ago.
  • R.L. 4.3
  • Pts. 5.0

  • Do you think you could survive months in the
    wilderness with only the aid of a hatchet? After
    a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian is faced
    with just that problem. Can he survive the
    Canadian wilderness and the thoughts of his
    parents recent divorce or will it all just be too
    much for him?
  • R.L. 5.7
  • Pts. 7.0

  • Have you ever been embarrassed by someone in
    your family? Although ten-year-old Miguel is at
    first embarrassed by his colorful aunt, Tia Lola,
    when she comes to Vermont from the Dominican
    Republic to stay with his mother, his sister, and
    him after his parents' divorce, he learns to love
  • R.L. 4.8
  • Pts. 4.0

  • Do you sometimes feel like you just dont fit
    in? This is how Shirley feels. In 1947, a
    Chinese child comes to Brooklyn where she becomes
    Americanized at school, in her apartment
    building, and by her love for baseball.
  • R.L. 4.6
  • Pts. 4.0

  • When his mother gives him a garden plot for his
    tenth birthday, Jackson Jones hopes to earn
    enough money to buy a basketball, but all he
    seems to get is trouble.
  • R.L. 3.2
  • Pts. 2.0

  • The motherless Penderwick sisters -- Rosalind,
    12 Skye, 11 Jane, 10 and Batty, 4 along with
    their loving father and a dog named Hound, spend
    their summer vacation in a rental cottage on
    Arundel, a sprawling Massachusetts estate. The
    owner of the estate is not very nice and she has
    a son that they befriend. She disapproves of
    their friendships and tries to drive them apart.
    Will she succeed?
  • R.L. 4.7
  • Pts. 8.0

  • What are the rules that you live by?
    Catherine's younger brother, David, is autistic.
    She is embarrassed by his behavior. She wants so
    badly for him to be "normal" that she makes up
    rules for him to live by.
  • R.L. 3.9
  • Pts. 4.0

  • Soft Rain, a nine-year-old Cherokee girl, is
    forced to relocate, along with her family, from
    North Carolina to the West in 1838. She recounts
    the hardships leading up to and including the
    journey along the Trail of Tears.
  • R.L. 4.3
  • Pts. 3.0

  • Tells the story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, one
    of only three women (so far) to play professional
    baseball, and the obstacles of gender and race
    she had to overcome to pursue her dream of
    playing baseball. Johnson finally got her chance
    and was a pitcher with the Negro Leagues
    Indianapolis Clowns from 1953 to 1955.
  • R.L. 5.1
  • Pts. 3.0

  • Saras 14th summer was turning out to be the
    most confusing time of her life. She wants to
    run away from everything in her life until her
    younger brother Charlie goes missing.
  • R.L. 4.9
  • Pts. 4.0

In Order to Participate You Must
  • Be in the 4th or 5th grade
  • Read books and prepare for competition
  • Practice teamwork and good sportsmanship
  • Attend practice sessions
  • We will be having a Lunch Bunch Book Club that
    will meet in the library to eat lunch Monday,
    Wednesday and Friday to work on books.

  • Only 12 students can be on the team so we may
    have to cut some students throughout the year. A
    few things we will look at when determining who
    we cut
  • Reading books in a timely manner
  • Doing well on the AR tests
  • Attitude
  • Sportsmanship
  • Attendance at practice sessions

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