Last year, the North Polk ELP teacher and I created the Inaugural North Polk 4th Grade Battle of the Books Competition.
It was a ton of fun and we are doing it again in May!
I hear there are 65 potential competitors currently reading the books in anticipation of the big event. Yowsa!
I spent the Polar Vortex Weekend of 2014 reading all eight of the Battle Books and preparing the competition questions. (Yep, all eight in three days. That’s 1760 pages, if you’re wondering!)
Full weekend? No doubt.
Great weekend? Definitely.
Why? Because these eight books are amazing:
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park — an eye-opening look at the devastation caused by the strife in South Sudan
Holes by Louis Sachar — the intertwining tales of Green Lake come together in a most unusual tale of revenge and redemption.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg — one of my long-time favorites about siblings running away and discovering a mystery.
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm — shuttled to live with unknown relatives in Key West during the Depression, Turtle finds the strange place just might be Paradise.
Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur — when tragedy strikes Aubrey’s family her grandmother and a great new best friend help her find her way again.
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and A Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall — three weeks in a rented summer cottage becomes a vacation to remember forever.
Here Lies Linc by Delia Ray — When Linc decides to discover the truth about a mysterious graveyard statue, he discovers even more about his past.
Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass — the total eclipse of the sun brings an unlikely group of kids together for a celestial experience that changes each of them in ways they could never have imagined.
Great reads even if you are not prepping for the Battle! Enjoy!
(And if you’re interested in being a spectator at the Battle this year, watch our website for details as May draws nigh.)