Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Do we compete against teams from the same grade?
A: No, the teams are mixed from grades 6 through 8. You choose your partner of any middle school grade.
Q: Do we get to use notes or have our books with us?
A: No, you only get to use your reading skills and your memory.
Q: Do both team members have to read all the books?
A: The better answer is that you get to read all the books! (Of course, you should read all the books.)
Q: What kinds of questions are asked?
A: All of the questions are detail and fact-based. Questions are categorized as easy, medium, and hard. Anything written in the book, on any page, is something that could be asked. We could even ask you the publication date, if we wanted to.
Q: Does spelling matter for written answers.
A: You should do your best; when there is doubt, it is up to the judge to decide. The judge's decisions are final.
Why and How
Why Battle of the Books?
...to promote literacy throughout KIS Middle School
...to encourage our students to read for pleasure
...to have our students read books they would not normally choose
...to build school-wide excitement about books
...to encourage reading as a life-long habit
How Do You Choose the Titles?
...we choose different genres (fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, history, etc.)
...we choose for all reading levels
...we choose interesting books
...we choose topics that you might not know much about
...we choose award-winners and nominees
Battle Bundle Reveal Video 2018
2018 Battle of the Books
2018 Battle Registration Form
2018 Battle of the Books Theme
From Many, One KIS
Title choices revealed! (Until then, it shall remain a mystery)
November 27 - December 14
Form your team, decide on a team name, and register your team for the Battle!
Book packs released to students.
Battle of the Books Dates
Round 1, Monday, January 22
Your team will be randomly assigned to a classroom for the Round 1 competition. There will be four or five teams per room.The winning team from each room (the team with the highest number of points) from Round 1 will compete on Tuesday.
Round 2, Tuesday, January 23
There will be three rooms with three teams in each. The competition style will be the same as Round 1. The winning team from each room in Round 2 moves on to the final round on Thursday, January 25, which is held in the PAC.
In Rounds 1 and 2, the teacher in the room will ask a question, and then each team will have a moment to write their answer on a small white board. If a team gets the answer correct, they earn points. If they are incorrect, they earn no points. The team with the highest number of points from each room moves on to the next round. During Rounds 1 and 2, you are only in competition with the teams in your assigned classroom.
Round 3, Thursday, January 25
Is held in the PAC. Teams are on stage and have buzzers. Mrs. Green will ask questions. After each question, the first team to "buzz in" gets to answer. If they are correct, they earn their points. If they are wrong, they lose points. Then the other teams get a chance to respond. The entire middle school will attend the final round, cheering the three remaining teams. There will be judges on stage as well and the decisions of the judging team are final.