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Battle of the Books 2014-2015. Sample Battle! Titles: The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice.

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1 Battle of the Books

2 Sample Battle! Titles: The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak The Hat by Jan Brett The Hat by Jan Brett Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

3 BOB Details meet Thursdays from 2:30-3:30 in the library meet Thursdays from 2:30-3:30 in the library 11 meetings (you cannot miss more than 3) 11 meetings (you cannot miss more than 3) read 5 of the 10 books to participate in the school battle read 5 of the 10 books to participate in the school battle write 10 questions about each book read write 10 questions about each book read permission slip due to Ms. Loesel or Ms. Galasso by Wednesday, November 19 th permission slip due to Ms. Loesel or Ms. Galasso by Wednesday, November 19 th first meeting Thursday, November 20 th first meeting Thursday, November 20 th District battle on April 21 st at Malley Drive Elementary District battle on April 21 st at Malley Drive Elementary

4 Cracker: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata 2:21 min 2:21 min trailer Bred as a show dog, Magnificent Dawn of Venus von Braun was a German shepherd destined for greatness until a broken leg took her out of contention and into the arms of a boy named Willie. Reminded of the landlord's no-pet policy, the heartbroken boy answers a newspaper ad and Venus, now "Cracker," is accepted into a military canine unit to help soldiers sniff out booby traps in Vietnam. She and her handler, Rick Hanski, quickly bond and head to the front lines. Cracker and Rick's successful missions lead to more dangerous operations and they are ultimately separated during a siege. Vicki Reutter (Reviewed February 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 2, p120)

5 Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan 1:30 min trailer Twelve-year-old Willow Chase lived with her adoptive parents in Bakersfield, California [where] she grew a garden in her backyard, her sanctuary. She was excited about starting a new school, hoping this time she might fit in, might find a friend. Willow had been identified in preschool as highly gifted. Now at her new school she is accused of cheating because no one has ever finished the state proficiency test in just 17 minutes, let alone gotten a perfect score. Her reward is behavioral counseling with Dell Duke. She does make a friend when Mai Nguyen brings her brother, Quang-ha, to his appointment, and their lives begin to intertwine when Willow's parents are killed in an auto accident. For the second time in her life she is an orphan, forced to find a "new normal." Cheryl Ashton (Reviewed September 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 9, p148)

6 Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix 1:27 min trailer A plane arrives at an airline gate unnoticed by radar and most personnel. There are no flight attendants, no pilot, in fact no adults at all, but there are 36 passengers—each seat is inhabited by an infant. Thirteen years later in Ohio, teenage adoptees Jonah and his friend Chip begin receiving ominous messages declaring that they are among "the missing" and that someone is coming to find them. Frightened yet intrigued, the boys begin a search for their real identities with the help of Jonah's younger sister. Their search leads them to a discovery that leads them into danger greater than they ever imagined possible. Heather M. Campbell (Reviewed May 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 5, p124)

7 Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville 0:58 min trailer JeremyThatcher is plagued with all of the problems of a 12-year-old plus a few extra. He is pursued by Mary Lou Hutton, whom he detests, and is constantly put down by his art teacher for reasons he does not understand. One afternoon, in an effort to escape Mary Lou, Jeremy runs through alleys, side streets, and byways and finds himself in a part of town he has never seen before. He enters a small magic shop where he purchases a strange egg. A dragon that only Jeremy and Mary Lou can see enters the picture. Kenneth E. Kowen (School Library Journal;May91, Vol. 37 Issue 5, p91)

8 Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor 1:24 min trailer Toby gets his first summer job making pies at the brand-new KillerPizza. What he soon learns is that the chain is a front for a secret underground organization dedicated to battling the monsters hiding among the general populace (and, oh yeah, monsters hide among the general populace). A group of guttata (sort of shape-shifting zombies imbued with various ill-fitting powers and convenient weaknesses that make them perfect targets for young monster-hunters) threatens the unwitting citizens, and it’s up to Toby and his fellow initiates to train relentlessly and take out the beasts. Chipman, Ian (Reviewed ) (Booklist, vol 105, number 18, p55)

9 Knucklehead: Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories About Growing Up by Jon Scieszka 2:07 min trailer How did Jon Scieszka get so funny, anyway? Growing up as one of six brothers was a good start, but that was just the beginning. Throw in Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, jokes told at family dinner, and the result is Knucklehead. Part memoir, part scrapbook, this hilarious trip down memory lane provides a unique glimpse into the formation of a creative mind and a free spirit. accessed 11/3/14.

10 Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli 2:37 min trailer Everyone notices Stargirl when she comes to school. She wears a granny gown, strums a ukulele, and sings "Happy Birthday" to kids in the cafeteria. She also carries around a pet rat. Her classmates veer between ignoring her and being discreetly fascinated by her weirdness-- dancing when there's no music, speaking in class of trolls and stars. Slowly, Stargirl attracts a following, especially after she gives a spellbinding speech in an oratorical contest and singlehandly stirs up school spirit. But her intense popularity is short-lived as the teens turn on her. Leo is attracted by Stargirl and her penchant for good works. But just about the time they get together, the rest of the school is shunning her. Will Leo eventually turns his back on Stargirl, too? Ilene Cooper (Booklist; 06/01/2000 & 06/15/2000, Vol. 96 Issue 19/20, p1883 )

11 The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff 0:54 min trailer Georgie is a dwarf, and Andy, his best friend, doesn't seem to care. The two are practically inseparable and even have a dog-walking business together. Georgie loves classical music even though his short fingers prevent him from playing the instruments his musician parents do. Overall, life is good. Then Georgie finds out his parents are going to have a baby who may quickly outgrow him—and be able to share music with their parents in a way that he can't. He and Andy have a fight when Andy invites another friend to join their dog-walking business. Finally, Georgie is paired with Jeanie the Meanie, his nemesis, for a school project. How much can one fourth-grader take? (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2006)

12 Spirit Animals: Wild Born by Brandon Mull 0:30 min trailer In the tradition of Erdas, four 11-year-olds are given Nectar, a substance designed to help them call their spirit animals. Conor, an indentured servant, calls Briggan the wolf. Uraza the leopard answers the call of the young warrior, Abeke. Jhi the panda comes to Meilin, the daughter of a Zhongese general. Rollan, a poor street urchin, calls Essix the falcon. With the assistance of the Greencloaks, a powerful but secretive order, the four must learn to bond with their spirit animals, drawing strength and wisdom from their gifts. Their mission is to retrieve the talismans from the other Great Beasts before the Devourer can regain power and destroy the world. (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2013)

13 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle 1:30 min trailer A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem (a tesseract -in case you don’t know, is a wrinkle in time). One stormy night a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe on a most dangerous and fantastic journey, a journey that will threaten their lives and our universe. 3&keywords=a+wrinkle+in+timehttp://www.amazon.com/A-Wrinkle-Time-Madeleine-LEngle/dp/B004IH0NH6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid= &sr=8- 3&keywords=a+wrinkle+in+time, accessed 11/4/14.

14 Resources Images of book covers from Destiny, our online catalog Book summaries from amazon.com, Kirkus, School Library Journal and Booklist. Videos from scholastic.com and YouTube.com.


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