Battle of the Books

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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 managers may register teams at the Bridgeville Public Library by February 28, 2020.
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 Thursday, March 19, 2020 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 or E-Mail!Stack of Books

Karen Verduci                               Carrie Lowery
Bridgeville Public Library          Bridgeville Public Library
412-221-3737                                  412-221-3737  

Reading List Grades 4 & 5Reading List Grades 6, 7 & 8Middle School Team Registration

Battle Of the Books – 2020
Reading List
Grades 4 & 5
*The way this book must be written for “The Battle”

  1. Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania Del Rio
    Pub. 2015 pages 224
    Twelve-year-old orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil aunt Annaconda, who believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, took over the management.
    * Warren the 13th – Del Rio
  2. Tumble and Blue   by Cassie Beasley
    Pub. 2018 — pages 416
    When the red moon rises over the heart of the Okefenokee Swamp, legend says that the mysterious golden gator, Munch, will grant a great fate to the poor soul foolish enough to face him.
    * Tumble and Blue – Beasley
  3. The BFG    by Roald Dahl
    Pub. 1982 — pages 224
    Kidsnatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling giants.
    * The BFG – Dahl
  4. The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
    Pub. 2018 — pages 288
    Welcome to a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary boxes into colorful costumes and their ordinary block into a cardboard kingdom. This is the summer when sixteen kids encounter knights and rogues, robots and monsters and their own inner demons.
    * The Cardboard Kingdom – Sell
  5. Survivor Diaries Avalanche!  by Terry Lynn Johnson
    Pub. 2018 — pages 112
    Twelve-year-old twins Ashley and Ryan are tested to the extreme when faced with a powerful avalanche while skiing in Wyoming’s Grant Teton mountains. Includes survival tips from the National Avalanche Center and U.S. Forest Service.
    * Survivor Diaries – Johnson
  6. Front Desk   by Kelly Yang
    Pub. 2018 — pages 320
    Ten-year-old Mia Tang’s parents are recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money. When they take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers.
    * Front Desk – Yang
  7. Who Was Roberto Clemente   by James Buckley, Jr.
    Pub. 2014 — pages 112
    This biography of major league baseball player Roberto Clemente discusses his childhood, family, athletic abilities, humanitarian efforts, and untimely death.
    * Who Was Roberto Clemente – Buckley, Jr.
  8. Misty of Chincoteague   by Marguerite Henry
    Pub. 1947 — pages 176
    Nobody could capture the Phantom. She was the wildest mare on Assateague Island. They said she was like the wind, that the white “map” on her shoulders was her mark of freedom. Then two children came along…
    * Misty of Chincoteague – Henry
  9. Beetle Boy   by M.G. Leonard
    Pub. 2017 — pages 304
    After his father goes missing, Darkus moves in with his eccentric uncle. He discovers that the beetles infesting their neighbor’s home are an intelligent super-species in danger of extermination at the hands of a mad scientist.
    * Beetle Boy – Leonard
  10. Lemons   by Melissa Savage
    Pub. 2017 — pages 308
    After her mother dies in 1975, ten-year-old Lemonade must live with her grandfather in a small town famous for Bigfoot sightings and soon becomes friends with Tobin, a quirky Bigfoot investigator.
    * Lemons – Savage

Battle Of the Books – 2020
Reading List
Grades 6, 7 & 8
*The way this book must be written for “The Battle”

  1. Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier
    Pub. 2018 — 368 pages
    Orphaned Nan Sparrow works as a chimney sweep in nineteenth-century England. After becoming trapped in a chimney fire, she wakes to find herself in an abandoned attic with a golem made of soot and ash.
    * Sweep – Auxier
  2. The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children & Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz
    Pub. 2018 — 400 pages
    On a dark night in 1242, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children and their adventures with history, religion, and farting dragons.
    * Inquisitor’s Tale – Gidwitz
  3. Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
    Pub. 2018 — 320 pages
    Priyanka Das finds a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India?
    * Pashmina – Chanani
  4. The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade by Jordan Sonnenblick
    Pub. 2019 — 208 pages
    Maverick is an unlikely hero. He is short, a bully magnet, and his home life is a mess. But he has a huge heart, and he will stand up for other kids, whether they like it or not. The plot contains references to violence and alcohol abuse.
    * Secret Sheriff – Sonnenblick
  5. Greenglass House by Kate Milford
    Pub. 2016 — 400 pages
    At a smuggler’s inn, 12-yr-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing, but soon guests arrive with strange stories about the house, sending Milo and his new friend on an adventure.
    * Greenglass House – Milford