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Frequently Asked Questions

  • This year’s Battle of the Books will be a series of three virtual Battles and one Final Battle. Each Battle will consist of 20 questions from each of the 10 books. The Final Battle will be an oral Battle consisting of only “in what book” questions, while the three virtual battles will have a mix of questions. The types can be found on our sample question sheet.

  • All registered teams will participate in the first two virtual battles.  Those scores will be added together, and the top half of the teams will advance to the third virtual battle. The results of the third battle will be added to the previous scores, with the top two scoring teams going on to Final Battle.


  • Teams will meet on their own to participate in the Battles. If there is no place a team can meet, contact the library and we can have a space at the library. 


  • All Battles will take place on Thursday afternoons.  Virtual Battles will take place between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm and will be timed. Once the quiz is started, a team will have a set amount of time to finish the Battle. 


  • After registration closes, Team Managers will receive an informational email with login information for a Practice Battle which mimics the time constraints of the upcoming Virtual Battles.


  • Teams do not need to be all together in one place, they just need to be able to communicate with each other to answer the questions. For example, if one team member is going to be out of town, they can call a teammate and be part of the verbal discussion when deciding on an answer.

  • Final Battle to be broadcast live by MCTV. When a team is ready to register, there is a section for the consent of each parent for their child to be filmed. Each parent does not have to fill out this section on their own, the person who is filling out the form can get verbal consent from the parents and fill out the form on the parents behalf. Registration ends January 15.

  • During the Battles, kids are not allowed to have the books with them and are not allowed to look up any answers. Managers are not allowed to help kids answer questions. With the first three Battles being virtual, teams have the option of not being in the same place but still participating in the Battles. Because of this cell phones and other computers are allowed, but again, we trust that teams will not use them to look up answers to questions.

Team Managers


Battle of the Books is a program designed to encourage and reward readers.  Grace A. Dow Librarians choose books that encompass various interests and introduce students to a wide range of literature.  During Battle season, students discuss the books with their teammates, team manager, and other adults, so reading becomes a shared activity.  While reaping the rewards of reading and team building, the students also discover that they have a lot of FUN!


This Battle season kicks off on Monday, December 12 with the release of the booklist and the beginning of online registration. This is the first day that Battle books will be available for checkout.




After the release, students interested in participating in Battle of the Books can form teams of four to six readers, have an adult team manager, and choose a name for their team.  Register your team by Monday, January 23 to participate.  The battles begin in early February and conclude with the championship battle in March. (*Registration is now closed.)

2022-2023 Battle of the Books Schedule

December 12: Library Kick-off
(Online Registration Opens and Books will be available at the Library to check out at 9:00am)


January 23: Last Day of Registration

February 2: Virtual Practice battle for teams

February 9: First Virtual “written “ battle 4:30-5:30pm

February 16: Second Virtual “written” battle 4:30-5:30pm

February 23: Virtual semifinals (for the top half of teams only) 4:30-5:30pm

March 2: Final Battle (time TBD)
Teams will battle in person and be recorded by MCTV)

Sample Questions


The following are some examples of questions asked in written and final battle.

All Championship Battle questions will use the ‘In what book” format.

Not all questions will fall into these precise categories.


1. “Name of important character or significant nickname of a minor character”

Satchel Paige said that he'd given enough nicknames in his life to know a winner. What nickname did he give Nick that he believed was a guaranteed champ?


2. “In what book”

In which battle book do the characters use cheeseburgers as bait?


3. “Comparison with another book(s) on the list”

In KATIE THE CATSITTER, Katie is left in New York while her friends go to Camp Bear Lake. In which other Battle Book is a character left in New York while one of his sisters attends camp?


4. “Important setting or location”

What Battle book takes place in the city of Xanadu?


5. “Give one out of two or more possibilities”

The orchid that Natalie’s mother studied developed after a pipe burst and leaked chemicals into the ground. Name one of the two chemicals that affected the orchids.


6. “Short answer – significant title, event or object”

Give the name of the newspaper that used the phrase, "Your secrets are our business."


7. “Quotation directly from the book”

Name the Battle character who told Gregor, "Mutual need is a strong bond.  Stronger than friendship, stronger than love."


8. “Definition of unique terms or important words”

In FRAMED, you learned that an artist who practiced by painting duplicates of other artists paintings was called a WHAT?​





  1. Hopalong     Tooke     p 28, 32

  2. THE MENAGERIE      Sutherland     p 197

  3. GREAGOR THE OVERLANDER     Collins     p 2-3

  4. THE MENAGERIE     Sutherland     p 3

  5. 1) Cobalt  2) Aluminum      Keller     p 50

  6. The Ghastly Times    Klise     p 24

  7. Ripred (the rat)     Collins    p 220

  8. Copyist   Ponti     p 43



Helpful Hints


  • Listen carefully to the question.  Is it asking for the title of the book or the name of a character?  Did the question ask for both a first and last name?

  • There are 3 ways to answer a question about a Battle character.

    • If the question asks for the first and last name, both have to be correct.

    • If the question asks “Name the Battle character,” you need to give a name such as “Mr. Churchill.”  You may give both the first and last names, but both names need to be correct.  Saying “the owner of the baseball team” rather than a name would not be correct.

    • If the question asks “What Battle character” any identifying name or title would be acceptable.

  • When giving a title, use the complete title as listed on our Battle Booklist, such as “THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS.” Just saying “Breakable Things” is not acceptable.

  • We will not ask for more information if your answer is incomplete.  However, be careful to not give so much information that part of your answer is wrong.

  • Multiple Choice and True/False questions may be used during Written Battles.  Many questions can be written in multiple ways.  For example, Question Number 4 could also have been written as:


TRUE OR FALSE:  True or False:  Logan Wilde lives in the city of Xanadu, Wyoming.


MULTIPLE CHOICE:  In what city does Logan Wilde live?
A) Willoughby; B) Xanadu; C) Yellowstone; D) Zenobia


Being a Battle of the Books team manager is a very important job.  The team manager helps the team work together by dividing up reading responsibilities, helping the team practice, and making Battle of the Books a fun, positive experience. 


As the team manager, it is your responsibility to register your team. Register online by midnight on Monday January 23. Some schools have additional forms to be filled out, so also check with your principal, media staff, or school Battle Coordinator about what is required at your school.


A person can act as team manager for more than one team if they so choose.


When choosing a team name, remember that school names cannot be a part of the team name and that your team name will be listed exactly as it appears on the form.  Your team should also select an alternate name, since team names are given to the first team to submit the registration form to the Youth Services Desk, and your first choice may have already been taken. 


An important part of Battle of the Books is having fun as a team, and there are many ways to accomplish this regardless of how far your team goes in the battles. 


We also encourage you and your team to watch MCTVs taping of the Championship Battle.


The library staff deeply appreciates the hard work and commitment of the team managers who make Battle of the Books possible!




The following hints have been suggested by previous team managers.

Please choose the ones you feel comfortable using.

  • Remember that reading should - first and foremost – be enjoyable, so keep your team’s interest up and the pressure off by planning fun activities related to the books.


  • Let your team members and their parents know what you expect of them in terms of reading and commitment. Have them acknowledge their agreement to these commitments by signing a permission slip.


  • Encourage each team member to read as many books as possible. Some managers divide the books, making each team member responsible for certain books.


  • Make a chart with the book titles across the top and your team members’ names down the side. As each member finishes a title, put a star in the appropriate spot.


  • Keep notes for all of the books with the main characters, the important events, the settings, etc. listed below each title.


  • As your team members read the books, have them write down questions and share them with other team members.


  • Quiz the members periodically for authors’ last names.


  • Read some of the books yourself and discuss them with team members.

  • Emphasize the fact that every participant is a winner. It is important for your team members to learn to win and lose graciously.

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