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Prepare for Battle of the Books!

December 6, 2017

Students at Radez will be introduced this year’s Battle of the Books program in early January and can begin to form teams!

The Radez Library, in collaboration with CREST and the Community Library in Cobleskill, organizes this team trivia contest each year to encourage reading.

This year, because of a vacancy for a Children’s Librarian at the Community Library, we are starting a little late but we have kept that altered time frame in mind as we created our book list to ensure students can read the 20 books per team in the allotted time . Our anticipated battle date is April 21, 2017.

If there are any questions about the program contact Laura Gagnon (Radez Librarian) at

The book list is as follows:

3-5th Battle of the Books 2017-18

Alien escape (Geronimo Stilton-Spacemice, Book 1) (Science Fiction) 112 pages

An all-new Geronimo Stilton series spin-off, set in outer space! Meet Geronimo Stiltonix–He is a spacemouse, the Geronimo Stilton of a parallel universe! He is captain of the spaceship MouseStar 1. While flying through the cosmos he visits distant planets and meets crazy aliens. His adventures are out of this world!

The American Revolution, 1776 by Lauren Tarshis(Historical Fiction)  118 pages

This is the newest book in the “I Survived” series. Nathaniel Fox never imagined he’d find himself in the middle of a blood-soaked battlefield, fighting for his life. He was only eleven years old! He’d barely paid attention to the troubles between American and England. How could he, while being worked to the bone by his cruel uncle, Uriah Storch? But when his uncle’s rage forces him to flee the only home he knows, Nate is suddenly propelled toward a thrilling and dangerous journey into the heart of the Revolutionary War. He finds himself in New York City on the brink of what will be the biggest battle yet

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Mystery) 154 pages

Four orphaned children–Henry, Jessie, Violet, & Benny Alden, & Watch their pet watchdog–afraid to go live with their grandfather, set up housekeeping in an abandoned boxcar in the forest. They eventually meet their grandfather, who is a wealthy & kind man.

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White (Classic- Fantasy) 184 pages

Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer’s Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker (Realistic Fiction) 133 pages

As Clementine says, “Spectacularful ideas are always sproinging up in my brain.”All the better for readers who like to laugh. Reminiscent of both Ramona and Junie B. Jones, Clementine is an ingenuous third-grader with a talent for trouble and a good heart.

The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero (Historical Fiction) 325 pages

At the beginning of World War II, Karolina’s spirit magically travels from the war-torn Land of the Dolls to the Krakow, Poland, shop of the Dollmaker, Cyryl, and together they take great risks to save their Jewish friends

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (Fantasy, Fairy Tale retelling) 232 pages

In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown (Fantasy- Humor) 34 pages

After a bulletin board falls on Stanley while he is sleeping, he finds that being flat has its advantages.

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume (Fiction- Humor) 56 pages

Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon’s freckle recipe for fifty cents.

The Getaway by Jeff Kinney (Fiction- School Humor) 217 pages

The newest book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Greg Heffley and his family escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation, but sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous creatures all threaten their vacation.

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine (Non-Fiction Picture book) 40 pages

Includes bibliographical references. A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry “Box” Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.

Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka (Fantasy) 55 pages

Scieszka is pronounced “Schess-ka” FYI. Joe, Fred, and Sam are sent back in time by a magic book, and find themselves face-to-face with giants, dragons, wizards, and the Knights of the Round Table.

Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen (Realistic Fiction) 88 pages

This short and hilarious tale pitches an ordinary preteen with an old riding lawn mower into a dizzying ascent up the financial ladder. His sights set no higher than a new inner tube for his bike, the young narrator is thrilled to make $60 in one day, mowing his neighbors’ lawns. Just as demand for his services skyrockets, he meets Arnold, an honest, home-based stockbroker who becomes his business manager.

Masterminds by Gordon Korman (Science Fiction) 323 pages

Gordon Korman visited our school last year! In this book a group of kids discover they were cloned from the DNA of some of the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological experiment

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo (Humor) 68 pages

To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig she’s a porcine wonder. And to the portly and good-natured Mercy, the Watsons are an excellent source of buttered toast.

The 100th Day of School from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler (School Fiction) 64 pages

It’s H-Day–the 100th day of school for Hubie and his classmates. Mrs. Green decides everybody needs to bring in 100 of something to celebrate. But 100 of what? That’s a problem for Hubie, whose imagination (as always) gets the better of him. One hundred hairs? Push-ups? Secrets? Complaints? What he does come up with is a complete surprise that amazes his classmates and Mrs. Green–and makes Hubie the hero of H-Day!

The 13-story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (Fantasy) 239 pages

Andy and Terry are trying hard to write their next book but they are constantly distracted by the many animals and special rooms in their thirteen story treehouse.

Tornado by Betsy Cromer Byars (Realistic Fiction) 49 pages

When a tornado is sighted, a boy’s family rushes to the storm cellar. Anxious about the father, who’s still in the cornfield, they listen to the storm overhead and to the stories related by their farmhand, Pete, about Tornado, the dog he knew and loved as a boy.

Wild Born by Brandon Mull (Fantasy) 202 pages

In the realm of Erdas, four kids unexpectedly form a bond with the legendary Great Beasts, but they soon learn that this honor comes with the job of defending their world from an evil enemy, the Devourer. Acclaimed author of the Fablehaven series, Mull here offers a new series, Spirit Animals.

Wonder by R.J Palacio ( Realistic Fiction) 315 pages

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.




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