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Peace Dale Elementary School Library: 4th Grade Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books 2016

4th Grade Battle of the Books

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

7:00-8:30 PM, South Kingstown High School Auditorium

Students will read a minimum of 10 books from a list of 20 books in order to qualify.   

The annual 4th Grade Battle of the Books is a fun literacy-based event. From September 2016 through mid-April, students read a minimum of 10 from a selection of 20 books. The Battle takes place on a Wednesday evening in April at the SK High School Auditorium. Participating students are divided into teams, and in a series of rounds (usually 4 rounds of 4 teams) are quizzed on details from the books by their school librarians as well as their public librarians. The event is always very exciting! This is an optional activity, but students are encouraged not to miss what many say was a highlight of their 4th grade year.

See details on the event and the books below. And, print out your own bookmark with a list of the books below as well!

 

Printable Bookmark with Checklist: so you can keep track of what you've read!

4th Grade Battle of the Books: The Books

Athlete vs. Mathlete

by Mack, W.C.

198 pages

From the Publisher:

Owen Evans lights up the scoreboards. His brother, Russell, rocks the school boards. These twin brothers couldn't be more different. They've long kept the peace by going their separate ways, but all that is about to change. The new basketball coach recruits Russell for the seventh grade team and a jealous Owen has to fight to stay in the game. When someone tries to steal Russell's spot as captain of the mathlete team, will the two be able to put aside their differences in order to save his position? Or will they be sidelined?

Perfect for fans of Matt Christopher and Andrew Clements alike, this is a lighthearted and hilarious look at what happens when brains meets brawn meets basketball.

(summary from the publisher)

 

Guided Reading Level: P

The City of Ember

by DuPrau, Jeanne

Ember, a 241-year-old, ruined domed city surrounded by a dark unknown, was built to ensure that humans would continue to exist on Earth, and the instructions for getting out have been lost and forgotten. On Assignment Day, 12-year-olds leave school and receive their lifetime job assignments. Lina Mayfleet becomes a messenger, and her friend Doon Harrow ends up in the Pipeworks beneath the city, where the failing electric generator has been ineffectually patched together. Both Lina and Doon are convinced that their survival means finding a way out of the city, and after Lina discovers pieces of the instructions, she and Doon work together to interpret the fragmented document. Life in this postholocaust city is well limned--the frequent blackouts, the food shortage, the public panic, the search for answers, and the actions of the powerful, who are taking selfish advantage of the situation. Readers will relate to Lina and Doon's resourcefulness and courage in the face of ominous odds.

(summary from Sally Estes, Booklist)

Guided Reading Level: W

Crenshaw

by Applegate, Katherine

245 pages

In her first novel sinceThe One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal, Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience.

Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There's no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again.

Crenshaw is a cat. He's large, he's outspoken, and he's imaginary. He has come back into Jackson's life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?

Beloved author Katherine Applegate proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary.

(summary from the publisher)

 

Guided Reading Level: Q

El Deafo

by Bell, Cece

248 pages (comic)

A 2015 Newbery Honor Book Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful--and very awkward--hearing aid.
The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear--sometimes things she shouldn't--but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All." And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for.

(summary from publisher)

Guided Reading Level: Q
 

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

By: Grabenstein, Chris

Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.

Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food, and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high.

In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Old fans and new readers will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience.

(summary from publisher)

Guided Reading Level: Q

The Fourteenth Goldfish

by: Holm, Jennifer

Galileo. Newton. Salk. Oppenheimer. Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far?
 
Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this gawky teenager really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?
 
With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality . . . and possibility. Look for EXCLUSIVE NEW MATERIAL in the paperback—including Ellie’s gallery of scientists and other STEM-appropriate features.

(summary from the publisher)
 
Guided Reading Level: Q/Z

 

Island: a Story of the Galapagos

by: Chin, Jason

Charles Darwin first visited the Galápagos Islands almost 200 years ago, only to discover a land filled with plants and animals that could not be found anywhere else on earth. How did they come to inhabit the island? How long will they remain?

Thoroughly researched and filled with intricate and beautiful paintings, this extraordinary book by Award-winning author and artist Jason Chin is an epic saga of the life of an island―born of fire, rising to greatness, its decline, and finally the emergence of life on new islands. Chin's approach makes this book a must-have common core tool for teachers and librarians introducing scientific principals to young students.

(summary from the publisher)

 

Guided Reading Level: R

 

 

Joshua's Song

by Harlow, Joan Hiatt

Thirteen-year-old Joshua Harper's life has altered dramatically since his father's death in the 1918 influenza pandemic: he has had to quit school and go to work as a newsboy, and his changing voice has made it impossible for him to continue to sing with the Boston Boys'Choir. He earns good money as a newsboy, but Charlie, his tough, street-smart newsboy boss, is constantly challenging him. He can't find a place. He doesn't fit in with his former friends or with the news kids, who view him as a snob. It's not until a storage tank ruptures, flooding Boston's North End with millions of gallons of molasses that Josh finds his new "voice"and gets the respect he deserves. Even readers who don't usually like historical fiction will enjoy Harlow's vivid depiction of early-twentieth-century working-class life and conditions. They will also like the fast-paced story, which revolves around an actual incident, the Great Molasses Flood of 1919.

(summary from publisher)
 
Guided Reading Level: R

 

Love That Dog

by: Creech, Sharon

With a fresh and deceptively simple style, acclaimed author Sharon Creech tells a story with enormous heart. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack's point of view, Love That Dog shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog. With classic poetry included in the back matter, this provides the perfect resource for teachers and students alike.

"I guess it does
look like a poem
when you see it
typed up
like that."

Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, won't stop giving her class poetry assignments -- and Jack can't avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns he does have something to say. Supports the Common Core State Standards.

(summary from publisher)

 

Guided Reading Level: T

Mesmerized : how Ben Franklin solved a mystery that baffled all of France 

by Rockliff, Mara; illustrated by Bruno, Iacopo 

48 pages

Relates the story of Benjamin Franklin's involvement in the early development of the scientific method during a visit to France during the American Revolution to drum up support for the colonists. When asked to determine if the invisible force that Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer claimed he was using to cure patients was genuine, Franklin devised a series of tests that provided the answer in clear results.

Guided Reading Level: R

 

 

Out of My Mind

by: Draper, Sharon

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she's determined to let everyone know it…somehow.

In this breakthrough story—reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly—from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.

(summary from the publisher)
 
Guided Reading Level: S

 

Pie

by: Weeks, Sarah

From the award-winning author of So B. It, a story about family, friendship, and...pie!

When Alice's aunt Polly passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily surly cat, Lardo...and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice.

Suddenly Alice is thrust into the center of a piestorm, with everyone in town trying to be the next pie-contest winner...including Alice's mother. The whole community is going pie-crazy...and it's up to Alice to discover the ingredients that really matter. Like family. And friendship. And enjoying what you do.

(summary from the publisher)

 

Guided Reading Level: T

 

Rump: the True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

by: Shurtliff, Liesl

In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone's joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she’s right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse.

To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—he just might triumph in the end.

(summary from publisher)
 
Guided Reading Level: T

Sidekicks

by Santat, Dan

215 pages (comic)

Captain Amazing, superhero and savior of Metro City, is getting old. He's out all hours battling arch-villains, catching thieves, and helping little old ladies cross the street. He doesn't even have time for his house full of pets. He needs - a SIDEKICK! Captain Amazing's four pets agree. But each one of them thinks HE should get the sidekick spot - and a chance for one-on-one time with the Captain. Get ready for sibling rivalry royale as pets with superpowers duke it out for the one thing they all want - a super family. A BOLD and BRILLIANT graphic novel romp by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat.

(summary from Publisher)
 
Guided Reading Level: S

A Tale Dark & Grimm

by Gidwitz, Adam

288 pages

Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm (and Grimm-inspired) fairy tales. An irreverent, witty narrator leads us through encounters with witches, warlocks, dragons, and the devil himself. As the siblings roam a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind the famous tales, as well as how to take charge of their destinies and create their own happily ever after. Because once upon a time, fairy tales were awesome. 

(summary by Publisher)

 

Guided Reading Level: Q-R

 

Tricky Vic: the Impossibly True Story of The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower

by Pizzoli, Greg

39 pages

In the early 1900s, Robert Miller, a.k.a. “Count Victor Lustig,” moved to Paris hoping to be an artist. A con artist, that is. He used his ingenious scams on unsuspecting marks all over the world, from the Czech Republic, to Atlantic ocean liners, and across America. Tricky Vic pulled off his most daring con in 1925, when he managed to "sell" the Eiffel Tower to one of the city’s most successful scrap metal dealers! Six weeks later, he tried to sell the Eiffel Tower all over again. Vic was never caught. For that particular scam, anyway. . . .Award-winner Greg Pizzoli’s humorous and vibrant graphic style of illustration mark a bold approach to picture book biography.

(summary from Amazon.com)

Guided Reading Level: W

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

by Jones, Kelly

224 pages

Fans of Polly Horvath or Roald Dahl will love this quirky story of a determined girl, and some extraordinary chickens.Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown feels like a fish out of water when she and her parents move from Los Angeles to the farm they've inherited from a great-uncle. But farm life gets more interesting when a cranky chicken appears and Sophie discovers the hen can move objects with the power of her little chicken brain: jam jars, the latch to her henhouse, the entire henhouse....And then more of her great-uncle's unusual chickens come home to roost. Determined, resourceful Sophie learns to care for her flock, earning money for chicken feed, collecting eggs. But when a respected local farmer tries to steal them, Sophie must find a way to keep them (and their superpowers) safe.Told in letters to Sophie's abuela, quizzes, a chicken-care correspondence course, to-do lists, and more, Unusual Chickens is a quirky, clucky classic in the making.

(summary from the publisher)

Guided Reading Level: N

    

What Were the Salem Witch Trials? 

by Holub, Joan; illustrated by Putra, Dede and McVeigh, Kevin

112 pages

Something wicked was brewing in the small town of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. It started when two girls, Betty Parris and Abigail Williams, began having hysterical fits. Soon after, other local girls claimed they were being pricked with pins. With no scientific explanation available, the residents of Salem came to one conclusion: it was witchcraft! Over the next year and a half, nineteen people were convicted of witchcraft and hanged while more languished in prison as hysteria swept the colony. Author Joan Holub gives readers and inside look at this sinister chapter in history.

(Summary from Amazon.com)

Guided Reading Level: 

 

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

by Lin, Grace

304 pages

In the valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer.                          

(summary from Publisher)

Guided Reading Level: T

 

The Wolves Are Back

by George, Jean Craighead

32 pages

In 1995, wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone Park—first time they had been part of the park’s ecosystem for many years. Although George follows one wolf’s growth from pup to adult, the emphasis here is not as much on the wolves and their habits, but on how their presence has changed the ecosystem and returned its natural balance. In just one example, the wolves drove the elk herds to seek refuge higher in the hills, causing the valley grasses to grow taller, allowing for the return of the Vesper sparrow, which uses the grasses for food and nests. George writes about each of the changes caused by the wolves’ return in simple, rhythmic, informative prose. Adding to the book’s appeal are Minor’s finely detailed illustrations, featuring spectacularly rendered animals in the foreground of the bold, western landscapes. Together the words and pictures make for a highly effective and enjoyable explanation of how the presence of one animal can profoundly affect an ecosystem.

(summary by Todd Morning/Booklist)
 
Guided Reading Level: M
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Battle of the Books FAQ

Battle of the Books Fact Sheet
The Battle of the Books is a fun, literacy-based event for fourth graders that is co-sponsored by the School Library Media Specialists of the South Kingstown Public elementary schools and the Youth Services Librarians of the South Kingstown Public Library.
 
Who may participate?
  • Fourth grade students who attend any public or private school in South Kingstown (SK), even if they reside in another town.
  • The Battle of the Books follows a quiz-show format in which SK fourth graders cooperate to test their memories of 20 children's books by answering specific questions posed by their librarians.
  • Students will work together in mixed teams, each comprised of students from all participating schools.  In this less competitive fashion, each school is well represented on the winning team.
The competition is comprised of several rounds in which a librarian asks a question to each team in turn.  Team members confer with each other before answering.   
 
Where and When is the event?
  • The SK Battle of the Books will be held at the South Kingstown High School Auditorium on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  The event is expected to last for 1½ hours.
The families of the participants must provide transportation to and from the event and parents/guardians should plan to stay and enjoy this exciting evening.  
 
How does a student qualify to participate in the 2017 SK Battle of the Books?
  • A student must read at least 10 of the 20 books on the 2017 Battle of the Books List during her/his fourth grade year. The books may also be read together with family members or others, or listened to on audio recording.
Who chose the books on the SK Battle of the Books list?
  • The librarians of the South Kingstown Public elementary schools and the youth services librarians of the South Kingstown Public Library compiled the list cooperatively.
How may a student keep track of his/her progress in reading the books on the list?
  • Each participating SK School Library will students' progress.  
Homeschoolers or SK residents attending schools outside of South Kingstown may report on their progress at the Peace Dale Library (the main SK Public Library) where a chart will be available for them.
  • Participating students will also be given a Battle of the Books bookmark, which lists the 20 books on the 2017 list.
Where can the students find the books on the list?
  • The books will most likely be available in your school library. Ask your librarian! If you can't find it there, check at any one of the South Kingstown Public Library locations.  Ask a librarian!
  • Peace Dale Library, 1057 Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale; 360-1660
  • Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Rd, Kingstown; 783-8254
  • Robert Beverly Hale Library, 2601 Comm. Perry Hwy, Matunuck, 783-5386