4th Grade Battle of the Books

The 4th Grade Battle of the Books is coming! On Tuesday, April 5th, 6:00 PM, fourth graders will battle for book knowledge supremacy at the Moon Area Middle School Gym.

Registration

  • Team registration must be completed by February 1, 2022.
  • Teams have 1-5 members.
  • If you can’t find a team or need members for your team, contact Ms. Megan.
  • Registration forms can be turned into your school librarian, Moon Library, or by email.
  • Team managers will receive an information packet upon registration.

Books

Galactic Hot Dogs #1: Cosmoe’s Wiener Getaway

By Max Brallier, Rochael Maguire, and Nichole Kelley

Available as a book, ebook, and digital audiobook.

Summary: Meet Cosmoe, the Earth-Boy. He’s captain of the Neon Weiner, the finest flying food truck in the galaxy. Along with his bud, Big Humphree, he spends his days cruising the cosmos and staying crazy busy

1. Cooking up a Mega-Dog. (Dude, this hot dog is the size of a jeep!)

2. Escaping mutant worm monsters, zombie space pirates, and grumpy robots. (What the butt?!)

3. Playing Super Moon Ninja Death Jab (Turbo Ear Slap! 9,000 points!!)

4. And…PROTECTING THE GALAXY from the Ultimate Evil. (He’s kind of an awesome space guy.)

Ghost Squad

By Claribel A. Ortega

Available as a book, ebook, and digital audiobook.

Summary: For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business. Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely’s firefly spirits before it’s too late. 

Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat #1

By Emily Chenoweth, Johnny Marciano, and Robb Mommaerts

Available as a book.

Summary: Klawde is not your average cat. He’s an emperor from another planet, exiled to Earth. He’s cruel. He’s cunning. He’s brilliant…and he’s about to become Raj Banerjee’s best friend. Whether he likes it or not. 

The Silver Arrow

By Lev Grossman

Available as a book, CD audiobook, ebook, and digital audiobook.

Summary: Kate and her younger brother Tom lead dull, uninteresting lives. And if their dull, uninteresting parents are anything to go by, they don’t have much to look forward to. Why can’t Kate have thrilling adventures and save the world the way people do in books? Even her 11th birthday is shaping up to be mundane — that is, until her mysterious and highly irresponsible Uncle Herbert, whom she’s never even met before, surprises her with the most unexpected, exhilarating, inappropriate birthday present of all time: a colossal steam locomotive called the Silver Arrow.

Slacker #1

By Gordon Korman

Available as a book, CD audiobook, ebook, and digital audiobook.

Summary: Cameron Boxer is very happy to spend his life avoiding homework, hanging out with his friends, and gaming for hours in his basement. It’s not too hard for him to get away with it…until he gets so caught up in one game that he almost lets his house burn down around him. Oops. It’s time for some serious damage control–so Cameron and his friends invent a fake school club that will make it seem like they’re doing good deeds instead of slacking off. The problem? Some kids think the club is real–and Cameron is stuck being president. Soon Cameron is part of a mission to save a beaver named Elvis from certain extinction. Along the way, he makes some new friends–and some powerful new enemies. The guy who never cared about anything is now at the center of everything…and it’s going to take all his slacker skills to win this round.

The Smartest Kid in the Universe #1

By Chris Grabenstein

Available as a book and ebook.

Summary: 12 year old Jake’s middle school is about to be shut down. Jake and his friends know their school’s worth saving-if they could only figure out how! When Jake spies a bowl of jellybeans at the hotel where his mom works, he eats them. But uh-oh-those weren’t just jellybeans, one of the scientists at his mom’s conference is in the process of developing the first ingestible information pills. And THAT’S what Jake ate.

Before long, Jake is the smartest kid in the universe. But the pills haven’t been tested yet. And when word gets out about this new genius, people want him.

Tristan Strong #1: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky

By Kwame Mbalia

Available as a book, CD audiobook, Playaway, ebook, and digital audiobook.

Summary: Seventh-grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he’s going to spend on his grandparents’ farm in Alabama, where he’s being sent to heal from the tragedy. But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up in his bedroom and steals Eddie’s journal. In a last attempt to wrestle the journal out of the creature’s hands, Tristan punches open a chasm into the MidPass and finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left Black American gods John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. In order to get back home, Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding and seal the hole in the sky. Can Tristan save this world before he loses more of the things he loves?

Twins #1

By Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright

Available as a book and ebook.

Summary: Maureen and Francine Carter are twins and best friends. They participate in the same clubs, enjoy the same foods, and are partners on all their school projects. But just before the girls start sixth grade, Francine becomes Fran — a girl who wants to join the chorus, run for class president, and dress in fashionable outfits that set her apart from Maureen. A girl who seems happy to share only two classes with her sister! Maureen and Francine are growing apart and there’s nothing Maureen can do to stop it. Are sisters really forever? Or will middle school change things for good?

Classroom 13 #1: The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13

By Honest Lee and Matthew J. Gilbert

Available as a book, Playaway, and ebook.

Summary: When unlucky teacher Ms. Linda LaCrosse wins the lottery, she shares her winnings with her class–giving each student over a BILLION DOLLARS! You might think this was nice, but it was not. It was a terrible idea! With great money comes horrible allergies, steep taxes, exploding volcanoes, and other problems. As the students of Classroom 13 are about to learn, winning the lottery is not always lucky.

A Whale of the Wild

By Rosanne Partty and Lindsay Moore

Available as a book, Playaway, and ebook.

Summary: For Vega and her family, salmon is life. And Vega is learning to be a salmon finder, preparing for the day when she will be her family’s matriarch. But then she and her brother Deneb are separated from their pod when a devastating earthquake and tsunami render the seascape unrecognizable. Vega must use every skill she has to lead her brother back to their family. The young orcas face a shark attack, hunger, the deep ocean, and polluted waters on their journey. Will Vega become the leader she’s destined to be?

Rules

  • Each team has a Team Manager, who must be an adult at least 18 years old.
  • Books can only be borrowed by team members. Team Managers cannot borrow books.
  • Each team member can only borrow 3 books at a time.
  • The overdue fines for Battle books are $0.25 per day.
  • Teams arrive at Battle at least 15 minutes before it starts.
  • Team Managers act as Scorekeepers for another team.
  • The Battle Moderator will ask each question twice. There are 5 questions and three rounds of questions.
  • Teams have 20 seconds to write down their answers.
  • Up to 5 points are awarded for each answer. All decisions are final.
  • The top three teams will receive prizes.

COVID Protocol

All participants must wear masks over their nose and mouth during the entire Battle of the Books.

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