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Battle of the Books

The first EVER FSMS Battle 


What is Battle of the Books:
America's Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program for students in grades 3-12. The purpose is simply to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing with peers.
How Does A Student Participate?
A student participates by reading from the book list provided for that year's America's Battle of the Books. Students may count "books" they have read before. However, they cannot count books that they have only seen on a video or a movie. They must read the book. They should keep a summary so they can review this information before their "Local Battle."
Where Do The Students Get The Books?
School libraries, online sites like Amazon, local library, and book stores will also have them available.
When Do The Students Read The Books?
The school battles will be held usually in March or April of that year. Therefore, students will have plenty of time to read the books during the school year. Reading through the summer is completely optional, but available to students.
What Is The "Battle?"
A typical "Battle" is a full day tournament or game, like the College Bowl, in which students' teams earn points by answering questions about the books on the book list. The day begins with a meeting in the cafeteria, a morning snack and directions for the day. Then they are assigned to a team, given a mascot, and sent to their first round of the "Battle." They play several rounds, each against a different team. At the end of the morning, points are totaled and the two teams with the most points are invited to a "Grand Battle" after lunch, with the other teams as their audience.
Mission Statement & History:
We are a values based organization whose purpose is to nourish the hearts and minds of children with excellent literature. We believe children are a gift from God and should be encouraged and given the opportunity to develop their potential through the discovery of reading.
Our aim is to support students in their love and discovery for reading by introducing them to quality literature, to offer books that build upon historical values and the dignity of life, and to develop friendships between students based upon socialization, competition, and mutual respect.


:: Traditional/Standard 30 Book List 6-8 Grades 2015-16 ::

Author Title
Corbett, Sue 12 Again
Blos, Joan W. A Gathering of Days
Hunt, Irene Across Five Aprils
Korman, Gordon Swindle
Cousins, Margret Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia
Ryan, Pam Becoming Naomi Leon
Voigt, Cynthia Dicey’s Song
Paul, Donita K. DragonQuest
Horvath, Polly Everything on a Waffle
Bradbury, Ray Fahrenheit 451
Paterson, Katherine Jacob Have I Loved
Byars, Betsy Pinballs, The
Forbes, Esther Johnny Tremain
George, Jean Craighead Julie of the Wolves
Peck, Richard Long Way from Chicago, A
Spinelli, Jerry Maniac Magee
Cushman, Karen Midwife’s Apprentice
Levine, Ellen If Your Name was changed at Ellis Island
Burnford, Sheila Incredible Journey, The
Fox, Paula One-Eyed Cat
Henkes, Kevin Protecting Marie
Curtis, Christopher Watsons Go to Birmingham, The
Clements, Andrew School Story, The
Staples, Suzanne Fisher Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
Flake, Sharon Skin I’m In, The
Soto, Gary Taking Sides
Taylor, Mildred Road to Memphis, The
Speare, Elizabeth George Witch of Blackbird Pond, The
Holt, Kimberly When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
Lawrence, Iain Wreckers, The

:: Traditional/Standard 30 Book List 6-8 Grades 2014-15 ::

Author     Title
Alcott     Eight Cousins
Avi, Greg     City of Orphans
Bauer     Stand Tall
Bond     A String in the Harp
Boyne     The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Curtis     Bud, Not Buddy
Freedman     Becoming Ben Franklin: How a Candle-Maker’s son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty
George     On the Far Side of the Mountain
Giff     Pictures of Hollis Woods
Hahn     December Stillness
Hansen     I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly
Henkes     Oliver’s Ocean
Hobbs     Jason’s Gold
Holm, Anne     I Am David
Holm,Jennifer     Our Only May Amelia
Houston/Houston     Farewell to Manzanar
Hunt     The Lottery Rose
Lasky, Kathryn     Guardians of Ga’hoole 02: The Journey
Park     A Single Shard
Paterson     Jip, His Story
Shahan, S.     Death Mountain
Sloan, Holly     Counting by 7”s
Smith     Elephant Run
Soto     Baseball in April
Snyder     The Egypt Game
Steinbeck     The Red Pony
Taylor, Mildred D.     The Land
Tolen     Surviving the Applewhites
Woodson     Feathers
Wright     The Dollhouse Murders


Previous List:

:: Standard Book List for 6th - 8th Grades: 2013-14 ::
Author    Title

Avi    The Good Dog
Abbott    Firegirl
Choldenko    Al Capone Does My Shirts
Cooney    Face on the Milk Carton
Draper    Out of My Mind
DuPrau    City of Ember
O’Dell    Black Star, Bright Dawn
Farmer    House of the Scorpion
Freedman    Lincoln: A Photobiography
Giff    Nory Ryan’s Song
Hesse    Out of the Dust
House    Maddy Takes the Ice
Jimenez    Breaking Through
Kadohata    Kira-Kira (pronounced Keera-Keera)
Kessler    Tail of Emily Windsnap
Konigsburg    Silent to the Bone
Lupica    Heat
Mikaelsen    Touching Spirit Bear
Nixon    Other Side of Dark
Park    Project Mulberry
Paterson    Bridge to Terabithia
Paver    Wolf Brother
Peck    The Teacher’s Funeral
R.J. Palacio    Wonder
Riordan    Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Rylant    Missing May
Schmidt    Wednesday Wars
Van Draanen    Flipped
Yep    Dragonwings
Yolen    Devil’s Arithmetic