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.

  • The Parker Inheritance

    by Varian Johnson Year Published: 2018 Realistic Fiction

    When Candice finds a letter in an old attic in Lambert, South Carolina, she isn't sure she should read it.  It's addressed to her grandmother, who left the town in shame.  But the letter describes a young woman.  An injustice that happened decades ago.  A mystery enfolding its writer.  And the fortune that awaits the person who solves the puzzle.

    So with the help of Bandon, the quiet boy across the street, she begins to decipher the clues.  They are led deep into Lambert's history, full of ugly deeds, forgotten heroes, and one great love; and deeper into their own families, with their own unspoken secrets.  Can they find the fortune and fulfull the letter's promise before the answers slip into the past yet again?

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  • Merci Suarez Changes Gears

    by Meg Medina Year Published: 2018 Realistic Fiction

    Merci Suarez has never been like the other kids at Seaward Pines Academy--she doesn't have a big house or take fancy vacations.  She's a scholarship student who lives with her extended family in three little houses they call Las Casitas.  And she knew sixth grade would be different, but she didn't know how different--and not just at school.  Back at Las Casitas, her beloved grandfather has been acting strangely and no one will tell Merci what's going on.  What will it take to make her family face the issue they've been avoiding?

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  • Runaway Twin

    by Peg Kehret Year Published: 2009

    Sunny is about to make the journey of a lifetime.

    During ten years of living in foster homes, Sunny has always yearned to be reunited with her long-lost twin sister.  So when she finally gets a chance to leave, Sunny is eager to make the cross-country trip to find her other half.  But her quest quickly becomes complicated when she rescues an abandoned dog, runs into bullies, and has to escape a life-threatening tornado!

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  • The Fourteenth Goldfish

    by Jennifer L. Holm Year Published: 2014

    Ellie has never liked change.  She misses fifth grade.  She misses her old best friend.  Sher even misses her dearly departed goldfish.  Then one day a strange boy shows up.  He's bossy.  He's cranky.  And weirdly enough...he looks a lot like Ellie's grandfather, a scientist who's always been slightly obsessed with immortality.  Could this gawky teenager really be Grandpa Melvin?  Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

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  • Save Me a Seat

    by Sarah Weeks Year Published: 2016 Realistic Fiction

    Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they're both stuck in the same place.  SCHOOL.

    Joe's lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own.

    Ravi's family just moved to America from India, and he's finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in.

    Joe and Ravi don't think they have anything in common--but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crzy week.

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  • The Old Willis Place

    by Mary Downing Hahn Year Published: 2004 A ghost story

    The decaying mansion is known as the old Willis place, even though no one named Willis has lived there for years.  Diana and her little brother, Georgie, know every inch of its extensive grounds.  They climb the trees and swim in the pond.  And they can do whatever they want, even stay up all night.  They don't have to change their clothes, brush their hair, or go to school.

    They have total freedom--as long as they don't leave the old Willis place.

    When Lissa arrives with her father, the new caretaker of hte estate, Diana is overjoyed.  She's been wishing for a friend who's a girl.  Maybe Lissa can help her uncover the ghastly secret of the Willis place.

    But she and Georgie aren't allowed to make friends.  And if Diana befriends Lissa, she will unleash evil forces beyond her control.

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