Battle of the Books

  • Welcome to

    The Battle of the Books!

    Logo created by Isabella Penn 

    The battle of the books competition will be a virtual competition this year.

    There will be a local virtual event to compete against all teams from OPMS.

    Then there will be a regional virtual event in which your team will compete against other schools in our area.

    On May 19th there will be a virtual event to crown the winning team.


    A book battle is when teams of students read books together and then compete against other teams to see who can remember the most detail from the books they have read. Champion teams take home fabulous prizes!

    Our Battle of the Books is open to all OPMS students. It is up to you to form your own teams of five or fewer students. Each team only needs to register once, as long as all team names are included.

    Click here to register your team.

    Click here to join the Google Classroom for updates (Code: isuaeo7).


    The books for this year are:

      Refugee Cover

    by Alan Gratz

    Three children. Three different countries. Three harrowing stories of survival under the shadow of war. Josef's Jewish family flees Nazi Germany in 1938. Isabel's family braves the ocean in a homemade raft in 1994 in the hopes of a better life in America. And in 2015, Mahmoud's family hopes to find refuge from the war raging in Syria. Each protagonist navigates the uncertainty of leaving behind the only life they've ever known, revealing the fear and heartache associated with being a refugee.

     New Kid Cover   New Kid  (Graphic Novel)
    by Jerry Craft

    Seventh grade African American boy Jordan Banks dutifully travels from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale private Riverdale Academy Day School. As one of the few kids of color in his new school, Jordan feels out of place. He doesn't really fit in with his new classmates, and it begins to feel like his neighborhood friends live in a different world. Jordan finds comfort in his art as he tries to navigate both worlds.
     Al Capone Does My Shirts    Al Capone Does My Shirts
    by Gennifer Choldenko

    In 1935, twelve-year-old Moose and his family move to Alcatraz Island, where his father has taken a job as an electrician for the prison in hopes of sending Moose's autistic sister, Natalie, to a special school in San Francisco. However, Natalie is denied admittance to the school, and her care consumes much of their mother's time. Since his father is always working, Moose's unhappiness and loneliness grow, until he becomes friends with the warden's captivating daughter, Piper. Piper persuades Moose to join her in a scheme to swindle their classmates: "Get your clothes laundered by Al Capone only 5 cents." Although Piper gets Moose is trouble, their friendship also helps Moose through his family difficulties. 
       The Girl Who Drank the Moon The Girl Who Drank the Moon
    by Kelly Barnhill

    Each year, the people of the Protectorate think they must sacrifice an infant to Xan, the witch who lives in the forest. Xan finds the abandoned babies and feels sorry for them, feeding them starlight to keep them healthy and delivering them to good homes on the other side of the forest. One year, though, she accidentally gives one baby moonlight, which imbues her with magic. Xan and her friends, Glerk the wise swamp monster and Fyrian, a tiny dragon, decide to raise the baby—Luna—by themselves. However, just as Luna's magic is emerging prior to her 13th birthday, Xan enters the forest to gather the next baby at the same time a young man from the Protectorate arrives to kill the witch and end the sacrifices. Glerk and Fyrian try to save Xan, but it is up to Luna to protect those who raised her, even if it means the end of the world she knows and loves.
     The Hunger Games The Hunger Games
    by Suzanne Collins

    Winning means fame and fortune. Losing means certain death. The Hunger Games have begun. . . .

    In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
    Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.


    Thank you to Isabella Penn for creating the Battle of the Books logo!