Battling it out over the written page, 19 teams of middle school book lovers competed in the districtwide Battle of the Books March 31.
During the competition, a series of random questions about 25 young adult books are posed to team members who have 30 seconds to provide the correct response.
After 32 grueling rounds, the Random Colorful Tigers came out on top – but only after besting the Book Crooks from Coon Rapids Middle School during an 11-round, nail-biting final skirmish.
Oak View Middle School students Maddie Brurud, Kierra Primus, and Sierra Hinkel are the Random Colorful Tigers. For their first-place 2014 Battle of the Books prize, the girls took home bragging rights – and a travelling trophy for their school’s trophy case.
All students competing in the districtwide battle were given medals and a certificate signed by Dr. Jinger Gustafson, District 11’s associate superintendent for middle schools.
In order to compete in the Battle of the Books, Anoka-Hennepin middle school students read a list of 25 books.
That’s right, beginning last fall, 25 books were read – 20 of them nominated for the Maud Hart Lovelace award plus seven or eight additional books chosen by teachers.
But they didn’t just read the books. They memorized character traits, story lines, plot twists and subtle innuendos.
Then, teams were formed and each middle school staged its own competition to determine which teams would advance to the championship round.
Nineteen teams representing each of Anoka-Hennepin School District’s seven middle schools (Coon Rapids, Jackson, Northdale, Oak View, Roosevelt, and two campuses of Anoka Middle School for the Arts) competed March 31 in the fourth districtwide Battle of the Books.
The competition is the brainchild of Julie Scullen, teaching and learning specialist for secondary reading in District 11.
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