Battle of the Books

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Susie Edwards, Coach

What is Battle of the Books?


Battle of the Books program is to encourage reading by all students at the middle school level.  Our students are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints by prominent authors in the area of young adult literature.  The game format creates interest and excitement in reading.   Through the fun and excitement of the competition, students improve reading skills, mature in their choices of reading materials, and acquire a broader knowledge base.  Team practices are conducted daily during enrichment, and the county level competition is held during the school day at Southwest Middle School.  Interested students should see Mrs. Edwards.


How do I get on the team?

 Tryouts will be held in the fall of each school year.  All students, grades sixth through eighth, may compete for a position on the team. Teams may have up to twelve members, but that is not a requirement.  The number selected is at the discretion of the Battle of the Books coach.  Team members will be chosen based on a written test, teacher recommendations, and approval by a team of teachers.  Cooperation and self-motivation will b


 2016-17 OCS Middle School Battle of the Books

Date:  February 27, 2016

Time:  TBD

Location:  Southwest High School



North Carolina School Library Media Association

 2016-2017 Middle School Battle of the Books List




Return to Sender

 Julia Alvarez

The Underneath

 Kathi Appelt

Iron Thunder


Serafina and the Black Cloak

 Robert Beatty

The War that Saved My Life

 Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Gym Candy

 Carl Deuker

Forged by Fire

 Sharon M. Draper

The Ruins of Gorlan

 John Flanagan

The Brooklyn Nine

 Alan Gratz

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

 Phillip Hoose

Red Scarf Girl

 Ji-Li Jiang

Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam

 Cynthia Kadohata


 Gordon Korman

To Kill a Mockingbird

 Harper Lee


 Marie Lu

Greenglass House

 Kate Milford

A Monster Calls

 Patrick Ness

A Night Divided

 Jennifer A. Nielsen


 R. J. Palacio

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

 JK Rowling


 Steve Sheinkin

The Emerald Atlas

 John Stephens

The Land

 Mildred D. Taylor

Three Times Lucky

 Sheila Turnage

The Running Dream

 Wendelin Van Draanen


 Barbara Wright

I Am Malala *

 Malala Yousafzai

   * Young Reader’s edition with Patricia McCormick