Battle of the Books 2021
Enthusiastic Readers for Battle of the Books 2021
A Book Club & Book Trivia Competition!
- What is BOB? Battle of the Books is a book club with a reading list of 10 books this summer.
- Read all 10 books to prepare for a book trivia competition called Battle of the Books.
- Depending on when you register and begin reading, you could have up to 11 weeks of reading time.
- The answer to each trivia question is the title of the book with bonus points for the author’s name.
- You may establish a team of two people or you may compete individually.
- Reading can be shared among team members or everyone can read all the books. Books should be discussed thoroughly within your team especially if everyone isn’t reading each title.
- Join Battle of the Books
- Competition is open to both elementary and middle school ages. If you can read all ten books in the time allowed, you can do Battle!
- Reading Levels of 2021 books are from grades 2.6 – 5.8
- Book Length of 2021 titles range from 68 – 254 pages.
- Titles are a mix of traditional and more recent fiction, with a sprinkling of non-fiction.
- Books are chosen to appeal to a wide range of readers.
- Read and prepare for a friendly competition day!
- Parents, please act as team sponsors and encourage reading and book discussions among members.
- Teams are encouraged to name their teams and maybe even create a team shirt or “look”!
- Books will be made available to those who register for Battle of the Books.
- Friends & family are encouraged to attend Battle of the Books Competition
Battle of the Books Competition Day
Thursday, July 15th 2:00 – 3:00 pm
For More Information Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Reward for Taking Part in the Battle
All 10 titles are being provided as a special gift for teams that register and participate in Battle of the Books on July 15. You will read from your set and may keep them after competition day.
Battle of the Books 2021 Guidelines
Competition Day: July 15, 2021; 2:00 – 3:00pm
There will be two officials, the READER and the TIMEKEEPER/SCORER/ JUDGE (TSJ).
These officials will be chosen prior to the battle.
The reader will receive a packet of official questions, clearly marked for each round. He or she should go over these questions ahead of time to be sure of pronunciation. The TSJ will have a stop watch and clip board with the Battle Rules, an official title list, a score sheet, and a pencil attached.
Process and Scoring of the Battle:
Team wording also applies to individual contestants
- The team that sits on the left will be always be given first chance at the odd numbered questions, and the team on the right will always be given first chance at the even questions.
- Right and Left cards will be displayed within sight of the Reader.
- Each team will select a CAPTAIN who will wear the Captain Button. The READER will accept answers from only that CAPTAIN; no other team member’s answer shall be heard and recorded.
- The “odd” team will go first and be read question number one.
- The team shall have 30 seconds after the reading of the question to give its response through the team CAPTAIN. Teams are encouraged to confer before giving a response. Only the first answer the CAPTAIN gives will be acceptable–the team cannot use up the time left to guess other titles.
- If the title is correct, the team is awarded 5 points. Then the team may have an additional 10 seconds to confer about the author and give its response. An additional 2 points shall be awarded for the correct author.
- If a team gives an incorrect title or author, the opposing team may pick up points for title (5 points), or author (2 points), or both. The question will be repeated to the “acquiring” team, which will then have 10 seconds in which to come up with their answer.
NOTE: If the acquiring team does not answer correctly, play does NOT pass back to the other team.
- Regardless of who scored what on the last question, even numbered questions will be read to the even team, and odd numbered questions will be read to the odd team. This means that an “acquiring” team may get to answer two questions in a row–the one it acquired, followed by their own odd or even question.
- If a team has begun its response before time is called, it will be allowed to complete it.
- After 12 questions have been asked, half-time score will be announced.
- After 24 questions have been asked, the reader must allow 15 seconds for challenges to be articulated through the team captain only. If there are no challenges, the final score will be announced and a winner will be declared. The round will be considered complete and no further challenges will be entertained. The teams will be sent on to their next round.
An answer is considered correct even if slightly mispronounced, as long as the judge can discern it. That might mean that an incorrect article in a title was used or answers might be slightly off (such as Zekmet the Stone Cutter instead of Zekmet the Stone Carver) either would be acceptable. (That Stone Carver Guy would not acceptable.) A correct author’s name is one that is quoted as it appears on the official Battle of the Books list. The last name only is also acceptable.
- Battle of the Books Game Day
Thursday, July 15, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Please arrive by 2:00pm and plan to stay for both levels of competition.
Friends and family are encouraged to attend; award presentation and reception follows.