Pelham students begin prep for Battle of the Books in the autumn

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PELHAM LIBRARY — Preparation for the Battle of the Books is about to begin.

The Battle of the Books is a program where kids read five books over the summer, then do a Jeopardy-like competition next school year on the books they have read. This year, there are about 10 to 15 kids representing the Pelham Public Library.

The fifth-sixth graders are reading a lot of excellent books this year.  The books include:

  1. “Because of Mr. Terupt” by Rob Buyea
  2. “Bud, Not Buddy” by Christopher Paul Curtis
  3. “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library” by Chris Grabenstein
  4. “Gregor the Overlander” by Suzanne Collins
  5. “Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam” by Cynthia Kadohata

To prepare for this event, the leader will ask the participants practice questions. Also, the kids will learn the “art of buzzers” and read the books two to three times each and go to group meetings. The leader talks about the event itself at the meetings, and gives the participants any information needed.

Anyone can come. If you would like to come and support the Pelham team, the big battle takes place on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 8:30 am to 3 pm at Ossining High School.

In the first five rounds, everyone will be participating. Each round consists of about 25 questions. As you go through the course of the competition, the questions will get harder. After the first five rounds, each team chooses the top five players to go on to the final rounds.

In school when you read a book, you do the plot and theme and such. In this competition, competitors go for cold, hard facts. An example for “Gregor the Overlander” might be, “What were the names of Gregor’s two sisters?” If you know the answer, then you would buzz your buzzer and the correct answer would be, “Boots/Margaret and Lizzy.”

Hope to see you all support the team of Pelham at the Battle of the Books.