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Title: Battle of the Books


1
Battle of the Books
2
Whats it all about?
  • Its a reading program for students who love to
    read and discuss books.
  • Teams read books from a pre-selected list of 20
    titles. Many of the books are William Allen White
    nominees.
  • Teams meet often to practice, compare notes and
    master the details.
  • Teams compete starting at the end of January.
    Questions will be given orally to teams in
    battle. The team who can answer the most
    questions correctly will be the champions.

3
Who can participate?
  • 4 th and 5th grade students
  • Form teams of 4-6 students from the same grade
    level. (You can request team members or leave
    it to me to place you.)
  • Everyone who wants to participate
    can do so.

4
How do I sign up?
  • Take home a registration packet and talk it over
    with your parents (permission required)
  • Talk to your friends - round up a team
  • Recruit an adult facilitator to help you stay
    organized.
  • Turn in your team forms to Mrs. Fiedler by
    September 21st.

5
  • Students joining this program are required to
    read novels independently at home to help their
    team be successful for the battles in the spring.
    We are asking students that sign up to make a
    commitment to finish the entire program if the
    chose to join.

6
What books are on the list?
7
Hachiko Waits by Leslea Newman
  • Professor Ueno's loyal dog, Hachiko, waits for
    him at the train station every afternoon, and
    even after the professor has a fatal heart attack
    while at work, Hachiko faithfully continues to
    await his return until the day the dog dies.
    Based on a true story.

8
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
  • Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her
    involvement, as a six-year-old, in the
    integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960.

9
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
  • A young student, who comes to love poetry through
    a personal understanding of what different famous
    poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing
    his own inspired poem.

10
The Secret School by Avi
  • In 1925, fourteen-year-old Ida Bidson secretly
    takes over as the teacher when the one-room
    schoolhouse in her remote Colorado area closes
    unexpectedly.

11
Frindle by Andrew Clements
  • When he decides to turn his fifth-grade teacher's
    love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick
    Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of
    events that quickly moves beyond his control.

12
Loser by Jerry Spinelli
  • Even though his classmates from first grade on
    have considered him strange and a loser, Daniel
    Zinkoff's optimism and exuberance and the support
    of his loving family do not allow him to feel
    that way about himself.

13
Dovey Coe by Frances ORoark Dowell
  • Accused of murder in her North Carolina mountain
    town in 1928, Dovey Coe, a stronged-willed
    twelve-year-old girl, comes to a new
    understanding of others, including her deaf
    brother, as she attempts to clear her name.

14
The Man Who Loved Clowns by June Rae Wood
  • Thirteen-year-old Delrita, whose unhappy life has
    caused her to hide from the world, loves her
    uncle Punky but sometimes feels ashamed of his
    behavior because he has Down syndrome.

15
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
  • The story of the understanding and love between a
    boy and a magnificent wild horse and the
    adventures and dangers they shared.

16
Ida B. and Her Plans to Maximize Fun by
Katherine Hannigan
  • In Wisconsin, fourth-grader Ida B. spends happy
    hours being home-schooled and playing in her
    family's apple orchard, until her mother begins
    treatment for cancer and her parents must sell
    part of the orchard and send her to public
    school.

17
Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
  • A Siamese cat, an old bull terrier, and a young
    Labrador retriever travel together 250 miles
    through the Canadian wilderness to find their
    family.

18
Help! Im a Prisoner in the Library by Eth
Clifford
  • Two girls spend an adventurous night trapped
    inside the public library during a terrible
    blizzard.

19
Jim Thorpes Bright Path by Joseph Bruchac
  • A biography of Native American athlete Jim
    Thorpe, focusing on how his boyhood education set
    the stage for his athletic achievements which
    gained him international fame and Olympic gold
    medals.

20
No Dogs Allowed by
  • Twelve-year-old Kristina, still struggling to
    come to terms with the death of her beloved
    horse, finds it difficult to accept the new dog
    she receives for her birthday.

21
Time for Andrew A Ghost Story by Mary Downing
Hahn
  • When he goes to spend the summer with his
    great-aunt in the family's old house,
    eleven-year-old Drew is drawn eighty years into
    the past to trade places with his
    great-great-uncle who is dying of diphtheria.

22
Chancey of the Maury River by Gigi Amateau
  • After being abandoned, Chancey, an albino
    Appaloosa horse, finds a new home with Claire who
    needs him as much as he needs her, but as his
    eyesight deteriorates, he and Claire start anew
    as a therapeutic team.

23
Masterpiece by Elise Broach   Kelly Murphy
  • After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing
    as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human
    with whom he shares a house, the two new friends
    work together to help recover a Durer drawing
    stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

24
Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • When Sam, who can barely read, discovers an old
    newspaper clipping just before his eleventh
    birthday, it brings forth memories from his past,
    and, with the help of a new friend at school and
    the castle they are building for a school
    project, his questions are eventually answered.

25
Swindle by Gordon Korman
  • After unscrupulous collector S. Wendell Palamino
    cons him out of a valuable baseball card,
    sixth-grader Griffin Bing puts together a band of
    misfits to break into Palomino's heavily guarded
    store and steal the card back, planning to use
    the money to finance his father's failing
    invention, the SmartPick fruit picker.

26
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great by
Gerald Morris   Aaron Renier
  • Relates tales of Sir Lancelot, the bravest knight
    in King Arthur's court

27
Chancey of the Maury River by Gigi Amateau
  • After being abandoned, Chancey, an albino
    Appaloosa horse, finds a new home with Claire who
    needs him as much as he needs her, but as his
    eyesight deteriorates, he and Claire start anew
    as a therapeutic team.

28
Masterpiece by Elise Broach   Kelly Murphy
  • After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing
    as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human
    with whom he shares a house, the two new friends
    work together to help recover a Durer drawing
    stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

29
Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • When Sam, who can barely read, discovers an old
    newspaper clipping just before his eleventh
    birthday, it brings forth memories from his past,
    and, with the help of a new friend at school and
    the castle they are building for a school
    project, his questions are eventually answered.

30
Swindle by Gordon Korman
  • After unscrupulous collector S. Wendell Palamino
    cons him out of a valuable baseball card,
    sixth-grader Griffin Bing puts together a band of
    misfits to break into Palomino's heavily guarded
    store and steal the card back, planning to use
    the money to finance his father's failing
    invention, the SmartPick fruit picker.
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