• Middle School Battle of the Books 2023

    Robinson's Battle--April 11, 2023
    District Middle School Battle--April 19, 2023
    (Click on the author's name to hear how it is pronounced) 

    Alone by Megan Freeman (F FRE)(404 pgs) 

    Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed (F SAE)(226 pgs)

    Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B Alston (F ALS)(408 pgs)

    Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Montgomery (F MON)(440 pgs)

    Benefits of Being an Octopus, The by Ann Braden (F BRA)(254 pgs)

    Born to Fly: The First Women’s Air Race Across America by Steve Sheinkin (797.5 SHE)(276 pgs)

    Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter (F CAR)(309 pgs)

    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (F RHO)(217 pgs)

    Guest: A Changling Tale by Mary Downing Hahn (F HAH)(220 pgs)

    In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers: The Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, and Years After the 9/11 Attacks by Dan Brown (741.5 BRO) (121 pgs)

    Itch! Everything You Didn’t Want to Know About What Makes You Scratch by Anita Sanchez (612.7 SAN)(74 pgs)

    Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya (F CAR)(249 pgs)

    Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, The by Stacy McAnulty (F MCA)(293 pgs)

    Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (F SNY)(269 pgs)

    Pony by R.J. Palacio (F PAL)(289 pgs)

    Posted by John David Anderson (F AND)(369 pgs)

    Refugee by Alan Gratz (F GRA)(338 pgs)

    Restart by Gordan Korman (F KOR)(243 pgs)

    Science of Breakable Things, The by Tae Keller (F KEL)(298 pgs)

    See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng (F CHE)(314 pgs)

    Shot in the Arm, A by Don Brown (615.3 BRO)(138 pgs)

    Sweep the Story of a Girl & Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier (F AUX)(344 pgs)

    Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of the Children’s Ship by Deborah Helligman (940.54 HEL)(292 pgs)

    War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (F BRA)(316 pgs)

    Official Rules
    1 A team will consist of no more than 4 members. There will be no minimum number of players.
    2 The moderator will flip a coin before the game to decide who goes first. The team winning the toss will have the first question.
    3 A round will consist of 12 questions.
    4 The moderator willread each question once and will repeat it once upon the request of theteam member assigned the question. (The clock will continue to run while the question is repeated).
    5 The moderator will say the team member's name, state the question, and repeat the team member's name to start the time. Once a team member has been designated to answer the question, 20 seconds will be allowed to start the answer. The questions will be answered by team members in sequential order. The person answering may get help from his/her teammates within the 20-second time limit, but he/she may not confer until the moderator repeats the team member’s name a second time. Once the answer has begun, no more conferring is allowed.
    a. If any member of a team confers at an inappropriate time, the team will
    receive a warning from the judges.
    b. If any member of a team displays unsportsmanlike conduct the team will receive a warning from the judges.
    c. Additional offenses will result in the offending team forfeiting its opportunity to respond.
    d. The question will be read again and addressed to the next player in sequence on the opposing team as a rebound question. (Time will be 10 seconds and score for a correct answer will be two points).
    6 Two (2) points will be awarded for each correct book title as it appears on the official booklist. Judges will disregard articles such as “a,” "an,” and "the" at the beginning of all titles. One (1) bonus point will be awarded for the name of the author as it appears on the official booklist. A team cannot earn bonus points for the author's name unless the title has been stated correctly.
    7 If a team fails to answer the question correctly within the allotted time, the question will be read again and addressed to the next player in sequence on the opposing team, who will have 10 seconds in which to begin the answer. The second team offered the question cannot confer until the question has been addressed to them or the team will forfeit its opportunity to respond. Points can only be earned for the title. The play will resume with the next question being directed to that same player.
    8 Teams will be put into a bracket and compete until they are eliminated. In the event of a tie, a tiebreaker round will be held.
    9 The tiebreaker round will consist of 12 questions. Scoring will start atzero. Rounds will continue until a winner is determined.
    10 Challenges - There are no challenges.
    11 There will be no entering or exiting the competition area during a round.
    To maintain the integrity of the questions and the yearly competitions, videotaping of an entire competition is not allowed.