April 24th, 2013 at 6:30 pm — Northwood Cafetorium.
The April battle will take place on Wednesday the 24th, 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
May’s battle books will be introduced and on display at April’s battle event.
April 2013 Northwood Elementary Battle of the Books Selections
Age Range: 6 and up | 64 pages
Bobby changes from an “”easy out”” to a game-winning hitter
with the help of a friend and a lot of hard work.
Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie
by Julie Sternberg
Age Range: 8 – 10 years | 128 pages
I had a bad August.
A very bad August.
As bad as pickle juice on a cookie.
As bad as a spider web on your leg.
As bad as the black parts on a banana.
I hope your August was better.
I really do.
When Eleanor’s beloved babysitter, Bibi, has to move away to take care of her
ailing father, Eleanor must try to bear the summer without Bibi and prepare for
the upcoming school year. Her new, less-than-perfect babysitter just isn’t up
to snuff, and she doesn’t take care of things like Bibi used to. But as the
school year looms, it’s time for new beginnings. Eleanor soon realizes that she
will always have Bibi, no matter how far away she is.
Written in a lyrical style with thoughtful and charming illustrations
throughout, this remarkable debut novel tells a poignant story of friendship
and the bittersweet feelings of growing up.
Age Range: 8 and up | 160 pages
What do you do when your new best buddy has been designated a scourge by the
community and marked for imminent extermination? Just ask Kenny Rabbit. When
the simple folks in the sleepy little village of Roundbrook catch wind that
there’s a dragon running loose in the countryside, they get the wrong idea and
the stage is set for a fight to the death. So it’s up to Kenny to give his
neighbors front-row seats to one of the best-known battles in history — the
legendary showdown between St. George and the dragon — without losing a friend
in the fray.
by Andrew Clements
Age Range: 8 and up | 112 pages
Is Nick Allen a troublemaker?
He really just likes to liven things up at school — and he’s always had plenty
of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words
are created, suddenly he’s got the inspiration for his best plan ever…the
frindle. Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle?
Things begin innocently enough as Nick gets his friends to use the new word.
Then other people in town start saying frindle. Soon the school is in an
uproar, and Nick has become a local hero. His teacher wants Nick to put an end
to all this nonsense, but the funny thing is frindle doesn’t belong to Nick anymore.
The new word is spreading across the country, and there’s nothing Nick can do to stop it.
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins
by R. A. Spratt
Age Range: 8 and up | 256 pages
The woman was not a woman. She was a pig. A common, pink farm pig. The type bacon came from.
“Good evening, I am Nanny Piggins,” said Nanny Piggins the pig.
When stingy Mr. Green planted a Nanny Wanted sign on his front lawn for his
three children, he had no idea his ad would be answered by a pig. Yes, a pig. A
fabulously sassy and impeccably dressed pig as a matter of fact! With her
insatiable urge to eat chocolate (and feed chocolate to everyone she loves),
her high-flying spirit, and her unending sense of fun, Nanny Piggins takes
Derrick, Samantha, and Michael on a year of surprises, yummy treats, and
adventures they’ll never forget.
Paired with Dan Santat’s charming illustrations, comedian and children’s TV
writer R.A. Spratt’s wildly funny debut novel will have adults and kids alike
laughing and rooting for the feisty porcine nanny and her three lovable human charges.
Liar & Spy
by Rebecca Stead
Age Range: 9 and up | 192 pages
An instant New York Times bestseller, Liar & Spy is a story about games and
friendship. Seventh-grader Georges moves into a Brooklyn apartment building and
meets Safer, a twelve-year-old self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer’s
first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in
the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to
wonder: How far is too far to go for your only friend?