MIDDLE SCHOOL BATTLE OF THE BOOKS OVERVIEW
Students in grades 6-8 interested in participating in the Middle School Battle of the Books can form teams of one or two people. Each team member must register separately using the Google form.
The Battle season kicks off on Monday, February 5, with the release of the booklist and the beginning of online registration. This is the first day Battle books will be available at the Library to checkout. Registration must be completed by Monday, March 18, to participate.
The first Battle will be conducted virtually and can be completed during a 3-day window in early April. (All individuals and 2-person teams who participate in the Virtual Battle will receive a Battle t-shirt!)
On April 16, there will be an in-person Semifinal/Qualifying Tournament at the Library to decide which teams will advance to the final battle round. The top 3 individuals and the top 3 teams from that Battle will advance to the Championship on Thursday, April 25.
**NEW THIS YEAR: The Library will now be offering bigger prizes and recognition for participants! The top-performing individuals and teams will receive prizes and commendations, enhancing the overall experience for the students. Prizes include:
1st place: $250 for their school library to purchase new books
2nd place: $150 for their school library to purchase new books
*Participation Award: The school with the highest participation rate receives $100 for book purchases
Battle of the Books Trophy for Teams: Engraved with the winning team's name and school, residing at the winning team's school until the next Battle of the Books program.
Additionally, the Library plans to do a special presentation of the check and/or Trophy with the winning team in front of the school or their classmates, recognizing their hard work and alignment with the school's commitment to academic excellence.
2024 Middle School Battle of the Books Schedule
February 5: Online Registration Opens
March 18: Online Registration Ends
April 1 - 7: Online Practice Battle (Open all week)
April 8 - 10: First Virtual Battle
April 16: In-person Qualifying Tournament & Battle Celebration
April 25: In-person Final Battle (Recorded by MCTV)
RULES AND INFORMATION
Participants can work independently or with one other person. The maximum size of a team is 2 people.
Middle School Battle is different from 4th and 5th-grade battles. All participants will compete in 2 battles. No teams will be eliminated until the in-person qualifying tournament. The top 3 individuals and top 3 teams with the highest scores will advance to the final battle. If you don't do well in the first battle don't give up, there is still one battle that will factor into your final score.
If you don't make it to the final battle we encourage you and your team to watch MCTV's taping of the Championship Battle!
HELPFUL HINTS FOR PARTICIPANTS
Remember, reading should - first and foremost – be enjoyable!
Read all 5 books so you can be ready for battle!
Keep notes for all of the books with the main characters, the important events, the settings, etc. listed below each title.
As you or your teammate read each book write down questions and share/quiz each other.
Every participant is a winner.