Battle of the Books Blog

Battle 3 Recap

Battle 3 scores: Pennoyer 59 overall185; St. Monica Blue 55 overall 166; Giles Purple 48 overall 144; Giles Green 61 overall 135; Leigh 48 overall 135; St. Eugene 47 overall 135; St. Monica White 41 overall 125; Union Ridge 38 overall 125Thank you to all participants (and their families) for your patience during Battle. Additional measures are being put into place to ensure that Battle will be let out on time in the upcoming. Please assist our efforts by keeping the discussion to a minimum between Battle Questions.

Any additional points from the challenges will be awarded during the next Battle.

Congratulations to the teams for their efforts during Battle. While the top three teams have maintained their placement, the rest of the running board has changed considerably. A lot of teams are tied for placement. Everyone's efforts are really showing.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week.

Battle 2 Overview

Battle 2 Scores: Pennoyer 53/overall total 126; St. Monica Blue 46/overall total 111; Giles Purple 42/overall total 96; St. Eugene 48/overall total 88; Leigh 30/overall total 87; Union Ridge 43/overall total 87; St. Monica White 47/overall total 84; Giles Green 36/overall total 74


Nice job Battle teams!

While Pennoyer and St Monica Blue teams have retained their first and second placement from the first Battle, Giles Purple has taken over third place. Many of the teams have used Battle 2 to narrow the gap between themselves and other teams.


Quick recap:

  • No points were awarded for challenges to Battle 1 questions. Make sure before you answer a question you listen or read it entirely. Hints are often given to help narrow your focus and may point to a specific point in the book.
  • Please remember to speak softy in your teams lest you give away your answer to another team.
  • Regarding the snack break: Snacks are only guaranteed for the Battle participants. However, audience members who have stayed in the Battle room, are welcome to any plates that might be leftover. In addition, Battle participants with specific dietary needs may see one of the Library's staff for an alternate snack choice.

Thanks for another great Battle! We look forward to seeing each team next week.

The First Battle's Scores

Congratulations to all Battle participants for their strong efforts in the first Battle.

The current standings are as follows:

Battle 1 scores: Pennoyer 73; St. Monica Blue 65; Leigh 57; Giles Purple 54; Union Ridge 44; St. Eugene 40; Giles Green 38; St. Monica White 37You can view pictures of the Battle's score boards on the Library's facebook page.

The challenges are currently being reivewed. If any points are rewarded, they will be given out the next Battle.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week.

Practice Battle Recap

Practice Battle scores do not count towards your overall battle score. Leigh 30; St. Monica Blue 27; Giles Purple 23; Pennoyer 22; Union Ridge 20; St. Eugene 17; St. Monica White 15; Giles Green 11A big thank you to all participants who made the Practice Battle so much fun.

We hope we answered any questions you might have had about Battle of the Books. If not, please stop in and see us during your next visit. We'll be happy to clarify any concerns you might have.

Congratulations to all the teams for their solid practice scores. Unfortunately, your totals from this past week do not count for your overall Battle Score.

The challenges will be addressed before the next Battle commences.

A quick recap of important things to remember.

  • You need to be in your team square when Battle commences. Only during a break between rounds may a team member leave or enter.
  • Your coach will have a Time Out sign to use when they would like to talk to their team.
  • You may receive negative points for poor sportsmanship and/or for being loud and unruly. You may not necesarily receive a verbal warning first. You will receive a red circle warning before a point will be taken away. Be careful, because teams are often only one point apart.
  • The number of points the question is worth will indicate how many words/letters you need to use in your answer to get full credit. You can always add more words; except in the case of a multiple choice question.
  • You only get so much time to answer a question. The runner needs to be at the table before the timer goes off.
  • Please remember that a challenge should only be issued when you believe 100 percent that the Librarians are wrong.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week.

Battle Rehearsal

A stack of three thick books with a sword sticking out of the twop of the stack; Reminiscent of "The Sword in the Stone."Ready or not, Battle begins today!

For the unprepared, rest assured. Today's Practice Battle's points do not count towards your official Battle Score. Practice Battle is basically a dress rehearsal. It gives everyone a chance to see how Battle is run and what behavior is expected of each participant. However, that's not to say there the winner of Practice Battle won't get to brag about it for a week.

Battle will begin promptly at 4pm.

10 to 15 minutes before Battle begins, the room will be opened. Please take the elevator up to the 2nd floor's big meeting room. Each team will have a square taped out on the floor. Participants, please sit in the square that has your school's team name in it.

Spectators are welcome to sit in the audience chairs. Please keep an eye out of the chairs marked "RESERVED." They are for the Battle Coaches.

We look forward to seeing everyone on this snowy day!

Unscramble for Review

Here's a last chance to review before Practice Battle on Wednesday.

See if you can unscramble these words taken from It's Raining Cupcakes. Having trouble? Click on the small key button for the solutions.

Of course, unscrambling is only half of the work. How are these words important to the story?

Puzzle Review

Do you have what it takes to complete the entire puzzle?

Fill in the blanks by using the clues listed.The clues from this crossword puzzle come from the following books: Lemonade War, The One and Only Ivan, Hatchet, and Have a Hot Time, Hades.

Good luck!

Can't completely figure it out? Click on the small key button to reveal all of the correct answers.

Wordsearch Review

One week closer to Battle. Try your hand at a Battle Wordsearch

See if you can find the hidden names. When you find a name, click on the first letter and drag the cursor until the entire word is highlighted.

Review Tips: Can you tell what three books these characters come from? How are the characters important to their books?


Make Your Own Word Search

Battle Looms Near

Calendar marking of from 1.14.14 to the first day of battle of the books, 2.5.14There are just a few weeks left before the Practice Battle.

How many books have you read? How well do you remember them?

Battle Tip: Make a chart of the characters of each book you've read. How are they important to the story?


Weclome St. Monica's!

Speech bubble: Glad to have you!St Monica's joins the local schools participating in Battle of the Books.

All teams will converge on Eisenhower Library starting February 5th.

We look forward to seeing all the participants.

Busy reading!