September 18, 2014

A BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading program that is open to 5th and 6th grade students in schools throughout the Diocese of Arlington.  The All Saints School group will meet next year every Monday after school in the library. An assigned book is discussed in detail weekly and usually we try to review two books a month.  There are 16 books on this year’s list representing different genres of literature.  In May, the diocesan meet takes place, where each school is represented by a team of five students.

This reading list is given out now to interested students so that they can read a few of the books over the summer.  The first books to be discussed when the program resumes in September are Thane by K. R. Flanagan and Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts. The following month in October, we will review Homer Price by Robert McCloskey and The Journey That Saved Curious George by Louise Borden.

Although the Battle of the Books program is challenging, it is also fun for students who enjoy reading books and competition.  We hope to see you in September!  Have a great summer and take time to read a couple of books.

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS READING LIST
2013-2014

 Categories include realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, classic, adventure, humor, fantasy and non-fiction.

CLASSICS

Island of the Blue Dolphins –   O’Dell

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler –   Konigsburg

HISTORICAL FICTION

Red Moon at Sharpsburg –   Wells

Kizzy Ann Stamps –   Watts

HUMOR

The Great Brain – Fitzgerald

Homer Price – McCloskey

NONFICTION

The Great and Only Barnum –   Fleming

The Journey That Saved Curious George –  Borden

ADVENTURE

Peak –  Smith

Journey to the River Sea –   Ibbotson

FANTASY

The One and Only Ivan –  Applegate

Thane –  Flanagan

MYSTERY

Liar & Spy –   Stead

The Great Unexpected –  Creech

REALISTIC FICTION

Wonder –  Palacio

Project Mulberry – Park