Battle of the Books

An Invitation to All 6th Graders

To Read with the Battle of the Books Club 2019-20!

When: Every other week TBD during recess and lunch

Where: STM Library

All 6th graders are welcome to become members of STM’s Battle of the Books Club and attend meetings during the school year, as long as you’ve submitted a signed permission form and have read the scheduled book. (You will receive the permission form in August when you return to school.)

To help you prepare for becoming a team member, I am attaching the reading list for the Battle. Please read as many of the books as you want over the summer. This will help when we begin school so you will not feel too overwhelmed with the 15-book assignment. Take good notes and be ready to ask plenty of questions. I hope you like these books as much as I do!

The first four books we will discuss are:
1. Restart by Gordon Korman.
2. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale
3. You Want to Vote, Lizzie Stanton? By Jean Fritz
4. Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley

The library will purchase four copies of each of the selected books for students to sign out on a first-come, first-served basis. We ask students to return books as soon as they finish so others may also sign them out. Copies are also available in your public library as well as on Amazon or any local bookstore. Students who purchase their own books tend to do much better in our discussion group.

I encourage parents to participate by either reading the book along with your child or making sure your child has time to read and comes ready to participate each week. Please contact Mrs. O’Rourke with any questions.

Get ready to share in fun activities and discussions with your classmates! In March 2020, we will choose five members of our group to represent us in the diocesan competition and battle 28 other schools in an “It’s Academic” type setting. We will all go along to cheer on our teammates. It is both exciting and fun to see what all of us have learned during the year.

Again, please read ahead and use your time wisely! I look forward to seeing all of you in August. Have a blessed and peaceful summer.

Sincerely,

Mrs. O’Rourke, Librarian, morourke@stmschool.org