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Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books 2016-17

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  • Click here to register your team for the 2016-17 school year.
  • Read Mark Twain and Truman nominee books. Teams are responsible for reading all 24 required books.
  • Team members qualify for Mark Twain and Truman readers celebration by writing three questions for each book they finish. NO QUIZZES necessary! (Four book minimum).
  • All teams are required to write three questions for each book (72 total per team). See example.
    • Use this spreadsheet template.
      • Make a copy
      • Add your team name to the title
      • Share it with Beth Marley and all the members of your team
      • Write three questions per book.
      • Write questions that could only be answered by someone who read the book but don't write questions about insignificant plot points.
  • Elimination battles during advisory in February and March.


Mark Twain Award Books Truman Award Books
2016 - 2017 2016 - 2017
All Four Stars Famous Last Words
By Tara Dairman By Katie Alender
Red Berries White Clouds Blue Sky Midnight Thief
By Sandra Dallas By Livia Blackburne
Space Case Buzz Kill
By Stuart Gibbs By Beth Fantaskey
Pennyroyal Academy Falls the Shadow
By M.A. Larson By Stefanie Gaither
Half a Chance The Body in the Woods
By Cynthia Lord By April Henry
Rain Reign Pieces of Me
By Ann M. Martin By Amber Kizer
Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina Grandmaster: A Novel
By Rodman Philbrick By David Klass
The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky Just a Drop of Water
By Holly Schindler By Kerry O'malley Cerra
The Missing Pieces of Me The Blood Guard
By Jean VanLeeuwen By Carter Roy
Pack of Dorks Codename Zero
By Beth Vrabel By Chris Rylander
Loot: How to Steal a Fortune I Have a Bad Feeling About This
By Jude Watson By Jeff Strand
A Million Ways Home Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek
By Dianna Dorisi Winget By Maya VanWagenen