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​​​​​​​The annual Battle of the Books is an exciting type of book club that utilizes a game show format (Jepordy) to challenge students' knowledge of pre-selected novels. Students from grade 5 to 8 are invited to join in the fun by reading the novels and joining a team to answer questions that prove their knowledge of the story.​

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  • Reading of the books: October to January
  • ​​​School-based Tournaments: 
    • ​Mid-January to March 1st       * Noon hour while we eat our lunch.
  • ​ Tournaments: April 2nd & 4th    * These two after school events: 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. 
    •  April 2:   (South Zone)  Location TBD
    • April 4:  (South Zone) Location TPD
  • ​​City Finals: 
    • April 17th, Wednesday, Day 3 - 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Location:  Miller Gym B 
BOB Books 2018-19

1 The Water Wars by by Cameron Stracher(Recycle) (paperback, Overdrive): When the Great Panic causes water to be hoarded, Vera and Will befriend the mysterious Kai, who seems to have an unlimited access to water. When he disappears, they realize the world's salvation depends on keeping him alive. The plot contains violence. 256 5.3 MG Girl Dystopian

2 The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander (Recycle) (paperback): Mac and his best friend Vince can get anything they need, until one Monday when a third grader needs protection and they soon realize they need help and there is no one to help them. The plot contains violence. 336 5.1 MG Boy Realistic Fiction Humour Mystery

3 Restart by Gordon Korman (paperback): Chase doesn't remember falling off the roof and hitting his head, in fact, he doesn't remember anything.  He has to learn his own life all over again. 256 5.1 MG Girl Boy Realistic Fiction Bullying

4 Ghost by Jason Reynolds (paperback, Overdrive 12 month metered access): Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle-school track team, but his past is slowing him down. The plot contains violence and drug dealing. Book #1 208 4.6 MG Boy Sports Family Life

5 Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan (paperback, Overdrive): Very short for her age, Julia grows into her sense of self while playing a munchkin in a summer regional theater production of THE WIZARD OF OZ. 304 5.3 MG Girl Realistic Fiction Humour

6 The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie (paperback [Aug. 28], Overdrive): When lights start flickering and temperatures suddenly drop, twelve-year-old Tessa Woodward, sensing her new house may be haunted, recruits some new friends to help her unravel the mystery of who or what is trying to communicate with her and why. 304 4.4 MG Girl Mystery paranormal

7 Brave by Svetlana Chmakova (paperback): Jensen's daydreaming gets put to the test by some hard realities when the stresses of middle school get totally out of control. 248 2.8 MG Boy Graphic Novel Realistic Fiction Bullying

8 Refugee by Alan Gratz (paperback): Josef is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, and their stories tie together in the end.