Battle of the Books

How do I participate?

Form a team of 4 students; then, sign up in the library by Friday September 29, 2017.


Battle of the Books Guidelines

The Battle of the Books program is an entirely voluntary one, whose goal is to promote literacy and an appreciation of literature.

  • Each team will be responsible for reading a list of twenty books.
  • Students choose their own teams and team names. No changes to team membership can be made after team list is submitted.
  • Teams must be registered by Friday September 29, 2017.


A mandatory "Kick Off" meeting is scheduled for Wednesday October 3, 2017 - see building level page for time. Additionally, practice dates are listed on building level page.

The list of books is from a statewide Battle of the Books list developed by Wisconsin school librarians and is located on this page. While there are a wide variety of books on the list, the program is meant to be a challenge to students who participate.

►Students have until February 9, 2018 to carefully read the books before the “battles” begin.

► Tomahawk Battle dates:

        • High School - February 15, 2018
        • Middle School - February 14, 2018
        • Elementary School - February 13, 2018


The students will participate in rounds of round robin competition. The top Team who emerges from this round of competition will battle in February 19 - 23, 2018 online for Wisconsin Battle of the Books Competition sponsored by Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association, see the link for WEMTA official rules. State winners are announced the first week of March 2018.

Battle books are available for checkout through the library. These titles can also be found through the public library as well. Finally, teachers and parents are also encouraged to read these books along with their students. Again, this is an entirely voluntary program. However, once a student has made a commitment to be a part of a team he/she may not quit.

Good Luck!

Sign UP Directions

  1. Form groups of 4 students. Groups may be any combination of students:
    • High School Level combinations from grades 9 - 12.
    • Middle School Level combinations from grades 6 - 8.
    • Elementary School Level combinations from grades 4 and 5 / including Upper Multi-age students.
  2. Determine whom will the "team captain." This person is responsible for completing and submitting the Team Sign Up Commitment Form.
  3. Team Captain - fill out the Team Sign Up:

Due: September 29, 2017.

4. Everyone! Start Reading!

Sign up deadline Friday September 29, 2017.


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Battle Rules

  • The Battle will consist of 25 questions which are answered by providing the title and author of the book.
  • Ten points will be awarded for the correct title and five points for the correct author.
  • Titles and authors must be written in full as listed on the web site when answering the test questions in February.
  • No points will be given for a partial title or if only the last name of the author is listed.

Frequently Asked Questions!

1. Do team members have to read all twenty books?

The goal is to read all 20 books among the team members; but each individual is not required to read all books. How many books each member reads will depend upon the member's reading speed, reading level, and interest in the books. Teams will perform better if each book has been read by at least two team members.


2. Can my team compete even if they have not read all 20 books?

Yes. Teams can compete even if they have only read some of the books.


3. How many times should my team meet?

Teams can meet as frequently as they are able and want to meet; however, we recommend teams meet at least three times prior to the competition.


4. What kinds of questions will be asked at the Battle?

Each question will include two parts: a question from the book (worth four points) and the author's name (worth one point.) Author's name MUST be spelled correctly to earn the point. Prizes awarded for teams with top four point totals.

All questions will be very specific and the answers will have been mentioned at least twice in each book. Information in any introduction, dedication, chapter heading, foreword, preface, afterword and author note will all be fair game and could possibly be included in the questions for that book. Some editions of books contain bonus material such as discussion questions and author interviews. While the answers may be mentioned in these bonus sections, we do not count these appearances for our requirements.

Sample questions from past battles:

Q1. In the book, No More Dead Dogs, someone is sabotaging the school play. What are the words that are spray painted on the scenery the first week of rehearsal?


A1. Old Shep, Dead Mutt Author: Gordon Korman


Q2. In the book Wild Man Island, when Andy washes up on the island, he follows a trail into the forest to find a place to get warm. He sees a red, jelly-like blob on the trail. What was it?


A2. Bear scat or bear droppings Author: Will Hobbs


Q3. In the book The Lightning Thief, Annabeth, daughter of Athena, accompanies Percy and Grover on Percy’s quest. Once she discovers which god is Percy’s father, Annabeth teases Percy by calling him a nickname. What is the nickname?


A3. Seaweed Brain Author: Rick Riordan

5. Where can my team meet?

Students can meet before or after school, during lunch time, or any other common time during the day depending upon everyone’s schedule.

Teams may meet in the library during school hours, provided the teams are respectful of others while practicing. (You will need teacher permission.)

6. Does the manager have any responsibilities at the Battle competition?

Managers must be present, or have a designated adult present. The team manager or single designated adult will check-in the team and lead them through team photo area. The manager will then become an audience member.


7. What about costumes?

Teams are not required to wear costumes, but are encouraged to do so. Teams can win prizes for costumes. Please ensure that no book titles, quotations, or authors' names appear anywhere on the costumes. We allow hats and props, but might request their removal during the question competition.


8. What are my responsibilities as a team manager?

Ensure team registration form is filled out completely and turned in by Friday September 29, 2017 to your school library.

  • Notify library if team decides not to participate in Battle of the Books.