PREPARE FOR BATTLE!!!
a battle of books that is.
For those unfamiliar with Battle of the Books contests, teams of reading aficionados read a selection of books over a couple of weeks and then come together to test their knowledge of the books in a trivia battle-royale. At the end, the winners stand victorious with prizes in tow, while their fallen foes (at Murphy Library, anyway) get to enjoy sugary confections to nurse their wounded pride.
Thats the gist of it.
All members of the UW-L campus community are invited create a team with 3-4 friends to compete. Teams can sign up by using this form or by contacting Marc Manke, Murphy Library, firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31. Teams will be required to read the list of 10 books by December 2, 2014. The books for this year’s contest have been selected from the realm of Young Adult and Teen Literature. All of the books were selected for outstanding content, quality story, critical acclaim, and for not having too many pages (see, we are looking out for you). Books include everything from supernatural mysteries, historical fiction, sci-fi conspiracies, to a graphic novel about braces. You can find the list of books with a brief summary of each and where you can get them bellow.
Each team can choose to have members read every book or — what we recommend — divide the books among the teammates. Many of these books are in Murphy Library and the La Crosse Public Library. We will be happy to work with you to find copies of these books.
Teams will answer questions based on the books read. The team with the most points will be crowned victorious and will receive the grandest of prizes (probably better snacks), while the remaining teams may be allowed to enjoy some snacks, depending on the goodwill of the winning team. Teams will be awarded prizes based on their performance.
The culminating trivia battle will be held on December 2, 2014 from 6:30p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Murphy Library Room 30.
So, get some friends together, read some books, and become trivia champions (or trivia novices)!
(Click each book image to find books available in the area)
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.
Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.
Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes
A series of poems describes all the baffling changes at home and at school in twelve-year-old Joylin’s transition from tomboy basketball player to not-quite-girly girl.
Harris and Me: a Summer Remembered by Gary Paulsen
Sent to live with relatives on their farm because of his unhappy home life, an eleven-year-old city boy meets his distant cousin Harris and is given an introduction to a whole new world.
Holes by Louis Sachar
As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.