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Battle of the Books

This is the official logo for the North Carolina middle school Battle of the Books program.

Battle of the Books is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and requires that students read select books for comprehension in order to answer questions about those books.  Each student participating in Battle of the Books will read from the official list of titles and become very familiar with the characters and stories.

Students will be asked to memorize titles and authors, write BOB formatted questions covering the books they read, and be able to discuss the books they’ve read with others in the club.  We also have an Edmodo group for students to post their thoughts on what they are reading.

Click below for a schedule of all practice dates.  Initially, practices will break into our expert groups and focus on one title at a time.  Please make sure that your student has read the assigned title prior each week’s meeting.  After Thanksgiving, we will meet as a group and practice together.  All practices will be held until 4:00.  Please make sure that someone is here to pick up your student by 3:55.  After the winter break, we will do two practices per week in preparation for competition.

From the students initially involved in Battle of the Books, a team of 6-12 students will be chosen for competition.  These students will become “experts” on their select BOB titles.  The Battle of the Books team members will receive BOB team shirts, participation medals, certificates, and other incentives.

The competition will be held in early spring and resembles a spelling bee type format with students being asked a question about a book with the correct response always being the title and author of the book.  Students do, however, get to confer with their teammates before answering each question.  Everyone who makes the final team will participate on competition day.

2016-17 NC Battle of the Books list

Title

Author

Bomb Steve Sheinkin
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler Phillip Hoose
The Brooklyn Nine Alan Gratz
Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam Cynthia Kadohata
Crow Barbara Wright
The Emerald Atlas John Stephens
Forged by Fire Sharon M. Draper
Greenglass House Kate Milford
Gym Candy Carl Deuker
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J. K. Rowling
I Am Malala *  
          * Young Reader’s edition
Malala Yousafzai
          with Patricia McCormick
Iron Thunder Avi
The Land Mildred D. Taylor
Legend Marie Lu
A Monster Calls Patrick Ness
A Night Divided Jennifer A. Nielsen
Red Scarf Girl Ji-Li Jiang
Return to Sender Julia Alvarez
The Ruins of Gorlan John Flanagan
The Running Dream Wendelin Van Draanen
Schooled Gordon Korman
Serafina and the Black Cloak Robert Beatty
Three Times Lucky Sheila Turnage
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
The Underneath Kathi Appelt
The War that Saved My Life Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Wonder R. J. Palacio
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Published by Pamela Sands on February 22, 2017
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