Westside's Battle of the Books

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A total of 58 teams representing all 10 elementary schools have registered for the 2018 Battle of the Books!


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Mark your calendar - the battle will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Westside Middle School.


All 4th–6th graders in Westside Community Schools are invited to participate in the Battle of the Books. Students form teams of 3-5 students and participate in a quiz bowl-style competition. Even though teams may have 5 students, at most 4 students may compete in any round.

Each team is guaranteed at least 2 rounds of competition. Since this is a team event, individual students do not have to read all the books on the list in order to participate.


Finalized List of Books for the 2017-2018 Battle

1. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

2. Redwall by Brian Jacques

3. Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones

4. Masterminds by Gordon Korman

5. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

6. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

7. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

8. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

9. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

10. Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

11. Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles

12. The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop


All of these books are available from your school library. The following books are also available to check out through Westside's Digital Library:

Masterminds by Gordon Korman

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry


The books can also be borrowed from the Omaha Public Library. Visit our list in OPL's card catalog for direct links to all of the books. Many books are available as ebooks, audiobooks, and downloadable audiobooks.

If you would like to purchase books, check out The Bookworm, Half Price Books, or amazon.com. Mention the Battle of the Books at The Bookworm for an extra 20% off!


Battle of the Books is proudly sponsored by the Westside Community Council.