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Eden Hall Students Foster a Love of Reading Through Battle of the Books

March 19, 2024five girls sit in a circle in the gymnasium and clap


Eden Hall’s bookworms united over three nights in late February and early March as they engaged in Battle of the Books, a competition designed to encourage reading and to give recognition to those who enjoy reading.


Led by co-directors Mrs. Elizabeth Shenefiel and Mrs. Christina Strine, Battle of the Books kicked off in early December when students attended kick-off meetings, formed grade-level teams of 3-5 participants and selected a team manager. Students were then tasked with spending the next couple of months reading from a list of 8-10 books selected by the Battle of the Books Committee in preparation for battle night.


In advance of the battle, students were required to create a team poster to display on battle night. Students were also encouraged to plan team outfits. Northern Tier Regional Library hosted two events for students to create screen-printed t-shirts and buttons and work on their team posters.


On battle night, students were prepared to answer trivia questions about each book. Students also were required to memorize each author’s name with correct spelling. Battle night included three rounds of questions with one question per book per round. At the conclusion of each grade’s battle night, the top three teams were revealed.


“Battle of the Books has become an event that students in all three grade levels look forward to every year,” said Mrs. Strine. “The enjoyment and excitement we see from all the participants as they read great literature and work together as a team shows the value of this program.” 


Congratulations to our top three teams in each grade!


Fourth Grade

    1. The Winning Bobliophiles
      Max H., Hans S., Siddharth S. Mirabel F., Karrington M.
    2. Book Warriors
      Krish K., Araadh T., Zehra F., Ayaan B.
    3. The Bookworms
      Henry J., Anderson P., Toby J., Jameson M., Grayson M.

Fifth Grade

    1. Book Bandits
      Francesca D., Kiersten S., Addison N., Emma D., Ava P. 
    2. The Bookmarks
      Sahasra M., Maddy R., Sarah M., Jaya A., Jeeya U.
    3. The Lord of the Books
      Shyloh R., Neel D., Shivum A., Ayden R., Kabir S.

Sixth Grade

    1. The Word Wolves
      Faith C., Tyler O., Penny R., Jackson W., Jonas W.
    2. Spinecrackers: The Final Chapter
      Carter G., Austin H., Blake L., Reed S., 
    3. Literary Legends
      Luke G., Jackson L., Aarav P., Aiden R., Abhaya T.

“We are thankful for the support we have received from our staff, administrators, and community partners in making Battle of the Books successful year after year,” said Mrs. Strine.


collage of photos from Battle of the Books


Grade 4 Titles

  • Future Hero: Race to Fire Mountain by Remi Blackwood
  • CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington
  • Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen by Candace Fleming*
  • Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
  • Tee Time on the Moon: How Astronaut Alan Shepard Played Lunar Golf by David A. Kelly
  • Mystery on Magnolia Circle by Kate Klise
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  • Nick and Tesla and the High-voltage Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder

Grade 5 Titles

  • Lions and Liars by Kate Beasley
  • The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown
  • Maya and the Robot by Eve L. Ewing
  • We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead*
  • Click by Kayla Miller
  • Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo
  • Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade
  • Million Dollar Race by Matthew Ross Smith
  • My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian

Grade 6 Titles

  • The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin
  • Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  • King of the Bench: No Fear by Steve Moore
  • The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat
  • Brave Like That by Lindsey Stoddard
  • Concrete From the Ground Up by Larissa Theule
  • Long Lost by Jacqueline West*

*Voted as that grade’s favorite selection