3rd Grade Battle of the Books – 2023

The 3rd Grade Battle of the Books is coming! On Monday, April 3rd, 6:00 PM, third graders will battle for book knowledge supremacy at the Moon Area Middle School Gym.

Registration

  • Team registration must be completed by February 20, 2023.
  • Teams have 1-5 members.
  • If you can’t find a team or need members for your team, contact Ms. Megan.
  • Registration forms can be turned into your school librarian, Moon Library, or by email.
  • Team managers will receive an information packet upon registration.

Books

Tales from Deckawoo Drive #1: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up

By Kate DiCamillo & Chris Van Dusen

Available as a book, CD audiobook, ebook, and digital audiobook.

Summary: Leroy Ninker has a hat, a lasso, and boots. What he doesn’t have is a horse — until he meets Maybelline, that is, and then it’s love at first sight. Maybelline loves spaghetti and sweet nothings, and she loves Leroy, too. But when Leroy forgets the third and final rule of caring for Maybelline, disaster ensues. Can Leroy wrestle fate to the ground, rescue the horse of his heart, and lasso loneliness for good?

Maya and the Robot

By Eve L. Ewing & Christine Almeda

Available as a book and Playaway.

Summary: Maya’s nervous about fifth grade. For the first time since kindergarten, her best friends Jada and MJ are placed in a different class without her, and introverted Maya has trouble making new friends. Just when too much seems to be changing, she finds a robot named Ralph in the back of Mr. Mac’s convenience store closet. Once she uses her science skills to get him up and running, a whole new world of connection opens up as Ralph becomes a member of her family and Maya begins to step into her power.

Maybe Marisol#1: Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

By Erin Entrada Kelly

Available as a book, CD audiobook, Playaway, and ebook.

Summary: Marisol Rainey’s mother was born in the Philippines. Marisol’s father works and lives part-time on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. And Marisol, who has a big imagination and likes to name inanimate objects, has a tree in her backyard she calls Peppina . . . but she’s way too scared to climb it. This all makes Marisol the only girl in her small Louisiana town with a mother who was born elsewhere and a father who lives elsewhere (most of the time)—the only girl who’s fearful of adventure and fun.

Real Pigeons #1: Real Pigeons Fight Crime

By Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood

Available as a book & ebook.

Summary: What do REAL PIGEONS do? They fight crime, of course! Wait, what? You didn’t know your town is protected by a secret squad of crime-fighting feathered friends? Well, you are about to get schooled. REAL PIGEONS solve mysteries! REAL PIGEONS fight bad guys! And REAL PIGEONS won’t stop until your neighborhood is safe and the questions are all answered: Like, why have all the breadcrumbs disappeared? And which food truck smells the best?

Planet Omar #1: Accidental Trouble Magnet

By Zanib Mian & Nasay Mafaridik

Available as a book.

Summary: My parents decided it would be a good idea to move house AND move me to a new school at the same time. As if I didn’t have a hard enough time staying out of trouble at home, now I’ve also got to try and make new friends. What’s worse, the class bully seems to think I’m the perfect target and has made it his mission to send me back to Pakistan. But I’ve never even been to Pakistan! And my cousin told me the pizza there is YUCK. The only good thing is that Eid’s just around the corner which means a feast of all my favourite food (YAY) and presents (DOUBLE YAY). I’m really hoping I can stay in Mum and Dad’s good books long enough to get loads…

Simon B. Rhymin’#1: Simon B. Rhymin’

By Dwayne Reed

Available as a book.

Summary: Eleven-year-old Simon Barnes dreams of becoming a world-famous rapper that everyone calls Notorious D. O. G. But for now, he’s just a Chicago fifth grader who’s small for this age and afraid to use his voice. Simon prefers to lay low at school and at home, even though he’s constantly spitting rhymes in his head. But when his new teacher assigns the class an oral presentation on something that affects their community, Simon must face his fears. With some help from an unexpected ally and his neighborhood crew, will Simon gain the confidence to rap his way to an A and prove that one kid can make a difference in his ‘hood?

Magic on the Map #1: Let’s Mooove!

By Courtney Sheinmel & Bianca Turetsky

Available as a book.

Summary: On the last day of second grade, twins Spencer and Maggie Parker come home from school to find a camper van in their driveway. And not just any camper; a magic camper that can transport them to every state in the continental US. This is perfect for Maggie, who loves geography and is a star student, and for Spencer, who’s been failing his geography quizzes and could use the real life extra credit. Together, the twins travel to a surprising new place–the rolling fields of Colorado! There they get suited up in cowboy gear, eat a hearty breakfast in the Mess Hall, and join a cattle drive. But when the group takes a moment to rest, the ranch’s prized cow, Snowflake, is stolen by a band of rogue cowboys. The twins must discover how to work together in order to save Snowflake, and find their way home again.

Wednesday & Woof #1: Catastrophe

By Sherri Winston & Gladys Jose

Available as a book.

Summary: When Mrs. Winters’s cat goes missing before her big trip to Paris, there’s only one detective duo to call on—Wednesday and Woof! But Wednesday will need to rethink all her assumptions when her number one suspects become a dead-end lead. Will Wednesday and Woof sniff out enough clues in their neighborhood to find the missing kitty? Or will this cat-napped caper be their first unsolved mystery?

Rules

  • Each team has a Team Manager, who must be an adult at least 18 years old.
  • Books can only be borrowed by team members. Team Managers cannot borrow books.
  • Each team member can only borrow 3 books at a time.
  • The overdue fines for Battle books are $0.25 per day.
  • Teams arrive at Battle at least 15 minutes before it starts.
  • Team Managers act as Scorekeepers for another team.
  • The Battle Moderator will ask each question twice. There are 5 questions and three rounds of questions.
  • Teams have 30 seconds to write down their answers.
  • Up to 5 points are awarded for each answer. All decisions are final.
  • The top three teams will receive prizes.

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