March 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm — Northwood Cafetorium.
March is Reading Month at Northwood. Make a SPLASH and dive into a good book!
The March battle will take place on Wednesday 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
April’s battle books will be introduced and on display at March’s battle event.
March 2013 Northwood Elementary Battle of the Books Selections:
Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent
by Bill Peet
Age Level: 5 and up | Grade Level: K and up | 48 pages
A shark accuses Cyrus of cowardice because he won’t sink any ships. The kindly
sea serpent almost succumbs to peer pressure, but learns at last to be himself.
Magic Tree House #9: Dolphins at Daybreak
by Mary Pope Osborne
Age Level: 6 and up | Grade Level: 1 and up | 67 pages
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling
middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!
IT’S SINK OR SWIM for Jack and Annie when the Magic Tree House whisks them off
to the middle of the ocean. Luckily, they find a mini-submarine on a coral
reef. Unluckily, they are about to meet a giant octopus and one very hungry
shark. Will the dolphins save the day? Or are Jack and Annie doomed to be
The Great Shark Escape
(The Magic School Bus Chapter Book, No. 7)
by Jennifer Johnston
Age Level: 7 and up | Grade Level: 2 and up | 96 pages
What starts as a class trip to the aquarium ends in the depths of the ocean,
where the class has to escape from the jaws of a great white shark. Ms. Frizzle
teaches the class all about different shark species, including the goblin
shark, the angel shark, and the enormous whale shark. The magic School Bus has
never been so deep!
by Robert Louis Stevenson
*Book battle questions will be general enough to accommodate either the
unabridged or any abridge version of this book you may choose to read.
A treasure map where X marks the spot, a schooner set to sail, a onelegged
seaman with a parrot on his shoulder, a boy whose bravery will be tested by
murder, mutiny, and betrayal — Robert Louis Stevenson’s well-loved tale is the
ultimate swashbuckling adventure. Sweeping a path from the sleepy English coast
to the raging high seas to a tropical island concealing a buried treasure, this
story of friendship and greed, loyalty and courage stars an unforgettable cast
of characters: young Jim Hawkins, the terrifying Blind Pew, the wild man Ben
Gunn, and one of literature’s most dastardly villains, the charming, crafty,
and utterly unscrupulous Long John Silver. Superbly illustrated by the
celebrated John Lawrence, this is the definitive edition of an enduring
The Tail of Emily Windsnap
by Liz Kessler
Age Level: 8 and up | Grade Level: 3 and up | 224 pages
A young girl learns she’s half mermaid and plunges into a scheme to reunite
with her father in this entrancing, satisfying tale that beckons readers far
below the waves.
For as long as she can remember, twelve-year-old Emily Windsnap has lived on a
boat. And, oddly enough, for just as long, her mother has seemed anxious to
keep Emily away from the water. But when Mom finally agrees to let her take
swimming lessons, Emily makes a startling discovery — about her own identity,
the mysterious father she’s never met, and the thrilling possibilities and
perils shimmering deep below the water’s surface. With a sure sense of suspense
and richly imaginative details, first-time author Liz Kessler lures us into a
glorious undersea world where mermaids study shipwrecks at school and Neptune
rules with an iron trident — an enchanting fantasy about family secrets, loyal
friendship, and the convention-defying power of love.
Island of Thieves
by Josh Lacey
Age Level: 9 and up | Grade Level: 4 and up | 240 pages
“Only boring people get bored…Interesting people can always find something
to be interested in.” That’s what Tom Trelawney’s father says, anyway. Tom
shouldn’t have been interested in playing with matches but he was…bored. Now
the shed is in ashes and strange Uncle Harvey is the only one willing to have
him stay while his parents vacation.
Tom soon discovers Harvey is going to South America on a treasure hunt and
though nephews aren’t invited, he manages to tag along. Before it’s over he’ll
drive a car, fire a gun and run for his life. Tom realizes that life may be
about following the rules, but survival may be about breaking them.