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.

  • Where the Watermelons Grow

    by Cindy Baldwin Year Published: 2018 Realistic Fiction

    When twelve-year-old Della finds her mother obsessively 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 her mama's sickness is back.

    With her daddy trying to keep their farm afloat and her mama in denial about her behavior, Della fears it's up to her to heal her mama for good.  If the local Bee Lady's honey has mended the wounds and woes of their town for generations, then surely it can make her mama better, too.

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

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  • Walls Within Walls

    by Maureen Sherry Year Published: 2010 Fiction

    After their father, a video-game inventor, strikes it rich, the Smithfork kids move from their cozy Brooklyn neighborhood to a swanky apartment on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.

    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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  • Among the Hidden

    by Margaret Peterson Haddix Year Published: 1998 Fiction

    Luke has never been to school.  He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight.  In fact, Luke has never had a friend.

    Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police.  He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.

    Then, one day Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live.  Finally, he's met a shadow child like himself.  Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows--does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan?  Can he afford not to?

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  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

    by Grace Lin Year Published: 2009 Fiction

    In the valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli spends her days working hard in the fields and her nights listening to her father spin fantastic tales about the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon.  Minli's mother, tired of their poor life, chides him for filling her head with nonsense.  But Minli believes these enchanting stories and embarks on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man of the Moon and ask him how her family can change their fortune.  She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest.

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  • Turtle in Paradise

    by Jennifer L. Holm Year Published: 2010 Historical Fiction

    Life's more like the movies...

    And Turtle knows enough not to expect a Hollywood ending.  After all, it's 1935, the Depression.  Jobs, money, and sometimes even dreams are scarce.  So when Turtle is sent off to Key West, Florida, to live with relatives she's never met, she doesn't even shed a tear.  Florida's hot and strange, full of ragtag boy cousins, family secrets, and even buried treasure!  Before she knows what happened, Turtle comes out of the shell she's spent her life building, and discovers a world that's more exciting than any Hollywood blockbuster.

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  • Kenny & the Dragon

    by Tony DiTerlizzi Year Published: 2008 Fiction

    Kenny made it to the grassy top by sunset.  From here he could see the little lamplights of Roundbrook flickering along the horizon.  To the west, billowy clouds changed in hue from gold to a fiery orange, then turned red before cooling off into a lovely shade of lavender.  As Kenny looked east, he could see the North Star, Polaris, twinkling low in the sky.  Directly below, curled up and sleeping on the far side of the hill, was the dragon.

    He gulped.  This animal was bigger than the illustrations in his book.

    MUCH BIGGER.

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  • Wildfire

    by Rodman Philbrick Year Published: 2019 Realistic Fiction

    Flames race toward Sam Castine's summer camp.  Suddenly, a flash of heat blasts him as pine trees explode.  Now a wall of fire separates Sam from his only chance to evacuate.  There's just one thing to do: Run for his life.  Run or die.

    Drought has made the forest a tinderbox.  How will he survive?  Sam struggles to remember survival tricks he learned from his late father.  Alone and lost, with no chance of rescue, it's a stroke of luck to find another lost camper--Delphy, a tough older girl with spunk and wit.  The pace never slows, and when flames finally surround Sam and Delphy on all sides, there's no place to turn.  But a powerful bond that can only grow out of courage and hardship has been forged--as two unlikely friends beat all odds and outwit one of the deadliest fires ever.

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  • Pax

    by Sara Pennypacker Year Published: 2016 Fiction

    Pax and Peter have been inseperable 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 returned with his fox.

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

    From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes a beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the essential truths that define us and the devastating costs of war.  Pax is destined to become a beloved classic.

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  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

    by Chris Grabenstein Year Published: 2013 Fiction

    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 an whole other story...

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  • Wish

    by Barbara O'Connor Year Published: 2016 Fiction

    Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade.  But when she is sent 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 at all what she needs.

    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 real meaning of family in th least likely of places.

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  • Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

    by Cornelia Cornelissen Year Published: 1998 Historical Fiction

    Soft Rain is nine years old when her life changes.  Without warning, white soldiers arrive at her house.  They command Soft Rain and her mother to go with them, taking only the possessions they can instantly pack and carry.  They are forced to leave behind Soft Rain's blind grandmother, her father and brother, and even her puppy.  No one will answer Soft Rain's questions: Where are they going?  What will become of her family?

    It is 1938, the year of the enforced relocation of the Cherokee people from their southern homes to the unknown West.  The long and dangerous journey there, across rivers and over mountains, through rain and snow, is an unwelcome adventure for Soft Rain and her people.  Soft Rain's inspiring story of strength and hope is a testament to all those who lived through the Trail of Tears.

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  • The Hero Two Doors Down

    by Sharon Robinson Year Published: 2016 Realistic Fiction

    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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  • Not If I Can Help It

    by Carolyn Mackler Year Published: 2019 Fiction

    Willa likes certain things to  be certain ways.  Her socks have to be soft and her shirts can't have irritating tags.  She loves the crunch of nachos...but is grossed out by the crunch of carrots.  And slimy foods?  Those are the worst.  

    Still, Willa can deal with all these things.  She can also deal with the fact that her mom now lives two hours away with a new husband, and that her best friend, Ruby, can't always read her mind (although sometimes she comes close).  But there are some things Willa can't deal with, like her dad's big news--that he's been secretly dating Ruby's mom.

    Willa does NOT like the idea of her dad and Ruby's mom being together.  And she does NOT like the idea of giving up her room if they get married.  And she does NOT like the idea of her best friend suddenly becoming her sister overnight.

    Is Willa going to let this big new mess ruin her life?

    NOT if she can help it!

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  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

    by Stacy McAnulty Year Published: 2018 Fiction

    Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning.  She doesn't remember it, but the zap gave her genius-level math skills, and she's been homeschooled ever since.  Now 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.  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?

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  • The Very, Very Far North

    by Dan Bar-el Year Published: 2019 Fiction

    If someday you wander north--truly north, to the northern part of north--and you come across the Cold, Cold Ocean, follow its shoreline to a beach that's just right for napping.  There you'll find Duane the polar bear and his friends.  

    Duane might offer you an icicle treat before introducing you to C.C. the owl, Handsome the musk ox, Twitch the arctic hare, Boo the caribou, and Major Puff the puffin.  He might ask your opinion on mid-late-morning naps and late-mid-afternoon naps.  Don't worry about the fact that Duane is a polar bear--he has only kindness in his heart, which is why his friends love him so.

    But if you are not able to visit Duane and his friends anytime soon, then the story tucked gently between the pages of this book should tide you over until you are ready for your own great adventure to the Very, Very Far North.

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