Battle of the Books


    The Battle of the Books (BOB) Team is a group of no more than twelve students who read and reread books chosen by the North Carolina School Library Media Association (NCSLMA).  The tryout list is shared on this website in May for the following school year.  Students take a test based on the tryout books in September or October.  The students with the top twelve scores on the test become the BOB Team.  The BOB Team meets once a week in the fall and twice a week in January and February to get ready for a one-day competition at the end of February with other middle schools in the county.  

    NCSLMA Middle School Battle of the Books List




    Eoin Colfer

    The Bitter Side of Sweet

    Tara Sullivan

    Black Brother, Black Brother

    Jewel Parker Rhodes

    City Spies

    James Ponti

    The First Rule of Punk

    Celia C. Peréz

    Healer of the Water Monster

    Brian Young

    House Arrest

    K. A. Holt

    **I Am Malala

    Malala Yousafzai

    Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

    Dusti Bowling

    A Night Divided

    Jennifer A. Nielsen

    The Ruins of Gorlan

    John Flanagan

    To Night Owl from Dogfish

    Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer


    Lisa Fipps

    The War that Saved My Life

    Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

    When Stars Are Scattered

    Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

    ***The Shape of Thunder

    Jasmine Warga

    **--Young Readers Edition with Patricia McCormick

    ***--Student Choice Selection