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Teams Face off in Battle of the Books Trivia-Like Competition

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Teams of students from middle schools and elementary schools across OCS gathered at Southwest High School the week of February 27, 2017, to be tested on how much information they absorbed from the books they have been reading this school year. The N.C. School Library Media Association identified 27 books for middle schoolers and 18 books for elementary schoolers interested in reading and competing.

Competition being fierce, at the end of the day the scores between first, second and third place middle school teams could best be described as “very close,” said Ross Friebel, the organizer of the event and the director of Digital Teaching and Learning Services.

Swansboro Middle School earned the first-place trophy and will advance to the regional competition. Team members include: Isabella Palmer, Bryce Hutto, Collin Hewitt, Haley Provenzano, Kierstyn Horne, Autumn Brainard, Alyssa Sabella; Coaches: Amy Garrett and Michelle Sweeting.

Jacksonville Commons Middle School’s team earned second place.

New Bridge Middle School’s team earned third place.

2016-17 N.C. School Library Media Assoc. Middle School Battle of the Books List:

Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

Iron Thunder by Avi

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Gym Candy by Carl Deuker

Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

The Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose

Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang

Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata

Schooled by Gordon Korman

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Legend by Marie Lu

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

The Land by Mildred D. Taylor

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Crow by Barbara Wright

I Am Malala* by Malala Yousafzai — *Young Readers edition with Patrick McCormick




After three days of competition, finalists from elementary battles came together March 3, to determine winners of the Elementary Battle of the Books literary showdown.

 Swansboro Elementary claimed the OCS Elementary Battle of the Books championship title and will move on to the regional competition. Team members include: Logan Walters, Akayla Hamrick, Marielle Hirkala, Karley Davis, Quinn Gilbert, Robbie Heite, Noah Timmerman, Katie McElmon, Mackenzie Phillips, Ella Green Caleb Havens; Coaches: Meredith Lynch, Mallory Floyd.

Jacksonville Commons Elementary’s team earned second place.

 Carolina Forest International Elementary’s team earned third place.


2016-17 N.C. School Library Media Assoc. Elementary School Battle of the Books List:

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegat

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Greetings From Nowhere by Barbara O’Connor

Jake by Audrey Couloumbis

Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors

The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman

The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd

The League of Seven by Alan Gratz

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen


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