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 your friends and choose a team name. (MS teams: 2 – 3 members, IS teams: 4 – 5 members)

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 February 27, 2018.
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 20, 2018 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 (Middle School Only)

Middle School (6-8)

Team Name*

Team Members

Team Manager Name*



Battle Of the Books – 2018
Reading List
Grades 4 & 5
*The way this book must be written for “The Battle”

  1. Capture the Flag: by Messner, Kate. Year of Pub. 2012 – 231 pages
    When the original Star Spangled Banner is stolen, seventh graders Anne, Jose, and Henry, all descendants of the Silver Jaguar Society, pursue suspects on airport carts and through baggage handling tunnels while stranded at the airport.
    * Capture the Flag – Messner *
  1. Crenshaw: by Applegate, Katherine. Year of Pub. 2015 – 245 pages
    Fearing his family will have to move back into their minivan when they suffer another financial setback, Jackson finds support and comfort through his friendship with a giant imaginary cat.
    * Crenshaw – Applegate*
  1. El Deafo: by Bell, Cece. Year of Pub. 2014 – 233 pages
    In this graphic-novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her experiences with the Phonic ear, a very powerful and very awkward hearing device.
    * El Deafo – Bell*
  1. One Crazy Summer: by Williams-Garcia, Rita. Year of Pub. 2010 – 218 pages
    In 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland to spend a month with the mother they barely know, 11-year old Delphine and her sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover their mother wants them to attend a Black Panther Summer Camp.
    * Summer – Williams-Garcia*
  1. The War that Saved My Life: by Bradley, Kimberly B. Year of Pub. 2015 – 316 pages
    A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.
    * The War – Bradley*
  1. Love, Ruby Lavender by Wiles, Deborah. Year of Pub. 2005 – 240 pages
    Ruby Lavender used to have a good life. She and her grandmother, Miss Eula, were inseparable. But this summer, Miss Eula will be in Hawaii, and Ruby’s sure it’ll be a lonely, empty, horrible season without her.
    * Ruby Lavender – Wiles *
  1. The Bad Beginning by Snicket, Lemony. Year of Pub. 1999 – 162 pages
    After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.
    * Bad Beginning – Snicket*
  1. Story Thieves by Riley, James. Year of Pub. 2015 – 383 pages
    Owen’s life is boring until he sees his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the school library. He learns Bethany is half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character.
    * Story Thieves – Riley*
  1. Chasing Vermeer by Balliett, Blue. Year of Pub. 2005 – 254 pages
    When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve and international art scandal.
    * Chasing Vermeer – Balliett *
  1. Regarding the Fountain by Klise, Kate. Year of Pub. 1998 – 138 pages
    When the principal asks a fifth grader to write a letter regarding the purchase of a new drinking fountain for their school, he finds that all sorts of chaos results.
    * The Fountain – Klise*

Battle Of the Books – 2018
Reading List
Grades 6, 7 & 8
*The way this book must be written for “The Battle”

  1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Year of Pub. 1937 – 330 pages
    Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.
    * The Hobbit – Tolkien *
  1. I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora. Year of Pub. 2014 – 166 pages
    When best friends Lucy, Elena, and Michael receive their summer reading list, they are excited to see TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD included. But not everyone in their class shares the same enthusiasm.
    * Mockingbird – Acampora *
  1. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson. Year of Pub. 2000 – 251 pages
    In 1793 Philadelphia, fourteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.
    * Fever 1793 – Anderson *
  1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Year of Pub. 1985 – 325 pages
    Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer games. But in reality he is being trained to be the military genius that the planet needs in its all-out war with an alien enemy.
    * Ender’s Game – Card *
  1. Serafina and the Black Cloak by Roberty Beatty. Year of Pub. 2015 – 293 pages
    In 1899, a twelve-year-old girl living secretly on North Carolina’s Biltmore Estate, teams up with the estate owner’s young nephew to battle a great evil and, in the process, unlocks the puzzle of her past.
    * Serafina – Beatty *