Roosevelt MS team wins Battle of the Books

Middle schoolers in Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 showed off their reading knowledge at the districtwide Battle of the Books.

Oak View Middle School students Amber Mattson (left), Isabella Khambounmy and Rebekah Polverari of the Purple Pancake Eating Polar Bears confer before answering a question. Mattson said she read each book twice. Photo by Kelly Johnson

Oak View Middle School students Amber Mattson (left), Isabella Khambounmy and Rebekah Polverari of the Purple Pancake Eating Polar Bears confer before answering a question. Mattson said she read each book twice. Photo by Kelly Johnson

The event, which for the first time included students from all of the district’s middle schools, was held March 21 at Oak View Middle School in Andover.

Students formed their own three-person teams and started reading in October.

The reading list included 23 books that were Maud Hart Lovelace book award nominees.

“They’re reading books that are outside the genre they would normally read,” said Julie Scullen, teaching and learning specialist.

“It starts a conversation about what kids are reading,” she said. “The excitement about reading just spreads.”

The winning team was Lilly Gale, Sophia Kassela and Keely Schultz of the Page Turning Tornadoes from Roosevelt Middle School.

Those participating in the districtwide Battle of the Books include:

Anoka Middle School for the Arts, Fred Moore campus students of Jacob Schimetz, Jonah Schmitz and Allison Tieman of the Magical McFailures; and Emma Butzer, Morgan Dargis and Maddy Fragale of the Book Runners.

Anoka Middle School for the Arts, Washington campus students Precious Lo, Ella Skarphol and Mercedes Spande of R.E.D.; and Sage Ftacek, Max Lohse and David Sullivan of Waco Taco.

Coon Rapids Middle School students Abby Bautch, Julia Beczkarlo and Viktorie Menna of the Bookie Monsters; Sabrina Gonzalez, Madisyn Haukland and Leah Mau of the Sparkly Ninja Geckos; and Alexis Brooks, Timothy Line and Hannah Yang of the The Girl Gang Plus One Guy.

Jackson Middle School students Emily Miller, Paige Nygaard and Samantha Woolley of 6 Angry Birds; Savannah Hickel, Anthony Noe and Porter O’Connell of Awesomer Banana Lightning; and Kelly Hargrave, Aaron Kilyun and Brendan Splinter of JMS Super Readers.

Oak View Middle School students Josie Berg, Lizzy Karp and Carly Reller of the Cocoa Monkeys; Riley Fletcher, Bryana Leverentz and

David Miller of the Funkay Munkays; Isabella Khambounmy, Amber Mattson and Rebekah Polverari of the Purple Pancake Eating Polar Bears; and Taylor Heifort and Greta Wiederhold of the African Grape Bananas.

Roosevelt Middle School students Anastasia Heule, Megan Mann and Selena Garcia of the Royal Readers; Lilly Gale, Sophia Kassela and Keely Schultz of the Page Turning Tornadoes; and Alex Masloski, Tim Schnaidt and Michael Smith of the MW3’s.

The following Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award nominees are the assigned books District 11 Battle of the Books:

“100 Days and 99 Nights” by Alan Madison

“Getting Air” by Dan Gutman

“Melonhead” by Katy Kelly

“Captain Nobody” by Dean Pitchford

“Listen!” by Stephanie S. Tolan

“No Girls Allowed (Dogs Okay)” by Trudi Trueit

“Dragon in the Sock Drawer” by Kate Klimo

“Magic Half” by Annie Barrows

“Please Write in This Book” by Mary Amato

“Football Genius” by Tim Green

“Dyamonde Daniel” by Nikki Grimes

“The Puzzling World of Winston Breen” by Eric Berlin

“Anything But Typical” by Nora R. Baskin

“Brooklyn Nine” by Alan Gratz

“The Juvie Three” by Gordon Korman

“Stolen Children” by Peg Kehret

“Elephant Run” by Roland Smith

“Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow” by Jessica Day George

“The Maze Runner” by James Dashner

“Wednesday Wars” by Gary D. Schmidt

“Matched” by Ally Condie

“Riding Freedom” by Pam Munoz Ryan

“And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie

Kelly Johnson is at kelly.johnson@ecm-inc.com

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