Battle of the Books Titles

Last Updated: 7/21/2020 6:14 PM

What is the Battle of the Books?

The Battle of the Books is an independent reading incentive program for students in 4th and 5th grades in which teams of students read books and answer questions about the books they have read. Students should be working on building their reading comprehension as they read. They will later compete as teams to see who can recall the most about the books they read.  Students compete at the school level, and then a group of six students will be chosen to compete at the District level as part of Harmony's All-Star Team. The purpose of the Battle of the Books is to encourage students to read good books and have fun competing with peers. Also, students are introduced to different genres of books that they might not normally read. 

Fourth Grade Titles (2020-2021)

Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey (DRA 34)

The Bad Guys, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha, want to be heroes, and they decide that the way to do it is to free the 200 dogs in the city dog pound--but their plan soon goes awry. 

Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord (DRA 40)

On the last night of summer, Emma and her Maine game warden father rescue a small domestic rabbit stuck in a fence; the very next day Emma starts fifth grade after years of being homeschooled, excited and apprehensive about making new friends, but she is paired with Jack, a hyperactive boy, who does not seem to fit in with anyone--except that they share a love of animals, which draws them together, because of the rabbit.

Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead (DRA 40)

Visiting her grandmother in Australia, Livy, ten, is reminded of the promise she made five years before to Bob, a strange, green creature who cannot recall who or what he is.

Chocolate Touch by Patrick Catling (DRA 30)

A boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate.

Dear Levi: Letters from the Overland Trail by Elvira Woodruff  (DRA 40)

Twelve-year-old Austin Ives writes letters to his younger brother describing his three-thousand-mile journey from their home in Pennsylvania to Oregon in 1851.

Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley (DRA 40)

Fifth-grader Frederick is sent to a disciplinary camp where he and his terrifying troop mates have just started forging a friendship when they learn a Category 5 hurricane is headed their way. 

Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts (DRA 50)

Kizzy Ann Stamps is nervous about starting at a new school that was just integrated, and wonders if she and her dog Shag will be allowed to compete in a herding competition because she is African-American.

Stranger Next Door by Peg Kehret (DRA 50)

A clever cat's heroism helps two twelve-year-old boys become friends after their families, one of which is in a witness protection program, move to neighboring houses in Hilltop, Washington.

Wild Robot by Peter Brown (DRA 40)

Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.

Wish by Barbara O'Connor (DRA 40)

Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.

5th Grade Titles (2020-2021)

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix (DRA 50)

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.

Captain Nobody by Dean Pitchford (DRA 40)

When ten-year-old Newton dresses up as an unusual superhero for Halloween, he decides to keep wearing the costume after the holiday to help save townspeople and eventually his injured brother.
City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (DRA 60)
In the city of Ember, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (DRA 60)
"Ally's greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn't know how to read."

Front Desk by Kelly Yang (DRA 40)

Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (who was an engineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers and other recent immigrants--not to mention being only one of two Chinese in her fifth-grade class, the other being Mr. Yao's son, Jason.  

Mission Unstoppable: The Genius Files by Dan Gutman (DRA 50)

On a cross-country vacation with their parents, twins Coke and Pepsi, soon to be thirteen, fend off strange assassins as they try to come to terms with their being part of a top-secret government organization known as The Genius Files.

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty 

A lightning strike made Lucy, twelve, a math genius but, after years of homeschooling, her grandmother enrolls her in middle school and she learns that life is more than numbers.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Elanor Coerr (DRA 40) 

Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.

Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963: A Novel by Christopher Paul Curtis (DRA 50)

The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African-American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui Sutherland (DRA 60)

Determined to end a long war among the seven dragon tribes, the Talons of Peace draws on a prophecy calling for a great sacrifice, compelling five dragonets to fulfill a painful destiny against their will.

Third Grade Battle of the Books

Our fourth and fifth grade Battle of the Books competition is district level where students compete against other schools in Oldham County. Our third-grade competition is only held at Harmony amongst the third-grade classes. The reading competition in which teams of students read books, write questions, and later answer questions about the books they have read. Students should be working on building their reading comprehension as they read. They will later compete as teams, first in their classroom and then among other teams from their grade level, to see who can recall the most about the books they read.

Third Grade Titles (2020-2021)

The Notebook of Doom: Rise of the Balloon Goons by Troy Cummings (DRA 30)

Alexander has just moved into Stermont, but the elementary school is being torn down, his new classroom is located in the hospital morgue, a notebook he finds is full of information about monsters--and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him.

Jake Drake, Bully Buster by Andrew Clements (DRA 34)

Jake faces the challenge of cooperating with the school bully on a class project. 

The Stories Julian Tells  by Ann Cameron (DRA 30 )

Julian, that quick fibber, and wishful thinker is great at telling stories. He can make people — especially his younger brother, Huey — believe just about anything. Like the one about the catalog cats that come in the mail. Or the fig leaves that make you grow tall if you eat them off the tree.  But some stories can lead to a heap of trouble, and that's exactly where Julian and Huey end up all too often! Julian loses a tooth, tries to grow taller, makes a new friend, eats too much pudding, and plants a garden. In this beginning chapter book, mischief, magic, and little brothers are all part of growing up. And Julian's warm and loving family provides the perfect place for doing just that!

Amber Brown is Not a Crayon  by Paula Danziger (DRA 30)

Amber Brown and Justin Daniels are best friends. They've known each other for practically forever, sit next to each other in class, help each other with homework, and always stick up for each other. Justin never says things like, "Amber Brown is not a crayon." Amber never says, "Justin Time." They're a great team — until disaster strikes. Justin has to move away, and now the best friends are fighting. Will they be able to work it out before it's too late?

Horrible Harry and the Green Slime  by Suzy Kline (DRA 20)

This hilarious chapter book features Horrible Harry, a naughty student who plays pranks with nearly catastrophic results, but can still end up a good friend.  This book follows the school activities of Harry and Doug as they participate in a secret mission to celebrate “Charlotte’s Web,” learn how to make green slime, and put on a skit warning about the dangers of smoking. 

Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion by Suzy Kline (DRA 20)

It's a busy time in Room 2B — an ant observation project is beginning, Miss Mackle is teaching square dancing, and class pictures are being taken. Then one of the fish from the 2B fish tank goes belly-up! Is Harry to blame?

Lucy on the Loose by Ilene Cooper (DRA 20)

Bobby is so proud of his puppy Lucy. She's a terrific friend and a great dog. So when a local store has a pet contest, he happily enters Lucy in it. But it turns out the pet that wins the contest may be featured on TV — with its owner! Bobby is shy. He doesn't like attention. But can he face the spotlight . . . for Lucy?  In this heartwarming story of a boy and beagle's friendship, Ilene Cooper once again charms young readers and dog lovers alike.