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Battle of the Books is an exciting, book based trivia competition for kids entering grades 6 – 9. Contestants join teams at participating libraries for reading and practice during the summer. It culminates in the final Battle of the Books held on the first Saturday in August. For reading, fun and friends, join us!

The 19th annual Battle of the Books has ended. Congratulations to all the readers, coaches, parents and volunteers whose participation makes “Battle” a success.  Please check back in Spring 2018 for information about the even more exciting 20th Battle of the Books.

19th Annual Battle of the Books.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

2017 Titles

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

The Apothecary follows a fourteen-year-old American girl whose life unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in 1952 and gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war

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
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

Jackson Greene has a reputation as a prankster at Maplewood Middle School, but after the last disaster he is trying to go straight - but when it looks like Keith Sinclair may steal the election for school president from Jackson's former best friend Gabriela, he assembles a team to make sure Keith does not succeed.

The Iron Trial by Holly Black

The Iron Trial by Holly Black

Warned away from magic all of his life, Callum endeavors to fail the trials that would admit him to the Magisterium only to be drawn into its ranks against his will and forced to confront dark elements from his past.

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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 Shrunken Head

Battle of the Books 2017 Kids Choice Winner


The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver

Orphans Philippa, Sam, Thomas, and Max must find out who stole a valuable artifact in order to save  their home, Dumfrey's Dime Museum of Freaks, Oddities, and Wonders.


Battle of the Books Titles - Previous years

Battle of the Books - Rules 2017

Battle of the Books Team Forums


Wonder what “Battle” is like?  Check out this video!