The Fifth Grade Tournament will be held at the Osborne Elementary School gymnasium on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 7pm.

Team members should arrive by 6:45 pm.

For more information on what to expect at the Battle of the Books, please visit the BoB homepage:

2013 Reading List

Divide the following 15 titles among your team members so that someone is responsible for reading each book on the list. If each team member reads 3 different books, they will all be covered. You are encouraged to read more than your assigned titles. Once you've finished a book, please feel free to leave a comment with your review.

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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Aiken, Joan

Wicked wolves and a grim governess threaten Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia when Bonnie's parents leave Willoughby Chase for a sea voyage. Left in the care of the cruel Miss Slighcarp, the girls can hardly believe what is happening to their once happy home.
Crispin: The Cross of Lead

Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth century England flees his village and meets a larger-than life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.
Night Journeys

In the spring of 1768, two young indentured servants escape into Pennsylvania and receive help from an unexpected source.
The Shakespeare Stealer
Blackwood, Gary

A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare's acting troupe in order to steal the script of "Hamlet," but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.
A Week in the Woods
Clements, Andrew

The fifth grade's annual camping trip in the woods tests Mark's survival skills and his ability to relate to a teacher who seems out to get him.
Gregor the Overlander
Collins, Suzanne

When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
A Search for Wondla
DiTerlizzi, Tony

Living in isolation with a robot on what appears to be an alien world populated with bizarre life forms, a twelve-year-old human girl called Eva Nine sets out on a journey to find others like her. Features "augmented reality" pages, in which readers with a webcam can access additional information about Eva Nine's world.
Green, Tim

Twelve-year-old Josh looks forward to facing a true rival in the Baseball Hall of Fame tournament, but first he and his friends Jaden and Benji put themselves at great risk trying to expose the truth about a conspiracy to bribe the head umpire.
Seaman, The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis & Clark
Karowski, Gail

A retelling of the journey of Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery that highlights Seaman, a 150-pound Newfoundland dog who accompanied the expedition.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
Kelly, Jacqueline

In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather.

Pippi Longstocking
Lindgren, Astrid

Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey--but without any parents--at the edge of a Swedish village.
Shooting Kabul
Senzai, N. H.

Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.
Buried Alive
Skurzynski, Gloria

While their parents study why wolverines are disappearing from Alaska's Denali National Park, Jack and Ashley are stranded in a remote area with their mysterious new foster brother when a hit man's bullet triggers an avalanche.
Stuart Little
White, E. B.

The adventures of the debonair mouse Stuart Little as he sets out in the world to seek out his dearest friend, a little bird who stayed a few days in his family's garden.
Golden Hour
Williams, Maiya

Thirteen-year-old Rowan and his eleven-year-old sister Nina, still bereft by the death of their mother the year before, experience an unusual adventure through time when they come to stay with their two eccentric great-aunts in a small town on the Maine coast.