4th Grade Battle of the Books – 2023

The 4th Grade Battle of the Books is coming! On Tuesday, April 4th, 6:00 PM, fourth 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

Finally, Something Mysterious

By Doug Cornett

Available as a book and ebook.

Summary: Paul Marconi has always thought that Bellwood was a strange town, but also a bit of a boring one. Not much for an 11 year old to do. Fires are burning nearby, Paul’s parents are obsessed with winning a bratwurst contest, his best friend, one of the founding members of their only-sibling detective club, The One and Onlys, is about to have a younger sister, sort of undoing their whole reason for existing. But then! Hundreds of rubber duckies have appeared on the lawn of poor Mr. Babbage without any explanation. Finally! There is something that Paul and his friends can actually investigate.

Pages & Co. #1: Tilly and the Bookwanderers

By Anna James

Available as a book and ebook.

Summary: Eleven year-old Tilly has lived above her grandparents’ bookshop ever since her mother disappeared shortly after she was born. Like the rest of her family, Tilly loves nothing more than to escape into the pages of her favorite stories. One day Tilly realizes that classic children’s characters are appearing in the shop through the magic of `book wandering’ – crossing over from the page into real life. With the help of Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland. Tilly is determined to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago, so she bravely steps into the unknown, unsure of what adventure lies ahead and what dangers she may face.

Lalani of the Distant Sea

By Erin Entrada Kelly

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

Summary: This is the story of Lalani Sarita, a twelve-year-old girl who lives on the island of Sanlagita in the shadow of a vengeful mountain. When she makes a fateful wish that endangers her already-vulnerable village, she sets out across the distant sea in search of life’s good fortunes. Grown men have died making the same journey. What hope does an ordinary girl have?

Kiki Kallira #1: Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom

By Sangu Mandanna

Available as a book and ebook.

Summary: Kiki Kallira has always been a worrier. Recently her anxiety has been getting out of control, but one thing that has always soothed her is drawing. Kiki’s sketchbook is full of fanciful doodles of the rich Indian myths and legends her mother has told her over the years. One day, her sketchbook’s calming effect is broken when her mythological characters begin springing to life right out of its pages. Kiki ends up falling into the mystical world she drew, which includes a lot of wonderful discoveries like the band of rebel kids who protect the kingdom, as well as not-so-great ones like the ancient deity bent on total destruction. As the one responsible for creating the evil god, Kiki must overcome her fear and anxiety to save both worlds–the real and the imagined–from his wrath. But how can a girl armed with only a pencil defeat something so powerful?

Strangeville School #1: Strangeville School is Totally Normal

By Darcy Miller & Brett Helquist

Available as a book.

Summary: Harvey Hill just wants other kids to think he’s normal. So he’s happy to start fresh as the newest kid at Strangeville Middle School. Except Strangeville is anything but normal. Something sinister swims in the drinking fountain, the cafeteria could swallow you whole, and a giant rat named Cuddles is on the loose. And don’t even get the vice principal started on the third-floor supply closet. In fact, don’t even think about it. What supply closet? At least Harvey has his guide and sort-of new friend Stella Cho to show him the ropes. School newspaper reporter, first chair flugelhorn, and hiding a secret of her own, Stella shows Harvey that maybe normal is overrated. But when Stella goes missing while trying to solve the secret of the supply closet (oh that supply closet!), Harvey must embrace what makes him unique to save his new friend and his new school.

The Unforgettable Logan Foster #1

By Shawn Peters

Available as a book and ebook.

Summary: Logan Foster has pretty much given up on the idea of ever being adopted. It could have something to with his awkward manner, his photographic memory, or his affection for reciting curious facts, but whatever the cause, Logan and his “PP’s” (prospective parents) have never clicked. Then everything changes when Gil and Margie arrive. Although they aren’t exactly perfect themselves–Gil has the punniest sense of humor and Margie’s cooking would have anyone running for the hills–they genuinely seem to care. No matter what Logan could have imagined, nothing prepared him for the truth: His PP’s are actually superheroes, and they’re being hunted down by dastardly forces. Logan’s found himself caught in the middle in a massive battle and the very fate of the world may hang in the balance. Will Logan be able to find a way to save the day and his new family?

Stuntboy, in the Meantime

By Jason Reynolds & Raul the Third

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

Summary: Portico Reeves’s superpower is making sure all the other superheroes—like his parents and two best friends—stay super. And safe. Super safe. And he does this all in secret. No one in his civilian life knows he’s actually…Stuntboy! But his regular Portico identity is pretty cool, too. He lives in the biggest house on the block, maybe in the whole city, which basically makes it a castle. His mom calls where they live an apartment building. But a building with fifty doors just in the hallways is definitely a castle. And behind those fifty doors live a bunch of different people who Stuntboy saves all the time. In fact, he’s the only reason the cat, New Name Every Day, has nine lives. All this is swell except for Portico’s other secret, his not-so-super secret. His parents are fighting all the time. They’re trying to hide it by repeatedly telling Portico to go check on a neighbor “in the meantime.” But Portico knows “meantime” means his parents are heading into the Mean Time which means they’re about to get into it, and well, Portico’s superhero responsibility is to save them, too—as soon as he figures out how.

Cookie Chronicles #1: Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Doom

By Matthew Swanson & Robbi Behr

Available as a book.

Summary: When Ben reads his fortune-cookie fortune, he’s alarmed and inspired. Immediately, he begins drafting a bucket list of unfinished tasks and lifelong dreams (finish his 1000-piece model of the Taj Mahal, eat an entire cake, etc….). As Ben marches himself in and out of trouble, takes useful risks, and helps both his parents to see the bigger picture, readers discover how something that seems scary can instead be empowering–leading to friendships that might never have been made, neighbors that might never have been known, and apple pies that might otherwise never have been baked.

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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