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Adult Battle of the Books

The 2020 Adult Battle of the Books has been cancelled

Gather your team of 3–5 competitors and get ready to read and answer questions about the titles on this year’s list. 


Team Registration starts January 15. Registration is $40 per team. Ages 18+.

2020 Registration Form


The Battle will take place Friday, April 24 at 6:30 pm in the Orchard Room.

2020 Battle Books

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The City of Brass
by S. A. Chakraborty

Con artist Nahri knows the tricks she uses to swindle nobles in 18th-century Cairo are simple sleight of hand — not magic. But when she accidentally summons a djinn warrior, she discovers she holds a connection to intrigue in a magical city she never knew existed.

Also available in eBook

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Halsey Street
by Naima Coster

Returning to Brooklyn to look after her ailing father, Penelope Grand contends with a neighborhood made unfamiliar by gentrification and an invitation from her estranged mother to visit her in the Dominican Republic.

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
by Jonathan Safran Foer

Meet Oskar Schell, nine years old, pursuing an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission? To find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Also available in eBook , Audiobook, and eAudiobook

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Have You Seen Luis Velez?
by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Raymond Jaffe feels he doesn't belong anywhere. After his best friend moves away, he has only two real connections: to the feral cat he's tamed, and to a blind 92-year-old woman in his building who introduced herself with a curious question: "Have you seen Luis Velez?"

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by Connie Willis

Sandra studies fads — how they start and what they mean. A misdelivered package leads to a joint research project with Bennett, a chaos theorist studying monkeys. The two researchers endure a series of setbacks, heartbreaks, and disasters before they find their ultimate answer.

Also available in eBook

2020 Rules of Play

Competition will consist of 50 questions, asked in random order. All teams will have the opportunity to answer all questions. Each question will be read twice and displayed on a screen during deliberations.  
Each team will have 30 seconds to discuss and write an answer. Teams may not use any outside assistance to answer questions; all books, notes, and electronic devices must be stowed away. 
Each correct answer is worth 1 point. Incorrect answers have no value. There is no partial credit for partially correct answers. Judges will evaluate answers and award points based upon that evaluation. The judges’ evaluation is final. Failure to completely write an answer in the allotted time will result in forfeiture of the point. Written answers must be legible. 
The highest score at the end of 50 questions determines the 1st and 2nd place teams. In the case of a tie for first or second place after 50 questions, the tied teams will compete in a sudden-death face off. The tied teams will have the opportunity to correctly answer a one-point tiebreak question. 
In case of postponement for inclement weather or other outside causes, the rescheduled date for Battle will be May 1.

The Battle is on! April 24 at 7pm 
in the Orchard Room … Have fun!