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Battle of the Books

Students Compete in Battle of the Books

Over the last couple of weeks, students of all ages in Onslow County participated in a competition called Battle of the Books. Battle of the Books is a friendly academic competition launched by the NC School Library Media Association to encourage reading a variety of books. Teams from different schools all read the same list of books, meet and discuss them with friends and teachers, and then challenge one another to see who knows more about the reading list.


Students from Parkwood Elementary compete in Battle of the Books
Students from Parkwood Elementary compete in Battle of the Books.  

The competition is offered at the elementary, middle and high school levels, each age group having a unique reading list. To prepare, the county’s youngest readers pored over a list of 15 books, including titles like “Ban This Book” by Alan Gratz, “Found” by Margaret Peterson Haddix, and “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. The books middle school competitors read for the contest, included “The Crossover” by Kwame Alexander, “Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America” by Teri Kanefield, and “White Fang” by Jack London. At the high school level, teams were required to read books like “The Serpent King” by Jeff Zentner, “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas, and “Saints and Misfits” by S.K. Ali. 

Students from Southwest Middle compete in Battle of the Books   Students from Swansboro High School compete in Battle of the Books

                                             Students from Southwest Middle compete in Battle of the Books.                  Students from Swansboro High School compete in Battle of the Books.


 Students worked as a team and individually to test their recall of the books on their respective reading lists. Competitors needed to know the titles of the books questions were referring to, as well as the name of the authors to receive full credit for their answer.  


After all of the excitement and competition, winners were named at each level. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of each level are as follows:  

Hunters Creek Elementary poses with their first place trophy


Elementary School Battle of the Books 

  • 1st Place: Hunters Creek Elementary 
  • 2nd Place: Richlands Elementary 
  • 3rd Place: Dixon Middle School (5th Grade) 

New Bridge Middle School students pose with their first place trophy

Middle School Battle of the Books

  • 1st Place: New Bridge Middle School 
  • 2nd Place: Hunters Creek Middle School 
  • 3rd Place: Dixon Middle School  

Onslow Early College students pose with their first place trophy

High School Battle of the Books 

  • 1st Place: Onslow Early College 
  • 2nd Place: Richlands High School 
  • 3rd Place: Southwest High School 

Congratulations to all winners and a job well done to all who competed!