5th Grade Battle of the Books

The 5th Grade Battle of the Books is coming! On Wednesday, April 6 at 6:00 PM, fifth 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

Supernatural Investigations #1: Amari and the Night Brothers

By B. B. Alson

Available as a book, ebook, and digital audiobook.

Summary: Quinton Peters was the golden boy of the Rosewood low-income housing projects, receiving full scholarship offers to two different Ivy League schools. When he mysteriously goes missing, his little sister, 13-year-old Amari Peters, can’t understand why it’s not a bigger deal. Then Amari discovers a ticking briefcase in her brother’s old closet. A briefcase meant for her eyes only. There was far more to Quinton, it seems, than she ever knew. He’s left her a nomination for a summer tryout at the secretive Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Amari must compete against some of the nation’s wealthiest kids—who’ve known about the supernatural world their whole lives. With an evil magician threatening the whole supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she is an enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t pass the three tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton.

American as Paneer Pie

By Supriya Kelkar

Available as a book and ebook.

Summary: As the only Indian American kid in her small town, Lekha Divekar feels like she has two versions of herself: Home Lekha, who loves watching Bollywood movies and eating Indian food, and School Lekha, who pins her hair over her bindi birthmark and avoids confrontation at all costs, especially when someone teases her for being Indian. When a girl Lekha’s age moves in across the street, Lekha is excited to hear that her name is Avantika and she’s Desi, too! To Lekha’s surprise, Avantika does not feel the same way as Lekha about having two separate lives or about the bullying at school. Avantika doesn’t take the bullying quietly. When a racist incident rocks Lekha’s community, Lekha realizes she must make a choice: continue to remain silent or find her voice before it’s too late. 

Clean Getaway

By Nic Stone

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

Summary:

How to Go on an Unplanned Road Trip with Your Grandma:
* Grab a Suitcase: Prepacked from the big spring break trip that got CANCELLED.
* Fasten Your Seatbelt: G’ma’s never conventional, so this trip won’t be either.
* Use the Green Book: G’ma’s most treasured possession. It holds history, memories, and, most important, the way home.

What Not to Bring:
* A Cell Phone: Avoid contact with Dad at all costs. Even when G’ma starts acting stranger than usual.

 

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.

The Curse of the Werepenguin

By Allan Woodrow

Available as a book and ebook.

Summary: All orphan Bolt Wattle has ever wanted was to find his true family. When a mysterious baron in far-off Brugaria sends for Bolt, he wonders if he’s getting closer to finding his long-lost parents. But Baron Chordata appears to be a twelve-year-old boy who wears tuxedos all the time, shouts at everyone, and forbids Bolt from asking questions. Things couldn’t get any worse…until midnight, when the Baron bites Bolt and turns him into a half boy, half penguin. 

Fly on the Wall

By Remy Lai

Available as a book and Playaway.

Summary: Henry Khoo’s family treats him like a baby. He’s not allowed to go anywhere without his sister/chaperone/bodyguard. His (former) best friend knows to expect his family’s mafia-style interrogation when Henry’s actually allowed to hang out at her house. And he definitely CAN’T take a journey halfway around the world all by himself! But that’s exactly his plan. After his family’s annual trip to visit his father in Singapore is cancelled, Henry decides he doesn’t want to be cooped up at home with his overprotective family and BFF turned NRFF (Not Really Friend Forever). Plus, he’s hiding a your-life-is-over-if-you’re-caught secret: he’s the creator of an anonymous gossip cartoon, and he’s on the verge of getting caught. Determined to prove his independence and avoid punishment for his crimes, Henry embarks on the greatest adventure ever, hoping it won’t turn into the greatest disaster ever.

I Can Make This Promise

By Christine Day

Available as a book, large print book, Playaway, ebook, and digital audiobook.

Summary: All her life, Edie has known that her mom was adopted by a white couple. So, no matter how curious she might be about her Native American heritage, Edie is sure her family doesn’t have any answers. Until the day when she and her friends discover a box hidden in the attic—a box full of letters signed “Love, Edith,” and photos of a woman who looks just like her. Suddenly, Edie has a flurry of new questions about this woman who shares her name. Could she belong to the Native family that Edie never knew about? But if her mom and dad have kept this secret from her all her life, how can she trust them to tell her the truth now?

Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries #1: Premeditated Myrtle

By Elizabeth C.Bunce

Available as a book.

Summary: Twelve-year-old Myrtle Hardcastle has a passion for justice and a Highly Unconventional obsession with criminal science. Armed with her father’s law books and her mum’s microscope, Myrtle studies toxicology, keeps abreast of the latest developments in crime scene analysis, and Observes her neighbors in the quiet village of Swinburne, England. When her next-door neighbor, a wealthy spinster and eccentric breeder of rare flowers, dies under Mysterious Circumstances, Myrtle seizes her chance. With her unflappable governess, Miss Ada Judson, by her side, Myrtle takes it upon herself to prove Miss Wodehouse was murdered and find the killer, even if nobody else believes her — not even her father, the town prosecutor.

Race to the Sun

By Rebecca Roanhorse

Available as a book, ebook, and digital audiobook.

Summary: Lately, seventh grader Nizhoni Begay has been able to detect monsters, like that man in the fancy suit who was in the bleachers at her basketball game. Turns out he’s Mr. Charles, her dad’s new boss at the oil and gas company, and he’s alarmingly interested in Nizhoni and her brother, Mac, their Navajo heritage, and the legend of the Hero Twins. When Dad disappears the next day, leaving behind a message that says “Run!”, the siblings and Nizhoni’s best friend, Davery, are thrust into a rescue mission that can only be accomplished with the help of Diné Holy People, all disguised as quirky characters. Their aid will come at a price: the kids must pass a series of trials in which it seems like nature itself is out to kill them.

Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You

By Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi, Rachelle Baker, and Sonja Cherry-Paul

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

Summary: Adapted from the groundbreaking bestseller Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, this book takes readers on a journey from present to past and back again. Kids will discover where racist ideas came from, identify how they impact America today, and meet those who have fought racism with antiracism. Along the way, they’ll learn how to identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their own lives. 

Emmie & Friends #5: Truly Tyler

By Terri Libenson

Available as a book, ebook, and digital audiobook.

Summary: Ever since Tyler started getting into art and hanging out with Emmie, his friends and teammates have been giving him a hard time. He wonders why can’t he nerd out on drawing and play ball? Emmie is psyched that she gets to work on a comics project with her crush, Tyler. But she gets the feeling that his friends don’t think she’s cool enough. Maybe it’s time for a total reinvention.

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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