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17th Annual Battle of the Books


Lancaster Public Library won the 2015 Battle of the Books reading competition on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at E.C.C. South.


There were a total of 33 teams, representing 20 different Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries!  Nearly 240 participants (children entering grades 6 – 9) and an audience of 500! 

Marilla Free Library was runner-up.

Now in its 17th year, Battle pairs participating library teams against one another.  Each team of up to eight members reads the same five preselected books and answers tricky trivia questions about each book.  The final round takes place in the ECC gym.


This year’s titles were:

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein, The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde, Swindle by Gordon Korman; Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage and Nightmare at the Book Fair by Dan Gutman.


This summer’s Battle of the Books teams represent the following Libraries:

Amherst Public Library – Audubon and Eggertsville

Boston Free Library

Cheektowaga Public Library - Anna Reinstein Memorial and Julia Boyer Reinstein

City of Tonawanda Public Library

Clarence Public Library

Eden Library

Elma Public Library

Grand Island Memorial Library

Hamburg Public Library

Lackawanna Public Library

Lancaster Public Library

Marilla Free Library

Newstead Public Library

North Collins Public Library

Orchard Park Public Library

Riverside Branch Library in Buffalo

Town of Tonawanda Public Library - Kenmore Branch

West Seneca Public Library


2016 Battle of the Books will be on Saturday, August 6, 2016



2015 Titles

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Twelve-year-old Kyle and his friends get to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello).  In the morning he must work with these friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.

hie thinks nothing exciting will ever happen to her until her sixth-grade class visits the Art Institute of Chicago, where she and her best friend Jack discover a magic key that shrinks them to the size of gerbils and allows them to explore the Thorne Rooms--the collection of sixty-eight miniature rooms from various time periods and places--and discover their secrets. - See more at: http://www.buffalolib.org/vufind/Record/1788325/Description#tabnav
Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic.

Swindle by Gordon Korman

Swindle by Gordon Korman

After unscrupulous collector S. Wendell Palamino cons him out of a valuable baseball card, sixth-grader Griffin Bing puts together a band of misfits to break into Palomino's heavily guarded store and steal the card back, planning to use the money to finance his father's failing invention, the SmartPick fruit picker.


Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Mo LoBeau was washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina.   Now eleven years old, Mo and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and her co-parent, is implicated in a murder.

Nightmare at the Book Fair

Nightmare at the Book Fair by Dan GutmanKid’s Choice Winner

Fifth-grader Trip Kindleman, who does not like to read very much, is hit on the head by a heavy box and becomes a character in a series of different books--from a sports story to a science fiction novel to an adventure tale.  Afterward his view of reading is changed forever.


Battle of the Books - Rules 2015

Battle of the Books Team Forums

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Clarence 1 celebrates their victory!
Clarence 1 celebrates their victory!

Marilla celebrates their silver medals!