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Winter Battle of the Books

Winter Battle of the Books is a book trivia contest for 5th-6th graders who are cardholders at Longwood Public Library.  Participants read three books, attend three practice sessions, and then compete in teams against one another at the "Winter Battle of the Books" on the fourth week.  Parents and friends are welcome at the final contest.  Registration usually takes place in November; the program takes place in January.  Discover the joy of reading, learning, and competing through this program and other "Battle of the Books" programs.


2018 Winter Battle of the Books:


The books for the 2018 Middle School Winter Battle of the Books are:


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The Island of Dr. Libris Chris Grabenstein A twelve-year-old boy, worried that his parents may divorce, discovers that an island in the middle of the lake where he is spending the summer is the testing grounds of the mysterious Dr. Libris, who may have invented a way to make the characters in books come alive.

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Poached Stuart Gibbs Twelve-year-old Teddy Fitzroy is the prime suspect when FunJungle's newly-acquired koala goes missing, thanks to a prank staged by middle school bully Vance Jessup.

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Slacker Gordon Korman When eighth-grader Cameron Boxer creates the Positive Action Group at school he intends it as a diversion to fool his parents, teachers, and sister into letting him continue to concentrate on his video-gaming--but before he knows it other kids are taking it seriously, and soon he finds himself president of the P.A.G., and involved in community service, so the boy who never cared about anything is now the center of everything, whether he likes it or not.

2017 Winter Battle of the Books:

The books for the 2017 Middle School Winter Battle of the Books were:


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Flunked Jen Calonita When petty thief Gilly, who lives with five younger brothers and sisters in a run-down boot, gets caught stealing, she is sentenced to three months at Fairy Tale Reform School, where all of the teachers are former villains, including the Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen, and Cinderella's Wicked Stepmother.

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Masterminds Gordon Korman A group of kids discovers they were cloned from the DNA of some of the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological experiment.

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Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics Chris Grabenstein Mr. Lemoncello has invited teams from all across America to compete in the first ever Library Olympics...but someone is trying to censor what the kids are reading.

2016 Winter Battle of the Books:

The books for the 2016 Middle School Winter Battle Of The Books were:

Cover Title Author Description
Book Cover A Tale Of Two Castles Levine, Gail Carson Twelve-year-old Elodie journeys to Two Castles in hopes of studying acting but instead becomes apprentice to a dragon, who teaches her to be observant and use reasoning, thus helping her to uncover who is plotting against the ogre County Jonty Um.
Book Cover What We Found In The Sofa (And How It Saved The World) Clark, Henry Finding a rare zucchini-colored crayon leads twelve-year-old River Monroe and his friends on an adventure with their eccentric neighbor to save Earth from invading interstellar storm troopers.
Book Cover From The Mixed Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler Konisburg, E.L. Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home, and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.

2015 Winter Battle of the Books:

The books for the 2015 Middle School Winter Battle Of The Books were:

Cover Title Author Description
Book Cover Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone Rowling, J.K. Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Book Cover Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library Grabenstein, Chris Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.
Book Cover Rump: The True Story Of Rumpelstiltskin Shurtliff, Liesl Relates the tale of Rumpelstiltskin's childhood and youth, explaining why his name is so important, how he is able to spin straw into gold, and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller's daughter-turned-queen.


 2014 Winter Battle of the Books:

Middle School Battle of the Books for Grades 5 & 6:  The books for the 5th & 6th graders were:

The Call The Call Grant, Machael  A seemingly average twelve-year-old learns that he is destined to gather a team of similarly gifted children to try to save the world from a nameless evil, which is threatening to reappear after having been imprisoned for three thousand years.
 Pie Pie Weeks, Sarah   After the death of Polly Portman, whose award-winning pies put the town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania, on the map in the 1950s, her devoted niece Alice and Alice's friend Charlie investigate who is going to extremes to find Aunt Polly's secret pie crust recipe. Includes fourteen pie recipes.
 Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace Marino, Nan   When musical prodigy, Elvis Ruby, completely freezes up on television, he is forced to hide out in the Pinelands of New Jersey and try to find his way back to the music once again with the help of a new friend

 Junior High Battle of the Books for Grades 7 & 8:  The books for the 7th and 8th graders were:

Poison  Poison Zinn, Bridget  When sixteen-year-old Kyra, a potions master, tries to save her kingdom by murdering the princess, who is also her best friend, the poisoned dart misses its mark and Kyra becomes a fugitive, pursued by the King's army and her ex-boyfriend Hal.
The Seventh Level The Seventh Level  Feldman, Joy  Twelve-year-old Travis is invited to become a member of The Legend, Lauer Middle School's most exclusive secret society, but first he must solve seven puzzles.
I Represent Sean Rosen I Represent Sean Rosen   Baron, Jeff  With the help of his "manager," a thirteen-year-old boy sells a movie idea to a major Hollywood studio.

The titles for the 2013 Winter Battle of the Books were:   

Cover Title Author Description
Ungifted Ungifted Korman, Gordon Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special school for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at middle school.
Vanishing Acts Vanishing Acts: A Madison Kincaid Mystery Margolin, Phillip In Portland, Oregon, between soccer games and beginning seventh grade, twelve-year-old Madison Kincaid and new classmate Jake try to track down her missing best friend, while also helping her attorney father solve a missing-persons case.
Between the Lines Between the Lines Picoult, Jodi & Van Leer, Samantha Told in their separate voices, sixteen-year-old Prince Oliver, who wants to break free of his fairy tale existence, and fifteen-year-old Delilah, a loner obsessed with Prince Oliver and the book in which he exists, work together to seek his freedom.

The titles for the 2012 Winter Battle of the Books were:   

Cover Title Author Description
The Lost Hero The Lost Hero Riordan, Rick Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for "bad kids," find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself.
 The True Meaning of Smekday The True Meaning of Smekday Rex, Adam Twelve-year-old Gratuity Tucci has a hard time writing an essay on "The True Meaning of Smekday" due to her complex life after Earth was overtaken by aliens and her mother was kidnapped and taken to Happy Mouse Kingdom in Florida.
 Cosmic Cosmic Cottrell Boyce, Frank Frequently mistaken for an adult because of his mature appearance, 12-year-old Liam tires of the few benefits he's been able to take advantage of as a result and cons his way onto a spaceship for civilians by pretending to be an adult chaperone, a situation that lands him between worlds far from home.
The titles for the 2011 Winter Battle of the Books were:
 Cover  Title  Author  Description
 The Willoughbys The Willoughbys Lowry, Lois In this tongue-in-cheek take on classic themes in children's literature, the four Willoughby children set about to become "deserving orphans" after their neglectful parents embark on a treacherous around-the-world adventure, leaving them in the care of an odious nanny.
 The Grimm Legacy The Grimm Legacy Shulman, Polly New York high school student Elizabeth gets an after-school job as a page at the "New-York Circulating Material Repository," and when she gains coveted access to its Grimm Collection of magical objects, she and the other pages are drawn into a series of frightening adventures involving mythical creatures and stolen goods.
 The Maze of Bones: 39 Clues Book 1 The Maze of Bones: 39 Clues Book 1 Riordan, Rick What would happen if you discovered that your family was one of the most powerful in human history? What if you were told that the source of the family's power was hidden around the world, in the form of 39 clues? What if you were given a choice - take a million dollars and walk away..or get the first Clue? If you're Amy and Dan Cahill, you take the clue - and begin a very dangerous race. 

The titles for the 2010 Winter Battle of the Books were:   

 Cover  Title  Author  Description
The Graveyard Book The Graveyard Book Gaiman, Neil Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.  Winner of the 2009 Newbery Award.
 Peeled Peeled Bauer, Joan In an upstate New York farming community, high school reporter Hildy Biddle investigates a series of strange occurrences at a house rumored to be haunted.
 Scat Scat Hiaasen, Carl Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing.
 The titles for the 2009 Winter Battle of the Books were:   
 Cover  Title  Author  Description
 Schooled Schooled Korman, Gordon  After his hippie grandmother ends up in the hospital, Cap Anderson is forced to leave the commune where he is homeschooled and attend Claverage Middle School, where his odd looks and behavior make him the target of bullies.
 The Wednesday Wars The Wednesday Wars Schmidt, Gary During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of the value about the world he lives in.
 Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time Yee, Lisa After flunking sixth-grade English, basketball prodigy Stanford Wong must struggle to pass his summer-school class, keep his failure a secret from his friends, and satisfy his academically demanding father.


The titles for the 2008 Winter Battle of the Books were:
 Cover  Title  Author  Description
 Sea of Monsters Sea of Monsters Riordan, Rick Demi-god Percy Jackson and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their camp. But first Percy will discover a secret that makes him wonder whether being claimed as Poseidon's son is an honor or a cruel joke.
 First Boy First Boy Schmidt, Gary Dragged into the political turmoil of a presidential election year, fourteen-year-old Cooper Jewett, who runs a New Hampshire dairy farm since his grandfather's death, stands up for himself and makes it clear whose first boy he really is.
 Shakespeare's Secret Shakespeare's Secret Broach, Elise

Named after a character in a Shakespeare play, misfit sixth-grader Hero becomes interested in exploring this unusual connection because of a valuable diamond supposedly hidden in her new house, an intriguing neighbor, and the unexpected attention of the most popular boy in school.


The titles for the 2007 Winter Battle of the Books were:
 Cover  Titles  Author   Description
Flush Flush Hiaasen, Carl With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.
 Princess Academy Princess Academy Hale, Shannon While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.
 The Lightning Theif The Lightning Thief Riordan, Rick Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
The titles for the 2006 Winter Battle of the Books were:
Cover Title Author Description
Al Capone Does My Shirts Al Capone Does My Shirts Choldenko, Gennifer A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.
 Love Among the Walnuts Love Among the Walnuts Ferris, Jean Born and raised in isolation in a wealthy, eccentric family, Sandy is shocked when he, his parents, and their servants become victims of a vicious plot by his greedy uncles to incapacitate them and take their money.
 The River Between Us The River Between Us Peck, Richard During the early days of the Civil War, the Pruitt family takes in two mysterious young ladies who have fled New Orleans to come north to Illinois
The titles for the 2005 Winter Battle of the Books were:
 Cover  Title  Author  Description
 Hoot Hoot Hiaasen, Carl Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.
 Surviving the Applewhites Surviving the Applewhites Tolan, Stephanie Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family's Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had.
 Once Upon a Marigold Once Upon a Marigold Ferris, Jean A young man with a mysterious past and a penchant for inventing things leaves the troll who raised him, meets an unhappy princess he has loved from afar, and discovers a plot against her and her father.
 The titles for the 2004 Winter Battle of the Books were:
 Cover  Title  Author  Description
 Ella Enchanted Ella Enchanted Levine, Gail Carson In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
 Artemis Fowl Artemis Fowl Colfer, Eoin When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.
 Running Out of Time Running Out of Time Haddix, Margaret Peterson When a diphtheria epidemic hits her 1840 village, thirteen-year-old Jessie discovers it is actually a 1995 tourist site under unseen observation by heartless scientists, and it's up to Jessie to escape the village and save the lives of the dying children.