Battle of the Books

  • Welcome to

    The Battle of the Books!

    Logo created by Isabella Penn 

    As of January 2022, the battle of the books competition will be a mixed virtual and in-person even this year.
    This may change as situations change.

    There will be a local mixed event to compete against all teams from OPMS.
    Students will mostly stay after to compete but can also compete live virtually if desired.

    Then there will be a regional in-person event in which your team will compete against other schools in our area being hosted at Hamburg Middle School during the school day. 

    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: nejfkd).

     

    The books for this year are:

     

    Ground Zero Cover

    Ground Zero 
    by Alan Gratz

    September 11, 2001, New York City: Brandon is visiting his dad at work, on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center. Out of nowhere, an airplane slams into the tower, creating a fiery nightmare of terror and confusion. And Brandon is in the middle of it all. Can he survive -- and escape?

    September 11, 2019, Afghanistan: Reshmina has grown up in the shadow of war, but she dreams of peace and progress. When a battle erupts in her village, Reshmina stumbles upon a wounded American soldier named Taz. Should she help Taz -- and put herself and her family in mortal danger?

    Two kids. One devastating day. Nothing will ever be the same.


    Before the Ever After Cover

    Before the Ever After  (Novel in verse)
    by Jerry Craft

    For as long as ZJ can remember, his dad has been everyone's hero. As a charming, talented pro football star, he's as beloved to the neighborhood kids he plays with as he is to his millions of adoring sports fans. But lately life at ZJ's house is anything but charming. His dad is having trouble remembering things and seems to be angry all the time. ZJ's mom explains it's because of all the head injuries his dad sustained during his career. ZJ can understand that--but it doesn't make the sting any less real when his own father forgets his name. As ZJ contemplates his new reality, he has to figure out how to hold on tight to family traditions and recollections of the glory days, all the while wondering what their past amounts to if his father can't remember it. And most importantly, can those happy feelings ever be reclaimed when they are all so busy aching for the past?


    When Stars Are Scattered Cover

    When Stars Are Scattered (Graphic Novel)
    by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

    Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Life is hard there: never enough food, achingly dull, and without access to the medical care Omar knows his nonverbal brother needs. So when Omar has the opportunity to go to school, he knows it might be a chance to change their future . . . but it would also mean leaving his brother, the only family member he has left, every day.

    Heartbreak, hope, and gentle humor exist together in this graphic novel about a childhood spent waiting, and a young man who is able to create a sense of family and home in the most difficult of settings. It's an intimate, important, unforgettable look at the day-to-day life of a refugee, as told to New York Times Bestselling author/artist Victoria Jamieson by Omar Mohamed, the Somali man who lived the story.


     

    All Thirteen Cover

    All Thirteen: The Incredible Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team (Nonfiction)
    by Christina Soontornvat

    On June 23, 2018, twelve young players of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach enter a cave in northern Thailand seeking an afternoon’s adventure. But when they turn to leave, rising floodwaters block their path out. The boys are trapped! Before long, news of the missing team spreads, launching a seventeen-day rescue operation involving thousands of rescuers from around the globe. As the world sits vigil, people begin to wonder: how long can a group of ordinary kids survive in complete darkness, with no food or clean water? Luckily, the Wild Boars are a very extraordinary "ordinary" group. Combining firsthand interviews of rescue workers with in-depth science and details of the region's culture and religion, author Christina Soontornvat—who was visiting family in Northern Thailand when the Wild Boars went missing—masterfully shows how both the complex engineering operation above ground and the mental struggles of the thirteen young people below proved critical in the life-or-death mission. Meticulously researched and generously illustrated with photographs, this page-turner includes an author’s note describing her experience meeting the team, detailed source notes, and a bibliography to fully immerse readers in the most ambitious cave rescue in history.


    Life as We Knew It Cover

    Life As We Knew It
    by Susan Beth Pfeffer

    In this New York Times best-seller, when a meteor knocks the moon closer to earth, Miranda, a high school sophomore, takes shelter with her family in this heart-stopping post-apocalyptic thriller that's "absorbing from first to last page."* (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

    I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonald’s still would be open. Like one marble hitting another, when the moon slams closer to earth, the result is catastrophic. Worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun.

    As August turns dark and wintery in northeastern Pennsylvania, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

    Told in a year’s worth of journal entries, Life as We Knew It chronicles the human struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all—hope—in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.


     

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