Battle of the Books

The Battle is On!

Chartiers Valley Intermediate School (grades 4-5) and Middle School (grades 6-8)

Sponsored by Bridgeville and Scott Public Libraries


Make the team with four or five of your friends and choose a team name.

Train by reading books from the list provided, planning a strategy, and designing shirts or costumes if you want.

Compete against other teams from your school.

Win a trophy or certificate for participating.

Adult team members may register teams at the Bridgeville Public Library by March 14, 2017. Group reading lists will be distributed upon registration.

What is Battle of the Books?

The Battle of the Books is a program designed to encourage reading and give recognition to those who like to read. All team members read from the same list of selected books. They then compete with other teams by answering questions based on the books.

What does a team manager do?
The adult team manager may be a parent, relative, or anyone over the age of 18 who will serve as a liaison between the team and the libraries. The team manager is responsible for filling out the registration form, keeping the team members motivated, arranging meetings with their team (if desired) and ensuring that all the team members arrive at the Battle by 15 minutes before start time. Team managers also assist during the Battle.
Who may participate?
Students from Chartiers Valley Intermediate or Middle School (grades 4-8) may compete. Participants must organize their own teams of four or five students and submit a registration form to Scott or Bridgeville Public Library. Each team must have an adult manager.
What is the procedure for the Battle?

The Battle will be held Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Chartiers Valley Intermediate School) or 1:00 pm (Chartiers Valley Middle School). Team members must arrive by 15 minutes prior to start time. They can be dressed alike if they choose. There are two rounds. Each round will consist of 10 questions…there is one question per book (tie breaker questions will be used only if necessary). The moderator will read a question. The team will have 30 seconds to decide and write an answer. The answer to each question will be a book title and the author’s last name.


Each question is worth a possible 5 points:

  • 4 points for a correct book title
  • 1 point for the correct author’s last name.

Answers must be spelled correctly to receive points.

Questions? Call!

Karen Verduci
Bridgeville Public Library

Registration Form

Intermediate School (4-5)Middle School (6-8)

Team Name*

Team Members

Team Manager Name*



Battle Of the Books – 2017
Reading List
Grades 4 & 5
*The way this book must be written for “The Battle”

  1. The Indian in the Cupboard by Banks, Lynne Reid. Year of Pub. 1980 – 181 pages
    A nine-year-old boy receives a plastic Indian, a cupboard, and a little key for his birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life in the cupboard and befriends him.
    * Indian in the Cupboard – Banks *
  1. The Penderwicks: by Birdsall, Jeanne. Year of Pub. 2005 – 262 pages
    While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.
    * Penderwicks – Birdsall*
  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Dahl, Roald. Year of Pub. 1964 – 161 pages
    Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.
    * Chocolate Factory – Dahl*
  1. The Lincoln Project (Flashback Four #1) by Gutman, Dan. Year of Pub.2016 – 224 pages
    Miss Z, a mysterious billionaire and a collector of rare photographs, is sending her four recruits back in time on a mission to capture, for the first time, one of the most important moments in American history–Abraham Lincoln giving his famous Gettysburg address.
    * Lincoln Project – Gutman*
  1. Into the Wild (Warriors: The Prophecies Begin) by Hunter, Erin. Year of Pub. 2003 – 272 pages
    For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest. When their warrior code is threatened by mysterious deaths, a house cat named Rusty may turn out to be the bravest warrior of all.
    * Into the Wild – Hunter*
  1. Double Down (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11) by Kinney, Jeff. Year of Pub. 2016 – 224 pages
    When his mom thinks that video games are turning his brain to mush, Greg Heffley is encouraged to explore his creative side.
    * Double Down – Kinney *
  1. The Westing Game by Raskin, Ellen. Year of Pub. 1978 – 185 pages
    The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
    * Westing Game – Raskin*
  1. Fuzzy Mud by Sachar, Louis. Year of Pub. 2015 – 181 pages
    Two middle-grade kids take a shortcut home from school and discover what looks like fuzzy mud but is actually a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the entire world.
    * Fuzzy Mud – Sachar*
  1. The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Turnage, Sheila. Year of Pub. 2014 – 254 pages
    When Miss Lana accidentally buys a haunted inn at the Tupelo Landing town auction, Desperado Detectives–aka Mo LoBeau and her best friend Dale–opens up a paranormal division to solve the ghost’s identity before the town’s big 250th anniversary bash.
    * Tupelo Landing – Turnage *
  1. Save Me a Seat by Weeks, Sarah. Year of Pub. 2016 – 216 pages
    Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems–but when their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade they are brought together by a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and the need to take control of their lives.
    * Save Me a Seat – Weeks*

Battle Of the Books – 2017
Reading List
Grades 6, 7 & 8
*The way this book must be written for “The Battle”

  1. The Thing About Jellyfish by Benjamin, Ali. Year of Pub. 2015 – 343 pages
    Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend’s death.
    * Thing About Jellyfish – Benjamin *
  1. Code Talker: a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Bruchac, Joseph. Year of Pub. 2005 – 231 pages
    After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.
    * Code Talker – Bruchac *
  1. Airborn by Oppel, Kenneth. Year of Pub. 2004 – 355 pages
    Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth’s surface.
    * Airborn – Oppel *
  1. I Funny: A Middle School Story by Patterson, James. Year of Pub. 2012 – 303 pages
    Resolving to become the world’s greatest stand-up comedian despite less-than-funny challenges in his life, wheelchair-bound middle school student Jamie Grimm endures bullying from his mean-spirited cousin and hopes he will be fairly judged when he enters a local comedy contest.
    * I Funny – Patterson *
  1. Tesla’s Attic (The Accelerati Trilogy #1 ) by Shusterman, Neal. Year of Pub. 2014 – 246 pages
    Moving into a ramshackle Victorian house after his home burns down, 14-year-old Nick discovers a cache of odd antiques in the attic, where his new friends and he become unwitting subjects in a perilous scientific plan by a devious inventor.
    * Tesla’s Attic – Shusterman *