Battle of the Books

What is it?

Battle of the Books is a cooperative effort between Inglewood, Rose Hill, Kirkland, Finn Hill, Evergreen, Redmond, and Kamiakin Middle Schools. This program allows 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in each school to work together as a team and challenge other schools to correctly answer questions about the selected books. The goal is to encourage students at all reading levels to engage in teamwork while reading some of the best in children’s literature. Challenge questions are based on specific and factual information within the books.

Teams consist of 4-6 members and will be formed by the students. Students are responsible for being part of their team, and should commit themselves to participating throughout the process.Student responsibilities include choosing a team captain, choosing a team name, and designing a strategy for how their team will be responsible for reading the books.There are 12 books, with multiple copies of each book available at each middle school.Because of the high demand for these books, you may also want to seek out copies at your local KCLS branch or bookstore.Strategies range from everyone reading all 12 books to each team member being responsible for a specific title or two.All teams will meet with their school’s librarian for monthly practice sessions and to answer any questions or concerns.In addition to the monthly meeting, teams are encouraged to meet outside of school as often as they find necessary to practice and quiz each other.In the interest of fairness, all Battle questions will be the same for each school that participates.


Printable List


Ahimsa Supriya Kelkar (World Cultures)
When her mother is jailed for being one of Gandhi's freedom fighters, ten-year-old Anjali overcomes her own prejudices and continues her mother's social reform work, befriending Untouchable children and working to integrate her school.

All's Faire in Middle School

All’s Faire in Middle School – Victoria Jamison (Graphic Novel)
Homeschooled by Renaissance Fair enthusiasts, eleven-year-old Imogene has a hard time fitting in when her wish to enroll in public school is granted.

Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting

Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting – Jim Murphy (Non-Fiction)
Tells the story of the December 25, 1914 truce between German and British soldiers as they laid down their weapons and met in No Man's Land to celebrate Christmas.

Greetings From Witness Protection

Greetings From Witness Protection – Jake Burt (Realistic Fiction)
Thirteen-year-old Nikki Demere is an orphan and a kleptomaniac, making her the perfect girl to portray the Trevors' daughter in witness protection, but she soon learns that the biggest threat to her new family's security comes from her own past.

Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes

Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes – Mary E. Lambert (Realistic Fiction)
Seventh-grader Annabelle's mother is a hoarder, and their whole house is full of canned goods, broken toys, fabric, and old newspapers--but when a pile of newspapers (organized by weather reports) falls on Annabelle's younger sister Leslie and their mother is more concerned about the newspapers, it sets off a chain of events that brings their fix-it-all grandmother in and Annabelle realizes that if there is any hope for change she cannot isolate herself and keep her family's problems secret.


Refugee – Alan Gratz (Realistic/Historical)
Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together.


Tangerine – Edward Bloor (Sports/Realistic)
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.


Slider – Pete Hautman (Humor/Realistic)
Hoping to win a cash prize in a pizza eating contest after racking up a tab on his mother's credit card, David must juggle his competitive eating training with the responsibility of looking after his autistic younger brother.

Desert Dark

Desert Dark – Sonja Stone (Realistic/Suspense)
At Desert Mountain Academy, sixteen-year-old Nadia Riley begins a punishing routine to become an undercover CIA agent, but when a double-agent is reported on campus, she is the top suspect.

Akata Witch

Akata Witch – Nnedi Okorafor (Fantasy)
Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer.

Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie (Mystery/Classic)
Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the curious murder of millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett in a locked compartment aboard the Orient Express while the train is stranded by a snowdrift. He must find the murderer before he decides to strike again.


Scythe – Neal Shusterman (Science Fiction)
In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn't. (Mature content)

Challenge Information

Initially, a challenge is held at the individual school level. This challenge will be held February 20, 2019.The top team from each middle school will proceed on to the Lake Washington School District challenge on March 19, 2018 at Kirkland Middle School.


If your child is interested in participating,
please fill out the information requested on the Parent Permission
Form and return it no later than Thursday, November 1. Thank you in advance for your support, encouragement, and enthusiasm!

Parent Permission Letter