Battle of the Books Blog

Remember Your Purchase Forms!

Ami Polonsky author photo with her two book covers: Gracefully Grayson and ThreadsWednesday is the last day to pre-order one of Amy Polonsky's books for the Battle Award Ceremony. Please turn in a check made out to Eisenhower Public Library District along with your Purchase Form to one of the Library staff before Battle commences or during the break between Round 1 and Round 2.

Additional Purchase Forms will be available by the door to the meeting room.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

Battle 3 Recap

Battel Scores: Union Rdige- 72/192; Giles 74/191; St Eugene 62/177; St Monica WHite 57/171; St Monica Blue 69/167; Leigh 56/158 ; Pennoyer 76/153Congratulations goes to all the Battle participants for their effort on Wednesday.

Just a few reminders, Battle begins promptly at 4:00pm. If you intend to play in Round 1, make sure you are sitting in your team's square at that time.

Next week is the last week to purchase books before the Awards Ceremony. Turn in your Pre-order Purchase form and a check before Battle 4 begins or during the break.

See everyone next week!

Battle 2 Recap

Battle 2 scores: Union Ridge 62/120; Giles 63/117; St Eugene 64/115; st Monica White 62/114; Leigh 53/102;  St Monica Blue 42/98; Pennoyer 42/77Congratulations for a fine second battle.

Please note the scores posted here, do NOT reflect any potential points that may be awarded if any of the challenges issued is proved valid. The challenges will be evaluated over the course of the week. If additional points are awarded, those points will be given out before Battle 3 Round 1 commences and added to that week's scores.

Remember, if you intend to purchase a copy of one of the Guest Speaker's books, please present a payment check with the Purchase Order form before Battle 3 or 4 commences or during one of the breaks.  March 1st (Battle 4) is the deadline for all pre-orders.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week.

Battle 1 Recap

Battle 1 scores: Union Ridge-58; St Monica Blue-56; Giles-54; St Eugene-51; Leigh-49; Pennoyer-35Congratulations to all the teams for their fine efforts yesterday.

There was been quite a shift in the scoreboard comparing to the Practice Battle. Clearly, the teams this year are very strong. We look forward to seeing what happens next week!

Good luck to everyone.

One More Chance for Review

Before the first Battle, where scores will count, see if you can complete this crossword puzzle. The goal is to come up with the characters' names.

Hints:

  1. Click on the first tile in a title to start typing.
  2. If you typed a name correctly, the tiles will change into a pinkish/peachy color.
  3. The "A"s at the top will control the font size.
  4. The window image will make the puzzle full screen.
  5. The key image will provide the solution for the entire puzzle.
  6. Knowing the characters is the start of a great review. But, the next question you need to ask yourself, is why are these characters important to the story.
  7. Have fun!

Ready to try? Click on the read more link to play.

Practice Battle Recap

Practice Battle Scores: Giles-22; Pennoyer-21; St Eugene-20; Leigh-20; St Monica Blue-16; St Monica WHite-16; Union Ridge-15

Congratulations to the teams for an excellent practice round!

Giles took first place with Pennoyer in second. St. Eugene and Leigh ended up in a tie for third place.  Now, a word of caution: two of the teams in these upper ranks had warning eggs. If that warning had become a negative point, they would have lost their placement. Be aware of your teams' vocal volume and behavior. You do not want to lose your ranking for something that can be easily avoided.

Battle 1 will officially start next week. The scores from Practice Battle do not carry over, so this is a perfect opportunity to start fresh, as all teams will be even again. Remember, each book will covered in every battle, so make sure all books have been read and the experts are in the team square by 4:00pm.

If there are any questions on the rules of Battle of the Books or to declare a food allergy, please contact Kids World.

Good luck to all the school teams!

Practice Battle Today

clipat image of a sword through booksWe are so excited to officially open the Battle of the Books for the 2016-2017 Season!

Practice Battle will be held in the Library. Please try to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early. We will begin promptly at 4:00pm.

Please go to the 2nd floor.

We look forward to seeing everyone.

Battle Books Review

See if you can figure out which Battle Books these sets of characters come from.

Hints:

  1. If the book title begins with the word "The," skip over to the next word. For example, The Giver would simply be Giver.
  2. There are no spaces between words in the cross search. For example, The Secret Hum of a Daisy would be SecretHumOfADaisy.
  3. Click on the first tile in a title to start typing.
  4. If you typed a title correctly, the tiles will change into a pinkish/peachy color.
  5. The "A"s at the top will control the font size.
  6. The window image will make the puzzle full screen.
  7. The key image will provide the solution for the entire puzzle.
  8. Knowing which characters come from which book is the start of a great review. But, the next question you need to ask yourself, is why are these characters important to the story.
  9. Have fun!

Ready to try? Click on the read more link to play.

Now a Complete Book List!

The last two remaining battle books have arrived at Eisenhower Library and are ready to be checked out. (All of the schools were also delivered their copies of the books. See your Battle Coach for further details.)

The newly added books complete the list of 20 titles that Battle participants will be quized on in order to earn points for their school's team.

Ugly by Hoge is an autobiography. It tells the story of a boy coming to terms with his physical deformity. Fans of Palacio's Wonder should find this exceptionally appealling.

Fog Diver by Ross is a steam punk, science fiction, adventure story. In the furture the Earth is covered by a deadly white mist leaving only mountain peaks. In this world, Chess and his friends sail above the fog in a broken down ship, but now they are racing against time to save one of their own.

Happy Reading!

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