• 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. Any student interested in joining the team must attend our first meeting on Monday, September 9th at 7:30 am in the library where they will be assigned their book for September. 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



    A Nest for Celeste 

    Henry Cole


    Katherine Applegate

    Fish in a Tree 

    Lynda Mullaly Hunt

    Front Desk 

    Kelly Yang

    The Great Treehouse War 

    Lisa Graff

    Greetings From Nowhere 

    Barbara O’Connor

    The Key to Extraordinary

    Natalie Lloyd

    The Last Musketeer 

    Stuart Gibbs

    The League of Seven 

    Alan Gratz

    The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg 

    Rodman Philbrick

    Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe 

    Jo Watson Hackl

    Smells Like Dog 

    Suzanne Selfors

    Tuesdays at the Castle 

    Jessica Day George


    Gordon Korman

    Woods Runner

    Gary Paulsen