Battle of the Books
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.
- All's Faire in Middle School
- Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting
- Greetings From Witness Protection
- Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes
- Desert Dark
- Akata Witch
- Murder on the Orient Express
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 – 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.
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)
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!