BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

Battle of the Books (BOTB) is a regional competition in which students work in teams of 2-4 people to read and study a set of 8-10 novels over the course of several months. There is a set of 10 books for students in 5th and 6th grades, and a separate set of 8 books for 7th and 8th-grade students. In order to prepare for the competitions, students meet regularly to answer practice trivia questions. Once students have mastered their set of books, they participate in building and regional competitions. During the 2019-2020 school year, it was the largest club in the middle school, with over 60 members.

Teenage Students Raising Hands

GET INVOLVED

In order to get involved in Battle of the Books, students can either form their own teams of 2-4 people, or they can be placed on a team by Ms. Regitano. The first 40 students to sign up in each division are accepted. To sign up, each student must fill out the form and submit a signed parent/guardian permission slip before 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 25, 2020. Any students who join at a later date should expect to read any books that they missed. Interested staff should contact Ms. Regitano via email at jregitano@chittenangoschools.org.

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5/6 TECHNICAL MEETING
SCHEDULE WITH BOOKLISTS

First Mondays of the Month

Team Day

On Team Day, you are matched with your team and coach.

MONDAY 10/1

Meeting 1

MONDAY 11/2

At this meeting, we will discuss: 

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

Greta's Story by Camerini Valentina

Meeting 2

MONDAY 12/7

At this meeting, we will discuss:

Guts by Raina Telgemeir

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Meeting 3

MONDAY 2/1

At this meeting, we will discuss:

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Who was Alexander Hamilton? by Pam Pollack & Meg Belviso

Meeting 4

MONDAY 3/1

At this meeting, we will discuss:

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

My Life as a Meme by Janet Tashjian

Practice Battle

MONDAY 3/15

At this practice battle, participants will become familiar with the battle format to be used during our building battle.

Building Battle

MONDAY 3/29

The building battle will take place in the cafeteria. The team that wins the building battle will advance to the regional battle.

 

7/8 TECHNICAL MEETING
SCHEDULE WITH BOOKLISTS

Third Thursday of the Month

MONDAY 10/1

Team Day

On Team Day, you are matched with your team and coach.

THURSDAY 11/19

Meeting 1

At this meeting, we will discuss: 

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Rebound by Kwame Alexander

THURSDAY 12/17

Meeting 2

Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

THURSDAY 1/21

Meeting 3

Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August 

Pashmina by Nadhi Chanani

THURSDAY 2/18

Meeting 4

Blended by Sharon Draper

Who Was Nikola Tesla? By Jim Gigliotti 

THURSDAY 3/18

Practice Battle

At this practice battle, participants will become familiar with the battle format to be used during our building battle.

THURSDAY 4/1

Building Battle

The building battle will take place in the cafeteria. The team that wins the building battle will advance to the regional battle.

 

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS FIELD TRIPS

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS REGIONAL BATTLE

April 2021

Each year, the teams from each division that win the building battles are able to move on to the regional battle to compete against other districts. Look for more details in March 2021.

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TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL

May 2021

The Teen Book Festival, hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology, is a free event where students have the opportunity to meet some of their favorite authors in person and listen to them discuss their books and writing processes.  This field trip is open first to Battle of the Books members and Library Advisory Board members, and then to other members of the student body. Look for more details in April 2021.

FAYETTEVILLE FREE LIBRARY FIELD TRIP

June 2021

Each year, the Battle of the Books members celebrate their dedication to the program with a trip to a different area library. This year, we'll be going to the Fayetteville Free Library. Look for more details in May 2021.

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