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 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

Intermediate School (4-5)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.
    * One Crazy 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.
    * War that Saved My Life – 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.
    * Love, 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.
    * Regarding the Fountain – Klise*

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 *