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“When we pray we speak to God; but when we read, God speaks to us.”
– Saint Jerome

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Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is a school club open to 5th and 6th grade students in Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Arlington.  As we wait for guidance from the Diocese, we may need to begin Battle as Zoom meetings this fall. Please try and get a head start of reading some of the books this summer. There are 16 books on this year’s list representing different genres of literature. TheDiocesan Battle of the Books competition takes place in May 2021, where each school is represented by a team of five students.

The Battle of the Books program is challenging and fun for students who enjoy reading books and competition. Please contact Mrs. Dunlop for additional information about the Battle of the Books.

Battle of the Books – 2020/2021 Reading List

Categories include nonfiction, historical fiction, fantasy, classic, mystery, adventure, realistic fiction and Catholic Librarian Association (CLA) choice.

Page & Company: The Bookwanderers #1 By: Anna James

Song for a Whale By: Lynne Kelly

The Bridge Home By: Padma Venkatraman

Door in the Wall By: Marguerite de Angeli

Five Children and It By: Edith Nesbit

Beetle Boy By: M.J. Leonard

We’re Not From Here By: Geoff Rodkey

Lifeboat 12 By: Susan Hood

Queen of the Sea By: Dylan Meconis

Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans #1   By: Russell Ginns

Wollstonecraft Detective Agency: The Case of the Missing Stone #1 By: Jordan Stratford

The Fabled Life of Aesop By: Ian Lendler

Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio By: Peg Kehret

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story By: Nora Raleigh Baskin

Pay Attention Carter Jones By: Gary D. Schmidt


Mrs. Dunlop, Library

What’s your librarian been reading lately? I’m currently reading “The Book Wanderers” by Anna James, “The Mad Wolf’s Daughter” by Diane Magras and I recently completed “The Door in the Wall” by Marguerite DeAngeli and “We’re Not From Here” by Geoff Rodkey. So far all are excellent!

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