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School Library System - WSWHE BOCES: Battle of the Books

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Battle of the Books


March 12, 2018 (Snow Date March 13, 2018)

Skidmore College Campus (Palamountain Hall)

Books to Read by Grade - 2018



The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

The Ghost of Fossil Glen by Cynthia DeFelice

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

*Phineas L. MacGuire ... Erupts! by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Nurse, Soldier, Spy by Marissa Moss

River of Dreams by Hudson Talbott



The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi

*El Deafo by Cece Bell

Frindle by Andrew Clements

A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis by Matt de la Peña

The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal by Cheryl Harness

Those Rebels, John & Tom by Barbara Kerley

Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy

Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka



The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone

Phineas Gage by John Fleischman

*Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

A Dog's Life by Ann M. Martin

My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen

Dinosaur Mountain by Deborah Kogan Ray

The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin

Elephant Run by Roland Smith

Funny Bones by Duncan Tonatiuh



Escape!: The Story of The Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Blizzard!: The Storm That Changed America by Jim Murphy

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

The Legend of Bass Reeves by Gary Paulsen

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson

*I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai (with Patricia McCormick)

*New Books for 2018

New Books for 2018

Two of Our Reigning Champions - 2017



Steve Sheinkin

Unfortunately, Steve Sheinkin couldn't be at Battle of the Books this year due to a previous obligation, but he made a video for us about his newest book Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team.  Enjoy watching him describe it!

Battle of the Books - March 13, 2017

Battle of the Books Winners - 2017

3rd Grade

1st Place – Hudson Falls Primary

2nd Place – Saratoga Springs – Lake Avenue

3rd Place – South Glens Falls – Harrison Avenue

4th Place – Bolton Central

4th Grade

1st Place – Schuylerville Elementary

2nd Place – South Glens Falls – Harrison Avenue

3rd Place – North Warren Elementary

4th Place – Queensbury – W. H. Barton Intermediate

5th Grade

1st Place – St. Mary’s/St. Alphonsus

2nd Place – Lake George Elementary

3rd Place – Hartford Central

4th Place – Queensbury – W. H. Barton Intermediate

6th Grade

1st Place – St. Mary’s/St. Alphonsus

2nd Place – Hudson Falls Middle School

3rd Place – North Warren Elementary

4th Place – Glens Falls Middle School