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Battle 1 Recap

Something to consider for next Battle: Remember to take your best guess if you do not know an answer. Since there is no penalty for a wrong answer, a guess is better than bringing up a blank sheet of paper, and who knows, your team might get lucky!

There were a few challenges to questions. These challenges will be reviewed, and the decisions announced at the beginning of Battle 2. If points are to be awarded from the challenges, those points will be added to Battle 2's scores.

We look forward to seeing everyone next week. Remember, next Wednesday during Battle is the first time you can return your order slips to purchase books for the guest author to sign during the Battle Awards Ceremony.

Practice Battle Recap

Congratulations goes out to all the teams for their efforts during Practice Battle. The scores from the Practice Battle do not count towards the running total that determines the overall winner of Battle of the Books; however, we hope the experience of playing in the Practice Battle helps clear up some of the confusion about what will be expected for the official Battles.

As a reminder, all Battle participants should be in their teams' squares by 4pm if they are to play in round 1. If you are late, you may not join your team during round 1. However, take a seat on the sidelines as players may be added or switched out before rounds 2 and 3. In addition, a lot of warnings were issued during Practice Battle. Be cautious of talking between questions in order to avoid the possibility of losing points. Unsportsmanlike conduct can also result in warnings and/or deduction of points, so please no grandstanding or heckling.

Now for the results of everyone's hardwork! Please note: this does not reflect the results of the challenge made during the Speed Round. The results of that challenge will be discussed before the next Battle.

See everyone back on Wednesday for Battle 1!

Don't Let the Penguin Drive the Batmobile by Jacob Lambert

MAD presents Don't Let the Penguin Drive the Batmobile book cover: illustration of the batman villain, Penguin“I WANT TO DRIVE THE BATMOBILE!!!”
 
The arch villain Penguin really wants to drive the Batmobile, but the readers of this book have been entrusted by the Caped Crusader himself to make sure that doesn’t happen. Special pop-ins of various characters (good guys and villains alike) from the Batman universe encourage the reader to stand firm.
 
Like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems, this MAD parody invites readers to interact with the book’s text by going off script and shouting “No!” at the pages. In particular, young superhero fans and Pigeon fans ranging from 2 years old to early elementary schoolers will find a lot here to enjoy especially if their adult reader puts some “whine” into Penguin’s pleading. Go ahead, grab a reading partner, and remember, Batman is counting on you to not let Penguin drive the Batmobile.
 
 
Celeste, Kids World

Pen and Paper Tabletop Adventure Club Recap

Pen and Paper Tabletop Adventure Club recap: photo image of dice, figures, and announcement of the first week's adventureAfter keeping the jungles of Chult safe the heroes used the treasure they earned to open up a Bed and Breakfast called the D&D B&B. Wanting to expand their business empire they set their eyes on the city of Water Deep to open up a 2nd location. News quickly spread and soon the adventures were thrown into a new treasure hunt. Someone named Volo left a mysterious note with clues leading to riches and dangers.

After some negotiation the team decided how to build the Bed and Breakfast. No frills or fanciness was added however they spared no expense when it came to security. After several bank loans the bed and breakfast hired a S.W.A.T team to keep the building safe while they went on adventures.

Being new to Water Deep the locals wanted to say hello to the D&D B&B crew.  The criminals in Xanathar’s gang first stopped by after hearing there was lots of gold soon to be found. They offered the heroes help to find the treasure if they split it 50/50 with them. If they refused something “bad” might happen to their Bed and Breakfast.  The city guard stopped by later and offered a similar deal. The city guard warned the team that some surprise bills might come their way if they don’t share the treasure.

After weighing both options the Bed and Breakfast team originally decided to team up with the city guard. However after sneaking into the Xanathar’s underground hideout they made friends with some of the goblins. They even proved how strong they are to Xanathar by taking out his body guards. Now the heroes are teamed up with both sides without the other knowing.

Volo’s letter is leading them to somewhere with spiders next. Hopefully the team can keep themselves and the Bed and Breakfast safe.

Pen and Paper Tabletop Adventure Club is a group of interactive game players composed of kids ranging from 5th to 8th grade. The group will next meet Saturday, January 19th at 2pm. Registration is required to play. 

A Battle Review

Use the clues to unscramble the words below.

Some helpful tips for the puzzle

  • the "A"'s will increase or decrease the size of the text
  • the "window" will open the puzzle in its own window
  • be aware of any spaces in the answer portion- it designates multiple words
  • the "key" will fill in all of the answers- but give it a try yourself first!

Have fun!

 

Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages

Out of Left Field Book Cover: Illusration of a girl on a picther's mound"Girls in this family don't go down without a fight."

Katy Gordon loves one thing more than anything in the whole wide world...baseball. A chance encounter with a Little League scout lands her a spot on a team but all too soon her dreams come crashing down around her when she is kicked off of the team for being a girl. With grit and determination Katy embarks on a long road to prove to Little League that girls can play baseball too. It's 1957, space exploration is starting, the civil rights movement is growing, with all of this change shouldn't Little League let girls play baseball?

Find Out of Left Field in the Library

Tiffany, Kids World

What Have You Been Reading?

Step Up to the Plate: Have You read the Battle Books Yet? grade 4, 6 books, grade 5, 7 books, grade 6, 8 books

Only six more weeks until the first battle!

Be sure to pick up a copy of the battle books you want to read soon! Don't see the book you want to read on the shelf? Place a hold on your preferred books, and you will be contacted as soon as they come in for you. While you wait, give another battle book a try. There are a lot of good ones on the Battle List this year.

All That Trash by Meghan McCarthy

All that trash book cover: features an illustration of a large pile of garbage"Wherever this stuff goes, it's going to be somebody else's problem."

1987, the year of trash, specifically New York's trash. New York's landfills were at their limit, so Lowell Harrelson, the owner of the National Waste Contractors in Alabama offered a solution. 3,186 tons of trash was loaded on to the Mobro 4000 barge and tugged all the way to North Carolina. North Carolina wanted nothing to do with the massive amount of garbage so there the barge lingered, going in circles in the Gulf of Mexico. But no one wanted the trash! What were they to do with it all? Burry it and build an island? Contaminate the ocean? This non-fiction picture book nicely summarizes an unique event in the 80s. It can be a fun independent read for those in 2nd-4th grade who are interested in historical events, or even used as a tale of caution and bring to attention how much trash humans produce.

Find All That Trash in the Library

Gilly, Kids World

The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal by Nick Seluk

The sun is Kind of a Big Deal book cover: illustration of a sun on a red carpet with various planets cheering behind a rope in the background“That’s why [ the sun’s ] been employee of the month for 4.5 billion years and counting.”

It can be hard to explain things that we don’t interact with everyday especially things that happen all the time without us noticing. That bright ball in the sky is Earth’s best friend and does so much to help us. Nick Seluk makes concepts like the changing of seasons, how large our solar system is, and the water cycle accessible for younger readers in K-2nd. This book relates such large concepts to everyday activities and objects with cartoonish visuals that younger readers will be able to relate too.

Find The Sun is King of a Big Deal in the Library

Anna, Kids World

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