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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!

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Battle of the Books. We salute all the players, coaches, parents and volunteers whose participation makes “Battle” a success.  Please join us in celebrating this special year.

20th Annual Battle of the Books

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

2018 Titles

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 

In a world divided by blood - those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities - seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard - a growing Red rebellion - even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

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
Soar by Joan Bauer

Soar by Joan Bauer 

Jeremiah is not one to let anything keep him down. Starting with his adoption by computer genius Walt, Jeremiah has looked on his life as a series of lucky breaks. When a weak heart keeps him from playing his beloved baseball, Jeremiah appoints himself the team coach. When Walt has to move for another new assignment, Jeremiah sees it as a great chance to explore a new town. But no sooner do they arrive than a doping scandal is revealed and the town feels betrayed and disgraced. Jeremiah takes it as his personal mission to restore the town's morale and help the teams bounce back and remember how to soar.

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas 

Zomorod Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even puka shell necklaces, pool parties, and flying fish can't distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home.

Click Here to Start by Denis Markell

Click Here to Start by Denis Markell 

Twelve-year-old Ted Gerson has spent most of his summer playing video games. So when his great-uncle dies and bequeaths him the all so-called treasure in his overstuffed junk shop of an apartment, Ted explores it like it’s another level to beat. And to his shock, he finds that eccentric Great-Uncle Ted actually has set the place up like a real-life escape-the-room game, and the “treasure” might be exactly that - real gold and jewels found by a Japanese-American unit that served in World War II. With each puzzle Ted and his friends solve, they get closer to unraveling the mystery — but someone dangerous is hot on their heels, and he’s not about to let them get away with the fortune.

Kid Owner by Tim Green


When Ryan’s estranged father unexpectedly dies, Ryan learns that he has inherited the Dallas Cowboys football team. With his new role as owner of this NFL team, Ryan has high hopes that he can be more than just a middle school misfit. Maybe he can even get off the bench and into the starting lineup of his own football team. With the help of his friends, Jackson and Izzy, Ryan takes advantage of his newfound stardom. But just when things are looking up, Ryan’s nasty stepmother makes a legal play to make her own son the Cowboys’ kid owner. With drama heating up both on and off the field, Ryan quickly realizes he may lose much more than just the Dallas Cowboys.

2018 Evaluation and Comment Form

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Battle of the Books Titles - Previous years

A Look Back at Battle of the Books

The #1 Summer reading program and team trivia competition for students entering 6th through 9th grade. To sign up, visit your local library today.  You can't win if you're not in it!



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