Battle of the Books 4th/5th grades

4th/5th grade Battle of the Books 2019-2020                      Return to READ page

Students may begin reading the following books at any time. EIGHT of the TEN books listed will be chosen for the competition.

(descriptions from Amazon)

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There’s no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again.  Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and he’s imaginary. He has come back into Jackson’s life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything? Realistic fiction

When I Was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton

Olemaun is eight and knows a lot of things. But she does not know how to read. Ignoring her father’s warnings, she travels far from her Arctic home to the outsiders’ school to learn. Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, and complemented by stunning illustrations, When I Was Eight makes the bestselling Fatty Legs accessible to younger readers. Narrative fiction

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. Humorous fiction

Rump: the (Fairly) True Tale of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone’s joke.  When he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Fantasy

Flying Lessons and Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh

Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold short story collection—written by some of the best children’s authors including Kwame Alexander, Meg Medina, Jacqueline Woodson, and many more and published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us. Short stories

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

Clayton feels most alive when he’s with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen—he can’t wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton’s mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues. Realistic fiction

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.  She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? … She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike. Realistic fiction

Science Comics: Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers by MK Reed

Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic. … In Dinosaurs, learn all about the history of paleontology! This fascinating look at dinosaur science covers the last 150 years of dinosaur hunting, and illuminates how our ideas about dinosaurs have changed–and continue to change. Graphic novel non-fiction

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Not so long ago, in a middle school not so far away, a sixth grader named Dwight folded an origami finger puppet of Yoda. For class oddball Dwight, this wasn’t weird. It was typical Dwight behavior. But what is weird is that Origami Yoda is uncannily wise and prescient. Humorous fiction

Diamond Willow by Helen Frost

Twelve-year-old Willow would rather blend in than stick out. But she still wants to be seen for who she is. … Using diamond-shaped poems inspired by forms found in polished diamond willow sticks, Helen Frost tells the moving story of Willow and her family. Hidden messages within each diamond carry the reader further, into feelings Willow doesn’t reveal even to herself. Story in verse. Realistic fiction


How it Works

Teams may have up to 5 students. Students may read as many books as they wish, and will join with others to make a team of experts on all 8 books. In addition to reading and remembering details of the books, the Title and Author must be memorized. Each team will select a single spokesperson for the competition.

Team practice will begin in January 2020. Students who attend a planning meeting in December 2019 will decide the participation guidelines.

At practice students will review the procedures to follow when competing in Battle of the Books. Rules will be explained and reinforced, and practice questions will be used for mock battles leading up to the in-school competition.

The in-school competition will be held in early to mid March 2020. One team will advance to the district competition.

The district-wide competition will be held in late March or early April 2020.

Time & Location To Be Determined.