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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!

Final Scores from Battle 5

Battle of the Books 2015-2016 Final Scores: Union Ridge-325, St Monica Blue-315, St Eugene-302, St Monica White-300, Pennoyer-266. Giles-209, Leigh-208Congratulations to all of the teams for a great Battle season!

There was quite a bit of movement in the leaderboard these last two battles. Many of the scores were quite close. Each team should feel proud of their efforts.

Union Ridge comes in first place with St. Monica Blue finishing in second and St. Eugene in third. 

We look forward to seeing all of the teams at the Battle Award Ceremony on Wednesday, April 6th starting at 4:00pm. Trophies will be awarded during the Battle Award Ceremony for these top three ranking teams, while the players on every team will receive a Certificate of Participation.

We are pleased to welcome author, Chris Rylander, as our guest speaker at the Ceremony. All submissions of pre-orders for books were due yesterday; however, a limited quantity will be available for purchase on the day of the program.

We hope to see you there!

Battle 3 Recap

Battle Scores after battle 3: Union Ridge-214, St Monica White-193, St Eugene-181, St Monica Blue-180, Pennoyer-171, Leigh-141, Giles-123At this midpoint in the Battle Competition, there has been some movement in the leaderboards. Keep up the great work!

A few points were given out for a sucessful challenge from Battle 2. These points were added to the scores of Battle 3. Congratulations goes out to those teams.

Quite a few challenges were made in Battle 3. These are currently being evaluated. If points are awarded, they will be given out at the start of Battle 4.

Remember, for those wishing to pre-order books for the Award Ceremony Author Signing, please turn in the order form and payment before Battle 4 or during the break.

See everyone next week!

Battle 2 Recap

New overall totals scores after battle 2: Union Ridge-137, St. Monica White-124, St. Eugene-123, St. Monica Blue-115, Pennoyer-105, Giles-99, Leigh-97Congratulations go to the teams for a well played Battle 2. Overall, scores remain very close, which will make the next few Battles quite exciting. Be sure to look over any books your team might be struggling to answer questions for so that you don't miss out on the opportunities for more points.

No points were given for challenges made in Battle 1. Challenges to questions made in Battle 2 are being evaluated. If points are awarded, they will be added to Battle 3's scores.

A word of caution: warning eggs were given out last week. With the scores remaining very tight, do not run the risk of losing points. Make sure your team volume remains at Battle level, and each teammate exhibits sportsmanlike conduct not only to other teams, but with your fellow team members as well.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week!

Battle 1 Recap

Battle 1 scores: Union Ridge-68, St. Eugene-61, St. Monica White-58, St. Monica Blue-51, Giles-50, Pennoyer-43, Leigh-40We are off to a very promising start. with only 28 points between the first an last place team, all team's have the potential to take first place. Congratulations to all battle players.

The scores from Battle 1 will be added to the scores from the upcoming Battles. It is the highest overall total from all five battles that will take back to their school the first place trophy.

There were 4 challenges made in round 2 of Battle 1. The questions and answers will be looked at closely. Any additional points awarded will be added to the Battle 2 scores.

See you next week!

Practice Battle Scores

Practice Battle Scores: St. Monica Blue-39; Pennoyer-37; Union Ridge-35; St. Eugene-34; Giles-29; St. Monica White-26; Leigh-18Congratulations to all the teams for a well done Practice Battle. St. Monica Blue took the lead but was followed very closely by the rest of the teams.

As you know, these points don't matter, and next week the slate will be wiped clean. From then on, each week the scores will add together and winning team after Battle 5 will have the highest overall score.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week!

Ready or Not, Here We Go!

Cartoon of sword stuck in pile of books with a clock behind showing 4:00pmPractice Battle begins today. When arriving, please go upstairs to the meeting room. Each school will have a designated square taped off on the floor. All team members should report to their team's square by 4:00pm.

We are looking forward to having a great battle season!

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