• Dear Parents of 4th and 5th Graders, 

    This year for Battle of the Books (BOB) we are excited to partner with Laura McGuire, the Youth Services Librarian at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library! Your child has the opportunity to join our Battle of the Books team and participate in the NC Elementary Battle of the Books competition. This competition between schools allows students to challenge themselves and show their knowledge of books. If your child enjoys reading or competing, this could be a great opportunity for them even if they are new to competing or a little nervous! 

    The Commitment

    Being on our BOB Team does require commitment. Students are required to be present at our Monday morning practices at 7:30 am every week. In order to compete, students must read at least 5 books from the list AND achieve a 90 or higher on that book’s test. Students will be expected to complete one book a month leading up to the competition. The NC School Library Media Association chose the 15 chapter books listed below. Parents, please sign your child up by completing this Google Form no later than September 9th.

    We look forward to coaching your child this year!      
    Mrs. Lam, Mrs. Berger, & Mrs. Richardson

    North Carolina School Library Media Association 2020-2021 Elementary Battle of the Books 

    Title/ Author 

    Where the Watermelons Grow Cindy Baldwin 

    Soft Rain Cornelia Cornelissen 

    Among the Hidden Margaret Peterson Haddix 

    Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Chris Grabenstein 

    Turtle in Paradise Jennifer L. Holm 

    Kenny & the Dragon Tony DiTerlizzi 

    Walls Within Walls Maureen Sherry 

    Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Grace Lin 

    Wish Barbara O’Connor 

    Pax Sara Pennypacker 

    The Hero Two Doors Down Sharon Robinson 

    Wildfire Rodman Philbrick 

    The MIscalculations of Lightning Girl Stacy McAnulty 

    Not If I Can Help It Carolyn Mackler 

    The Very, Very Far North Dan Bar-el