Picture12018 5th Grade Booklist

Divide the following 10 titles among your team members so that someone is responsible for reading each book on the list. Each team member should read 2 different books. You are encouraged to read more than your assigned titles.

Alexander, Kwame – The Crossover

Beatty, Robert – Serafina and the Black Cloak

Bell, Cece – El Deafo

Black, Holly The Iron Trial (Magisterium #1)

Fitzgerald, Laura Marx – The Gallery

Gibbs, Stuart – Belly Up

Holm, Jennifer – The Fourteenth Goldfish

Ryan, Pam Muñoz – Echo

Stead, Rebecca – When You Reach Me

Wolk, Lauren – Beyond the Bright Sea


The Battle of the Books is a program designed to encourage reading and to give recognition to those who like to read. Team members read from a list of books selected by the Children’s Department of the Sewickley Public Library and then competes with other teams by answering questions based on the books. Although one team is awarded first place, we think all of the participants are winners.


Fifth grade students who have a LIBRARY CARD IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY are eligible to participate in the Battle of the Books. Participants should organize their own teams and submit a registration form to the library. Teams may be made up from different schools and neighbors. Each team must consist of five members, an adult team manager and a team name. Five team members are in the competition. A student may only be on one team.


Teams participating in the “BATTLE” will meet at 6:45 PM at Edgeworth Elementary Gymnasium on April 5, 2017. The Battle begins at 7 PM. Each team will be seated in the front of the room. After the moderator reads a question, each team will have time to confer and decide upon the answer to the question. The team captain will write the answer on the paper provided. Answers must be complete and specific. Four points are awarded for the correct response and an additional point is given if the team writes the author’s last name.

Please phone the Children’s Department at the Sewickley Public Library if you have any questions.

The Battle of the Books Program is underwritten by the Friends of the Sewickley Public Library.