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  1. Elementary Battle of the Books 2008 – 2009 School Year

  2. What is Battle of the Books? • The purpose of Battle of the Books is to encourage reading and expose students to quality literature. • 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 Church. • The format of the competition is quiz bowl style question and answer.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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 her. R.L. 4.8 Pts. 4.0

  9. Do you sometimes feel like you just don’t 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Sara’s 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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