Battle of the Books
What is the Battle of the Books?
The Battle of the Books is an independent reading incentive program for students in 4th and 5th grades in which teams of students read books and answer questions about the books they have read. Students should be working on building their reading comprehension as they read. They will later compete as teams to see who can recall the most about the books they read. Students compete at the school level, and then a group of six students will be chosen to compete at the District level as part of Harmony's All Star Team. The purpose of Battle of the Books is to encourage students to read good books and have fun competing with peers. In addition, students are introduced to different genres of books that they might not normally read.
5th Grade Titles (2019-2020)
Orphan Train Girl by Christina Baker Kline (DRA 50)
A story about seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer, who is sent to perform community service at elderly Vivian Daly's home in order to avoid juvenile hall and discovers that the two are very much alike, despite the vast age difference.
The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley (DRA 50)
Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead.
Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963: A Novel by Christopher Paul Curtis (DRA 50)
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African-American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.
Front Desk by Kelly Yang (DRA 40)
Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (who was an engineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers and other recent immigrants--not to mention being only one of two Chinese in her fifth grade class, the other being Mr. Yao's son, Jason.
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (DRA 60)
"Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn't know how to read."
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix (DRA 50)
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.
Chasing the Falconers by Gordon Korman (DRA 40)
Aiden and Meg Falconer must escape from a juvenile detention center in order to prove their parents innocent of charges which would put them in jail for life.
Restart by Gordon Korman (DRA 50)
Chase does not remember falling off the roof, in fact he does not remember anything about himself, and when he gets back to middle school he begins to learn who he was through the reactions of the other kids--trouble is, he really is not sure he likes the Chase that is being revealed, but can he take the opportunity amnesia has provided and restart his life?.
Captain Nobody by Dean Pitchford (DRA 40)
When ten-year-old Newton dresses up as an unusual superhero for Halloween, he decides to keep wearing the costume after the holiday to help save townspeople and eventually his injured brother.
Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements (DRA 50)
The fifth grade's annual camping trip in the woods tests Mark's survival skills and his ability to relate to a teacher who seems out to get him.