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School Activities

Battle of the Books

What is Battle of the Books? 
Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading program available in schools throughout the Diocese of Arlington. Students engage in a variety of activities and discussions about books to enhance their understanding and appreciation of literature. A pre-selected book is discussed in detail every week. Students are expected to read the book prior to discussion. Typically, two books a month will be reviewed. 

Who can participate? 
Battle of the Books is open to all students in Grades 5 and 6. 

When will we meet? 
From September 15 until October 27, we will meet each Tuesday after school from 3:15-4:15 p.m.  Beginning November 4, we will meet each Wednesday after school from 3:15-4:15 p.m. Please click here for the tentative meeting schedule.

What books will we read? 
All participants in the Diocese read the same books. There are 15 books on this year’s list representing different genres of literature. The complete list is listed below. Please begin reading the books as soon as possible. As you read a book, you might find it helpful to jot the names of the main characters and a few details about the story on an index card to help you remember when we begin discussing that particular book. 

Where do I get the books? 
The books chosen for the program are commercially available. Our school library has some but not all of the titles on this year’s reading list. Please check your local public library or used book store to find copies of the books. 

The Battle: 
In May, a team of five students representing our school will participate in an annual Battle of the Books competition against several other schools in the Diocese. During the competition, teams are asked a series of oral and written questions about the books in an effort to score points. The team scoring the highest number of points wins the "battle" and is awarded the Battle of the Books banner for their school.

Additional Questions? 
If your questions were not answered above, please see the FAQ sheet by clicking here. If you have any further questions, please contact Ms. Rayhel at

Battle of the Books Reading List for 2015-2016

I Am Malala (Young Readers Edition) by Malala Yousafzai
The Snow Baby by Katherine Kirkpatrick

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
Masterpiece by Elise Broach & Kelly Murphy

The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson & Garth Williams

Leepike Ridge by N.D. Wilson
Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman

Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai
Ungifted by Gordon Korman

Countdown by Deborah Wiles
Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas

Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry


Ms. Elizabeth Rayhel