Battle of the Books

The Battle is On!Battle of the Books Logo

Chartiers Valley Intermediate School (grades 4-5) and Middle School (grades 6-8)

Sponsored by Bridgeville and Scott Public Libraries

Make the team with four or five of your friends and choose a team name.

Train by reading books from the list provided, planning a strategy, and designing shirts or costumes if you want.

Compete against other teams from your school.

Win a trophy or certificate for participating.

Adult team members may register teams at the Bridgeville Public Library by February 28, 2019.
Group reading lists will be distributed upon registration.

What is Battle of the Books?
The Battle of the Books is a program designed to encourage reading and give recognition to those who like to read. All team members read from the same list of selected books. They then compete with other teams by answering questions based on the books.
What does a team manager do?
The adult team manager may be a parent, relative, or anyone over the age of 18 who will serve as a liaison between the team and the libraries. The team manager is responsible for filling out the registration form, keeping the team members motivated, arranging meetings with their team (if desired) and ensuring that all the team members arrive at the Battle by 15 minutes before start time. Team managers also assist during the Battle.
Who may participate?
Students from Chartiers Valley Intermediate or Middle School (grades 4-8) may compete. Participants must organize their own teams of four or five students and submit a registration form to Scott or Bridgeville Public Library.

Each team must have an adult manager.

What is the procedure for the battle?
The Battle will be held Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm (Chartiers Valley Intermediate School) or 1:00 pm (Chartiers Valley Middle School). Team members must arrive by 15 minutes prior to start time. They can be dressed alike if they choose. There are two rounds. Each round will consist of 10 questions…there is one question per book (tie breaker questions will be used only if necessary). The moderator will read a question. The team will have 30 seconds to decide and write an answer. The answer to each question will be a book title and the author’s last name.

Each question is worth a possible 5 points:

  • 4 points for a correct book title
  • 1 point for the correct author’s last name.

Answers must be spelled correctly to receive points.

Questions? Call or E-Mail!Stack of Books

Karen Verduci
Bridgeville Public Library

Reading List Grades 4 & 5Reading List Grades 6, 7 & 8

Battle Of the Books – 2019
Reading List
Grades 4 & 5
*The way this book must be written for “The Battle”

  1. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Pub. 2012 – 320 pages
    Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish and then joins a dragon on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of discovering how to change her family’s fortune.
    * Where the Mountain – Lin
  2. Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson. Pub. 2018 – 352 pages
    While waiting to leave Mars before it burns up just as Earth did, Liam and his friend Phoebe discover some facts about time and space and realize that the human race is just one of the races trying to survive in space.
    * Last Day on Mars – Emerson
  3. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. Pub. 2016 — pages 288
    Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there. Her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island’s hostile inhabitants.
    * Wild Robot – Brown
  4. Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey. Pub. 2015 — pages 96
    This biography for children traces Goodall’s life. Each chapter also focuses on two or more of the chimpanzees that she observed, with information in sidebars about these particular animals.
    * Untamed – Silvey
  5. Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm. Pub. 2018 — pages 224
    Ten-year-old Beans Curry, a member of the Keepsies, the best marble playing gang in Depression-era Key West, Florida, engages in various schemes to earn money while New Dealers from Washington, DC, arrive to turn run-down Key West into a tourist resort.
    * Full of Beans – Holm
  6. Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke. Pub. 2016 — pages 208
    Summer is when Jack’s single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home with his autistic kid sister, Maddy. After trading for some seeds at a flea market, what starts as a normal little garden quickly grows into a wild, magical jungle.
    * Mighty Jack – Hatke
  7. The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich. Pub. 2002 — pages 244
    Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.
    * Birchbark House – Erdrich
  8. Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick. Pub. 2015 — pages 368
    Twelve-year-old Truly Lovejoy’s family moves to a small town to take over a bookstore. Soon, she has to solve two mysteries involving a missing book and an undelivered letter.
    * Absolutely Truly – Frederick
  9. The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors. Pub. 2013 — pages 240
    Spending the summer in his grandfather’s rundown town, ten-year-old Ben meets an adventurous local girl and together they learn that the town’s veterinarian runs a secret hospital for imaginary creatures.
    * Sasquatch Escape – Selfors
  10. The Night Garden by Polly Horvath. Pub. 2017 — pages 304
    It is spring 1945, and 12-year-old Franny’s quiet existence on a Vancouver Island farm is interrupted by a series of unsettling events. Does her father’s mysterious wish-granting garden hold the key to getting everyone out of trouble?
    * Night Garden – Horvath

Battle Of the Books – 2019
Reading List
Grades 6, 7 & 8
*The way this book must be written for “The Battle”

  1. Ghost  by Jason Reynolds. Pub. 2016 — 192 pages
    Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle-school track team, but his past is slowing him down.
    * Ghost – Reynolds
  2. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier. Pub. 2014 — 368 pages
    Irish orphans Molly, age fourteen, and Kip, age ten, travel to England to work as servants in an old manor house, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.
    * Night Gardener – Auxier
  3. Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk. Pub. 2018 — 320 pages
    Twelve-year-old orphan Crow embarks on a journey to discover who her parents were and why they abandoned her as an infant.
    * Bright Sea – Wolk
  4. The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry. Pub. 2015 — 224 pages
    Attending a class trip in Washington, D.C., Wyatt and his friends encounter a group of mysterious men and find themselves dodging their long-suffering teachers to stop what may be a plot against the president.
    * Worst Class – Barry
  5. Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. Pub. 2017 — 320 pages
    The lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully’s prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.
    * Hello, Universe – Kelly