Battle of the Books

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Battle of the Books

What is Battle of the Books?

Battle of the Books is a nationwide reading incentive program where students, who love to read, can compete. This optional program is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Interested students form teams of 3-5 players. Team members collectively read all twelve titles handed down by the Battle of the Books committee. Then, in game-show format, teams "battle" against each other, identifying the title of the book and the author of the clues given by the host. In tournament style, winning teams advance until we have an All-School winner. The Washington Middle School winner earns the right to battle against the winning teams from Griffin, Jefferson, Marshall, and Reeves middle schools. The winning school captures the traveling trophy to take back to their school for the next year.

When will it Begin?


Battle of the Books kicks off in January each year.   The first day to check out books will be Monday, January 14. Our tournament will be held in March, in March-Madness style.  To qualify, teams must read, and pass a quiz on all 12 titles by Monday, March 11th. The winning team will compete against the other middle schools on Wednesday, March 27th at Washington Middle School.

Important Dates to Know:


January 14th - Deadline to form your team
                         -  First day students can check out library copies of the books
February 20th - Practice questions become available
March 11th - Deadline to have all books read/ quizzes passed (by end of the school day)
Mid-March - Tournament begins (exact date TBA)
March 27 - WMS championship team battles against the Griffin, Jefferson, Marshall, and Reeves
                     championship teams at WMS.  Time TBA. 



Battle of the Books wrap-up from last year!

We finished the Battle of the Books season on a very positive note.  Seventeen teams battled in tournament-style with some very close competitions.  The winning team was "BOB Army" who went on to compete against the champions from Griffin, Jefferson, Marshall and Reeves middle schools.  BOB Army led the way most of the night and went on to win in double overtime, keeping the traveling trophy at WMS for the next school year!


Traveling Trophy