The February battle will take place on Wedenesday the 13th, 2013 at 6:30 pm in the Northwood Cafetorium. The current month’s book titles and on Sign Up Form are listed below.
• You may read the book alone or have a parent read it with you.
• You may sign up as a team or individually in which we will place you on a team.
• Each battle team may have up to 3-5 team members.
• Parents are asked to volunteer to bring light PEANUT-FREE snacks and/or refreshments to the battle event for participants to enjoy after their battle.
• View complete Battle rules here. For more information, visit:
- Northwood Battle of the Books Informational PDF
March’s Battle books will be introduced and on display at February’s battle event.
February 2013 Northwood Elementary Battle of the Books Selections
Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat & Mitchell Sharmat
Release Date: October 8, 2002 | Age Level: 6 and up | Grade Level: 1 and up |
Series: Nate the Great
Nate, the great detective, and his dog, Sludge, are off to San Francisco!
They’re going to visit Nate’s cousin Olivia Sharp. She’s a detective, too, and
a very busy one.
Olivia isn’t around to solve her case number 22. Her client, Duncan, has lost
his joke book. He tells Nate that if the book isn’t found–and soon–the world
will come to an end. Nate takes the case. He and Sludge cruise up and down and
around San Francisco in the limo, tracking down clues. Sticky, icky clues, big
and small clues, all-around-the-town clues that take them to a pancake house,
over the Golden Gate Bridge, and finally to a place that seems wrong but could
be right. Can Nate the Great keep the world from coming to an end? Can he solve
his first out-of-town case?
Bink and Gollie, Two for One
by Kate DiCamillo & Alison McGhee
Release Date: June 12, 2012 | Age Level: 6 and up | Grade Level: 1 and up |
Series: Bink and Gollie
The state fair is in town, and now Bink and Gollie — utter opposites and best
friends extraordinaire — must use teamwork and their gray matter while
navigating its many wonders. Will the energetic Bink win the world’s largest
donut in the Whack-a-Duck game? Will the artistic Gollie wow the crowd in the
talent show? As the undaunted duo steps into the mysterious tent of
fortune-teller Madame Prunely, one prediction is crystal clear: this unlikely
pair will always be the closest of pals. Get ready for more laughs in this wry,
warmhearted sequel to the New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book Bink
and Gollie, written by the award-winning, best-selling Kate DiCamillo and
Alison McGhee and featuring the exuberant visual humor of illustrator Tony
Room One: A Mystery or Two
by Andrew Clements
Release Date: May 20, 2008 | Age Level: 8 and up
Ted Hammond loves a good mystery, and in the spring of his fifth-grade year,
he’s working on a big one. How can his school in the little town of Plattsford
stay open next year if there are going to be only five students? Out here on
the Great Plains in western Nebraska, everyone understands that if you lose the
school, you lose the town.
But the mystery that has Ted’s full attention at the moment is about that face,
the face he sees in the upper window of the Andersons’ house as he rides past
on his paper route. The Andersons moved away two years ago, and their old
farmhouse is empty, boarded up tight. At least it’s supposed to be.
A shrinking school in a dying town. A face in the window of an empty house. At
first these facts don’t seem to be related. But Ted Hammond learns that in a
very small town, there’s no such thing as an isolated event. And the solution
of one mystery is often the beginning of another.
by Beverly Cleary
Release Date: April 5, 2000 | Age Level: 8 and up | Grade Level: 2 and up
At first, Maggie is just being contrary when she tells her parents she doesn’t
need to learn cursive. Then her teacher, Mrs. Leeper, says Maggie’s cursive is
so untidy her name looks like “Muggie,” and Maggie decides she will
never, never read or write cursive. Nobody can make her. But when Mrs. Leeper
appoints Maggie class mail messenger, the notes Maggie must carry are in
cursive. Maggie can’t read the notes, but she suspects some of them are about
her. Now she really has a problem!
The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate
Release Date: January 17, 2012 | Age Level: 8 and up | Grade Level: 3 and up
Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade,
he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his
domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks
about it at all.
Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an
elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and
how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a
Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see
their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes
with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.
Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable
first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.
The Westing Game
by Ellen Raskin
Release Date: April 12, 2004 | Age Level: 10 and up | Grade Level: 5 and up |
Series: Puffin Modern Classics
This highly inventive mystery involves sixteen people who are invited to the
reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. They could become millionaires—it all
depends on how they play the tricky and dangerous Westing game, a game
involving blizzards, burglaries, and bombings! Ellen Raskin has created a
remarkable cast of characters in a puzzle-knotted, word-twisting plot filled
with humor, intrigue, and suspense.