Battle of the Books

Team of 2 teachers and 5 students on stage holding Honeycutt sign
  • Head Coach:  Alison Perry, Media Coordinator

    Co-Coach:  Catherine Thompkins, 5th grade teacher

    Elementary Battle of the Books is a county wide reading competition for students in grades 4 and 5.  Approximately fifteen books are selected each year to be featured in the competition.  Each team may have 12 team members.  Throughout the year team members read and become experts on the fifteen selected books.  Our team meets after school at least once per week to read, prepare, and practice for competition.  Candidates for the team need to be avid readers who are willing to make a commitment to read the selected books, multiple times.  During the competition, questions are posed to a team of 4-6 members and conferring occurs before the answer is given.  This is truly a team effort.  Approximately 40 teams compete in 5 days of preliminary rounds.  The top 2 finishers each day compete in the county finals.  BOB permission forms are available in the Media Center.  The first meeting will be in September, after school.  Your child must have prompt and reliable transportation home at the end of each practice time.

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    Linked

    by Gordon Korman Year Published: 2021

    Link, Michael, and Dana live in a quiet town.  But it's woken up very quickly when someone sneaks into school and vandalizes it with a swastika.

    Nobody can believe.  How could such a symbol of hate end up in the middle of their school?  Who would do such a thing?

    Because Michael was the first person to see it, he's the first suspect.  Because Link is one of the most popular guys in school, everyone's looking to him to figure it out.  And because Dana's the only Jewish girl in the whole town, everyone's treating her more like an outsider than ever.

    The mystery deepens as more swastikas begin to appear.  Some students decide to fight back and start a project to bring people together instead of dividing them further.  The closer Link, Michael, and Dana get to the truth, the more there is to face--not just the crimes of the present, but also the crimes of the past.

    With Linked, Gordon Korman, the author of the acclaimed novel Restart, poses a mystery for all readers where the who did it? isn't really as important as the why?

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  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

    by Stacy McAnulty Year Published:

    Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn't remember it, but it changed her life forever. The zap gave her genius-level math skills, and ever since, Lucy has been homeschooled. Now, at 12 years old, she's technically ready for college. She just has to pass 1 more test — middle school!

    Lucy's grandma insists: Go to middle school for 1 year. Make 1 friend. Join 1 activity. And read 1 book (that's not a math textbook!). Lucy's not sure what a girl who does calculus homework for fun can possibly learn in 7th grade. She has everything she needs at home, where nobody can make fun of her rigid routines or her superpowered brain. The equation of Lucy's life has already been solved. Unless there's been a miscalculation?

    A celebration of friendship, Stacy McAnulty's smart and thoughtful middle-grade debut reminds us all to get out of our comfort zones and embrace what makes us different. 

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  • Not If I Can Help It

    by Carolyn Mackler Year Published:

    Willa likes certain things to be certain ways. Her socks have to be soft . . . and definitely can't have irritating tags on the inside. She loves the crunch of popcorn and nachos . . . but is grossed out by the crunch of a baby carrot. And slimy foods? Those are the worst.

    Willa can manage all these things -- but there are some things she can't deal with, like her father's big news. He's been keeping a big secret from her . . . that he's been dating the mom of Willa's best friend Ruby. Willa does NOT like the idea of them being together. And she does NOT like the idea of combining families. And she does NOT like the idea of her best friend becoming her sister overnight. Will she go along with all of these changes? NOT if she can help it!

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  • The Very, Very Far North

    by Dan Bar-el Year Published:

    In the Very, Very Far North, past the Cold, Cold Ocean and just below the hill that looks like a baby whale, you’ll find Duane and his friends.

    Duane is a sweet and curious young bear who makes friends with everyone he meets—whether they’re bossy, like Major Puff the puffin, or a bit vain, like Handsome the musk ox, or very, very shy, like Boo the caribou. For these arctic friends, every day is a new adventure!

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  • The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez

    by Adrianna Cuevas Year Published:

    All Nestor Lopez wants is to live in one place for more than a few months and have dinner with his dad.

    When he and his mother move to a new town to live with his grandmother after his dad’s latest deployment, Nestor plans to lay low. He definitely doesn’t want to anyone find out his deepest secret: that he can talk to animals.

    But when the animals in his new town start disappearing, Nestor's grandmother becomes the prime suspect after she is spotted in the woods where they were last seen. As Nestor investigates the source of the disappearances, he learns that they are being seized by a tule vieja―a witch who can absorb an animal’s powers by biting it during a solar eclipse. And the next eclipse is just around the corner…

    Now it’s up to Nestor’s extraordinary ability and his new friends to catch the tule vieja―and save a place he might just call home.

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  • Walls Within Walls

    by Maureen Sherry Year Published:

    After their father, a video-game inventor, strikes it rich, the Smithfork kids find they hate their new life. They move from their cozy Brooklyn neighborhood to a swanky apartment on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. They have no friends, a nanny who takes the place of their parents, and a school year looming ahead that promises to be miserable.

    And then, one day, Brid, CJ, and Patrick discover an astonishing secret about their apartment: The original owner, the deceased multimillionaire Mr. Post, long ago turned the apartment itself into a giant puzzle containing a mysterious book and hidden panels—a puzzle that, with some luck, courage, and brainpower, will lead to discovering the Post family fortune.

    Unraveling the mystery causes them to race through today's New York City—and to uncover some long-hidden secrets of the past.

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    Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

    by Chris Grabenstein Year Published: 2013

    Winning an invitation to the opening night lock in at the new library took a lot of work and some luck.  Getting home will be a whole other story...

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  • Where the Watermelons Grow

    by Cindy Baldwin Year Published:

    When twelve-year-old Della Kelly finds her mother furiously digging black seeds from a watermelon in the middle of the night and talking to people who aren't there, Della worries that it’s happening again—that the sickness that put her mama in the hospital four years ago is back. That her mama is going to be hospitalized for months like she was last time.

    With her daddy struggling to save the farm and her mama in denial about what’s happening, it’s up to Della to heal her mama for good. And she knows just how she’ll do it: with a jar of the Bee Lady’s magic honey, which has mended the wounds and woes of Maryville, North Carolina, for generations.

    But when the Bee Lady says that the solution might have less to do with fixing Mama’s brain and more to do with healing her own heart, Della must learn that love means accepting her mama just as she is.

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  • Amari and the Night Brothers

    by B.B. Alston Year Published:

    Amari Peters has never stopped believing her missing brother, Quinton, is alive. Not even when the police told her otherwise, or when she got in trouble for standing up to bullies who said he was gone for good.

    So when she finds a ticking briefcase in his closet, containing a nomination for a summer tryout at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, she’s certain the secretive organization holds the key to locating Quinton—if only she can wrap her head around the idea of magicians, fairies, aliens, and other supernatural creatures all being real.

    Now she must compete for a spot against kids who’ve known about magic their whole lives. No matter how hard she tries, Amari can’t seem to escape their intense doubt and scrutiny—especially once her supernaturally enhanced talent is deemed “illegal.” With an evil magician threatening the supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she’s an enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t stick it out and pass the tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton.

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  • The Hero Two Doors Down

    by Sharon Robinson Year Published:

    Stephen Satlow is an eight-year-old boy living in Brooklyn, New York, which means he only cares about one thing--the Dodgers.  Steve and his father spend hours reading the sports pages and listening to games on the radio.  Aside from an occasional run-in with his teacher, life is pretty simple for Steve.

    But then Steve hears a rumor that an African-American family is moving to his all-Jewish neighborhood.  It's 1948 and some of his neighbors are against it.  Steve knows that this is wrong.  His hero, Jackie Robinson, broke the color barrier in baseball just the year before.

    Then it happens--Steve's new neighbor is none other than Jackie Robinson!  Steve is beyond excited about living two doors down from the Robinson family.  He can't wait to meet Jackie.  This is going to be the best baseball season yet!  How many kids ever get to become friends with their hero?

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  • Wildfire

    by Rodman Philbrick Year Published:

    Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick sends readers straight into the nightmare of a raging wildfire as 12-year-old Sam is trapped by explosive flames and deadly smoke that threaten to take his life. Can he survive?

     

    Flames race toward Sam Castine's summer camp as evacuation buses are loading, but Sam runs back to get his phone. Suddenly, a flash of heat blasts him as pine trees explode. Now a wall of fire separates Sam from his bus, and there's only one thing to do: Run for his life. Run or die.

    Lungs burning, Sam's only goal is to keep moving. Drought has made the forest a tinderbox, and Sam struggles to remember survival tricks he learned from his late father. Then, when he least expects it, he encounters Delphy, an older girl who is also lost. Their unlikely friendship grows as they join forces to find civilization.

    The pace never slows, and eventually flames surround Sam and Delphy on all sides. A powerful bond is forged that can only grow out of true hardship -- as two true friends beat all odds and outwit one of the deadliest fires ever.

    At the end of the novel, information about wildfires and useful safety tips add to the reader's understanding of one of the world's most dangerous natural disasters.

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  • Pax

    by Sara Pennypacker Year Published:

    Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.

    At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be—with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox.

    Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own. . . .

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  • Root Magic

    by Eden Royce Year Published:

    It’s 1963, and things are changing for Jezebel Turner. Her beloved grandmother has just passed away. The local police deputy won’t stop harassing her family. With school integration arriving in South Carolina, Jez and her twin brother, Jay, are about to begin the school year with a bunch of new kids. But the biggest change comes when Jez and Jay turn eleven— and their uncle, Doc, tells them he’s going to train them in rootwork.

    Jez and Jay have always been fascinated by the African American folk magic that has been the legacy of their family for generations—especially the curious potions and powders Doc and Gran would make for the people on their island. But Jez soon finds out that her family’s true power goes far beyond small charms and elixirs…and not a moment too soon. Because when evil both natural and supernatural comes to show itself in town, it’s going to take every bit of the magic she has inside her to see her through.

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  • Wish

    by Barbara O'Connor Year Published:

    Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets
    Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.

    From award-winning author Barbara O'Connor comes a middle-grade novel about a girl who, with the help of a true-blue friend, a big-hearted aunt and uncle, and the dog of her dreams, unexpectedly learns the true meaning of family in the least likely of places.

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