Battle of the Books is a team trivia contest based on books. Teens form teams of no more than five members, read the selected books and prepare to compete in the Battle.
There will be three separate Battles, one for each of the grade levels listed below, and each has its own booklist. Booklists will be revealed Friday, November 28, 2014.
After you look over the booklist, decide how your team is going to split up the books. Is everyone going to read two books? Is everyone going to read all of the books? It's up to you!
6th Grade Battle
7th & 8th Grade Battle
9th – 12th Grade Battle
All Battles will take place at in the Reference Department (2nd Floor) at CLP – Main
and begin at 6:30pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Parking is available on the street
and in the lot behind the library.
Well here it is in a nutshell: You will need to arrive at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main (Oakland) 15 minutes early so you can sign in and set up. Each team will have answer sheets and a pencil. Your Team Manager will be there to cheer you on!
Rounds: There will be four rounds of questions (easy, medium, hard, final round). Every round will have one question from each title on your grade's booklist. The Battle questions will not be interpretive questions. They may relate to a character, the setting, or important events and will have concrete answers. For example: In Rot & Ruin, how old was Benny at the time of "First Night," the zombie apocalypse? Answer – 18 months.
The Battle Moderator will ask each question twice. The Timekeeper will allow 20 seconds for teams to deliberate and write down their answers. After 20 seconds, the Moderator will ask the next question. At the end of each round, the Moderator will announce the correct answers and the Team Scorekeepers will mark how many points were earned.
Scoring: If your team answers correctly you earn 4 points. Your team can earn one bonus point for each question if you include the author's last name as part of your answer. This means each question is potentially worth 5 points. Answers must be specific. The Moderator and Judges will decide if an answer given is correct, and that decision is final. Scores will be shared at the end of each round, so teams may celebrate their effort.
The End: At the end of the rounds, the Judges will tally the final scores. If there is a tie, a lightning round will take place between the tied teams. Once a clear high-scorer has been made, the Battle Moderator will announce the final scores and all teams will be celebrated!