Battle of the Books Blog

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!

Battle begins in February!

Is Your School Battle Ready? Eisenhower Public Library District's Battle of the Books begins 2.17.2016. See your school's battle coach to sign up: Image geatures a lion, tiger, viking, falcon, mustang horse, and an eagle- the school mascots og Giles, Leigh, St. Eugene, Pennoyer, St. Monica, and Union RidgeHave you joined your school's team?

Stop by the Library and pick up a copy of one of the Battle books. Remember, the more you read, the better chance your team has of winning.

Which school will take the top trophy this year?

We can't wait to find out!

Battle Schedule

The finalized dates for the 2015-2016 Battle Season are as follows:

  •     Practice Battle: February 17th, 4:00pm
  •     Battle 1: February 24th, 4:00pm
  •     Battle 2: March 2nd, 4:00pm
  •     Battle 3: March 9th, 4:00pm
  •     Battle 4: March 16th, 4:00pm
  •     Battle 5: March 23rd, 4:00pm
  •     Battle Awards Ceremony: April 6th, 4:00pm

Please keep in mind, these dates only reflect the Battle of the Books events held here at the Library. Your school team may meet throughout the year at your school. See your Battle Coach for those dates.

Results of the Kids' Votes

Your votes have been tallied and counted.

Thank you to everyone for submiting such great ideas. However, only one lucky book gets to be named as the Kids' Pick. The book to get the most votes is Pet War by Allan Woodrow.

Your vote for the returning titles have also been counted. The books to come back for a second round are: The Bully Book by Gale, The BFG by Dahl, Hoot by Hiaasen, and Counting by 7s by Sloan.

We are still receiving each school's submissions. We are doing our best to have the complete Battle of the Books reading list will be out in time for summer reading.


You Came. He Talked. You Ate Pizza.

Photograph of Allan Woodrow as he speaks about his book Pet WarsWe hope everyone had a great time at the Battle Ceremony.

A special thanks goes to our guest speaker Allan Woodrow for coming to share his experiences as a writer.

This officially concludes this year's Battle Season.

We are starting to prep for next year. Hopefully, the new Battle of the Book list will be out in time for summer reading. (We are crossing our fingers for luck.) Check back soon.

A Giant thanks to all the participants, parents, and coaches for a really great year!

Battle 5: Final Scores

Battle 5 Scores: Pennoyer-66/301 , St Monica Blue-63/296 , St Monica White-66/279 , Union Ridge-61/260 , St Eugene-66/246 , Leigh-51/232 , Giles-38/187Pennoyer has won Battle of the Books for the third year in a row with only a five point lead over St. Monica Blue. Third place goes to St. Monica White.

This was an especially close battle. Congratulations goes to all of the teams and coaches for their hard work.

Promptly at 4:00pm next Wednesday, our Battle Ceremony will begin. Trophies will be handed out and author, Alan Woodrow, will speak about being a published writer. Afterwards, we'll dine on pizza while Alan Woodrow signs books or your Battle Certificate of Participation.

The voting ballots for the Kids Choice book are in and being tallied. Remember, each school gets to choose two books for next year's battle season. Be sure to talk to your coach about the kind of books you'd like to read. Your opinion matters!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Battle Ceremony. Again, congratulations to all of our teams, and thank you for a great battle season.

Battle 4 Recap

Battle 4 scores: Pennoyer-67/235 ; St Monica Blue-55/233 ; St Monica White-58/213 ; Union Ridge-64/199 ; Leigh-42/199 ; St Eugene-45/180 ; Giles-48/149One point was awarded to every team for a sucessful challenge of a questions from Battle 3. No additional points were awarded from the other challenges that were issued.

Congratulations to the Battle teams for a great battle. The scores are very close, and next week will decide it all!

Next week is the fifth and final battle. As it is the last battle, no challenges will be allowed. Rest assured, the questions (and answers) will be looked at very closely to ensure they are correct and fair.

If you have not yet voted for the Kids Choice book for next year's Battle of the Books season, please pick up a voting ballot at the Kids Desk.

On March 25th, we will host the Battle Award Ceremony. Our special guest speaker will be author Allan Woodrow. He will autograph books, or, if you prefer, your certificate. Your Battle Coaches will have all the details if you would like to purchase a book at the ceremony.

See you next week!

Battle 3 Recap

Battle Scores: St Monica Blue-64/178t ; Pennoyer-52/168t ; St Monica White 58/155t ; Leigh 57/139t ; St Eugene 48/135t ; Union Ridge 50/135t ; Giles 41/101tDuring the third battle, four points were awarded (one point to four teams) for a successful challenge to one of the questions from Battle 2.

After Battle 3, the leader board did some moving. Congratulations to all of the battle teams for their efforts.

As always, the challenges made during the third battle will be addressed in the beginning of the next battle.

We'd like to remind everyone to please exercise caution while executing drop-offs and pick-ups in the parking lot. We understand finding parking can be difficult, but please pull vehicles all the way into the parking lot, and away from the driveway. We'd like all of our battle participants to be safe.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week as the Battle continues!

Battle 2 Recap

Battle 2 scores: Pennoyer-60(116 total); St Monica Blue 62(114 total); St Monica White 56(97 total); St Eugene 47(87 total); Union Ridge 39(85 total); Leigh 52 (82 total); Giles 27(60 total)Congratulations to the teams for their work during this week's Battle.

At the start of our second Battle, a total of three points were awarded for the challenges made during the first Battle. Those points are included in the scores depicted for Battle 2. Remember when a challenge is made, the answers from all teams are reassessed, not just the team that issued the challenged. All answers are then reviewed as in conjunction with the relevant passages from the book to determine whether additional points will be rewarded and to which teams.

Any additional points rewarded from the challenges made during Battle 2 will be given out at the start of Battle 3.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week!