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What is BOB?

Battle of the Books is an exciting type of reading club that uses a game show format to challenge teams' knowledge of eight pre-selected books from a variety of authors and genres.  Teams of students are asked questions based on the characters, plots, themes and setting of the books.  Points are scored by correctly identifying the titles and authors of the books.

Team Composition

Students from grades 5-8 are eligible to compete.  Teams may consist of up to 4 students.  Students may read all of the books or divide the reading amongst the team members. 

The Questions

  • ​Challenge basic knowledge and comprehension of the books.
  • Do not contain clues such as character names, book titles and authors.
  • Each question begins with the phrase.......In which book......?
  • The tournaments are divided into 3 tournament categories- school, zone and city finals.  This ensures that no one school will have an advantage by having heard a question prior to the appropriate tournament.
The Points
  • ​Title - 3 points
  • Author - 1 point
  • ​Half points are not awarded for incomplete responses.
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El Deafo by Cece Bell
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 aid. 
233 pgs​

Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
Dashiell Gibson, who lives on Moon Base Alpha, has to solve a murder of one of the moon's most prominent doctors.
337 pgs

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Carley struggles with being open to love after she suffers a heartbreaking betrayal that forces her to move in with a foster family. 
224 pgs.

The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero by Rachel Renée Russell
Questioning his resolve to attend public school after years of being homeschooled, Max is targeted by a mean-spirited bully and aspires to become like his favorite comic book heroes. 
302 pgs

Kid Owner by Tim Green
When Ryan learns his estranged father left him the Dallas Cowboys in his will, it is all Rya​​n can do to keep his dad's other son from snatching the team away. 
325 pgs

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
Ten-year-old blind orphan Peter Nimble has been forced into a life of crime. One day, Peter steals a mysterious box that contains three magical pairs of eyes. With the help of these eyes, Peter embarks on a quest to discover his true identity.
381 p.]

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans 
Fourteen-year-old Michael discovers he has special electrical powers and, with the help of his best friends, becomes aware that there are other teens with similar powers, but something or someone is hunting them. 
326 pgs

Wonder by R.J. Palacio 
Ten-year-old Auggie, born with extreme facial abnormalities, goes from being homeschooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school, where he endures taunts and bullying and struggles to be seen as just another student.
315 pgs​