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Battle of the Books for High School 2020-2021

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

The Fountains Silence by Ruta Sepetys

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Dig by A.S. King

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

Clap When You by Elizabeth Acevedo

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

The Bones Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Tigers Not Daughers by Samantha Mabry

A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

April 1, 2021

Battle of the Books is a quiz bowl format competition in which all questions come from 15 preselected books. Each high school will bring 1 team (3-5 students) to the district wide competition at Martin Professional Development Center.

The 8th annual HS Battle of the Books will be February 19th, 2021.  Last year was a huge success and we hope you will join our team!  This year will look different than it has in the past.  Knowing that we may not be able to host a face to face competition, we have been thinking of ways that we could still have a fun day. 



  • Adding an art component that would add points to your overall.  Each team will design an art component based on one of the books of their choice

  • This could be a drawing, painting, sculpture, book trailer, spoken word, poem, digital design, rap, song, fashion piece, etc (literally anything that the team feels best represents a book)

  • Rubric will be sent out and Worth up to  20 points 

  • We will still be having the quiz bowl style competition (where a majority of the points will come from)

  • Contingencies

  • If it is safe to be face-to-face and in a large group: Traditional + the art component

  • If we can’t have a large event, but we can be in small groups:  Traditional format BUT virtual via Team + art component

  • If students aren’t in schools/ it isn’t safe to be in small groups: Eliminate traditional style and move to a format where students are competing to answer the most questions in certain amount of time + the art component

Want to join us? Start reading now! You can find many of these books already available at or We will be receiving three copies of every title in October. Simply email to indicate your interest. 

BoB Lower Campus

Battle of the Books for Lower Campus (Middle School) 2020-2021

Becoming Muhammad Ali by Alexander, Kwame & James Patterson

Small Spaces by Arden, Katherine

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Blake, Ashley Herring

The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Braden, Ann

Premeditated Myrtle by Bunce, Elizabeth

Zenobia July by Bunker, Lisa

Be Wary of the Silent Woods by Chmakova, Svetlana

Efren Divided by Cisneros, Ernesto

New Kid by Craft, Jerry

Stepsister by Donnelly, Jennifer

Dress Coded by Firestone, Carrie

When Stars are Scattered by Jamieson, Victoria & Omar Mohamed

For Black Girls Like Me by Lockington, Mariama

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Mbalia, Kwame

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Reynolds, Jason

We're Not From Here by Rodkey, Geoff

Clean Getaway by Stone, Nic

Tune It Out by Sumner, Jamie

Stargazing by Wang, Jen

Other Words for Home by Warga, Jasmine

May 13, 2021

Eight of the books are from last year’s list and there are 12 new titles.  Limitless Libraries will provide each school with 3 physical copies and 2 ebook copies for each of the 12 new titles. 


We have started receiving the new titles and we already have 5 physical copies of the titles from last year’s selection list. Visit our Books2Go at to place holds on the titles you want to read. 

We are looking for a new Battle of the Books logo and we want you students to create it.  Limitless Libraries will host a contest for the new logo.  The winning logo will be printed on BOB 2021 swag and sent out to all students participating in the 05/15/21 Battle of the Books.  Guidelines for the contest are below:


  • One submission per school (We will have run offs within Stratford to find a winner)

  • Artist/creator does not have to be on our BOB team

  • Design should be general enough that the logo can be used for several years (i.e. not specifically tied to this year’s list of books)

  • Logo can be hand-drawn or designed on the computer

  • Can have up to 4 colors

  • Should be submitted as a jpeg file

  • Resolution should be at least 300dpi or higher

  • Details should be designed clear enough to transfer to a variety of formats and sizes

  • Creator or schools should have rights or permission to use any photos used 



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