Middle school students compete in annual Book Battle

The 14th Annual Area-Wide Middle School Book Battle was held this morning. Teams from Holman, Pattonville Heights and Remington Traditional competed with 21 other schools. The event also featured three different author visits. 

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The Area-Wide Middle School Book Battle gives middle school students the opportunity to meet and discuss current books of interest. The Area-Wide Book Battle Committee creates a list of books that includes a variety of genres and reading levels. The committee develops questions for each book that are formatted so each answer is the title and author of a book on the list. Some of the questions are fairly obvious, while others require a deeper understanding of the book. In addition, trivia rounds and tiebreaker questions require team members to provide details from the books. All questions are kept securely at Remington Traditional School throughout the book battle process and only members of the Area-Wide Book Battle Committee have access to them with Remington Traditional committee members selecting the final questions.

Students are encouraged to create teams to read and discuss the books contained on the list. If necessary, schools may conduct semi-final rounds to select their final team. The top team from each middle school will compete virtually against teams from other districts in the Annual Area-Wide Middle School Book Battle.

The student team members this year from Pattonville were: 

Holman: Addison Gutschenritter, ReeseJackson, Matthew Cutrell, Elisha Dukes, Prina Limbachia

Pattonville Heights: Kaylee Dyer, Sophia Hershberger, Tai Seddens, Rowan Conner, Christi Dyer, Lola Hennrich

Remington Traditional: Audrey Dallape, Bridget Cox, Bridgett Tyarks, Brandon Rutlin, Nadya Herman, Ruth Ayele, Lakshita Raja

Teams began reading and preparing for the competition in October. This year’s list included 20 books: 

  1. "24 Hours in Nowhere" by Dusti Bowling
  2. "Amal Unbound" by Aisha Saeed
  3. "The Blackbird Girls" by Anne Blankman
  4. "The Blackthorn Key" by Kevin Sands
  5. "Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation" by Stuart Gibbs
  6. "Deep Water" by Watt Key
  7. "The Doughnut Fix" by Jessie Janowitz
  8. "Front Desk" by Kelly Yang
  9. "Genesis Begins Again" by Alicia D. Williams
  10. "Ghost Boys" by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  11. "Impostors" by Scott Westerfeld
  12. "Lifeboat 12" by Susan Hood
  13. "The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl" by Stacy McAnulty
  14. "Not If I Save You First" by Ally Carter 
  15. "Nyxia" by Scott Reintgen
  16. "Skyward" by Brandon Sanderson
  17. "Squint" by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown
  18. "Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers" by Celia C. Perez
  19. "What Lane?" by Torrey Maldonado
  20. "When Stars Are Scattered" by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Fifteen-minute virtual author visits from Chad Morris and Shelly Brown, Celia C. Perez, and Alicia D. Williams were held between rounds. 

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