Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books is a quiz-show style competition covering a selection of books.  This is our first year to participate in this competition with area schools.  We will have three teams (6th, 7th, and 8th grades) with up to five people per team.  Tryouts are in January 2014, so get to reading!

To try out for the Battle of the Books team, you must:

  • read as many of the Battle books as you can
  • take and pass the Accelerated Reader quiz for each book you read
  • return the Battle books in a timely manner so all participants have an opportunity to borrow the books from the library
  • demonstrate good sportsmanship and behavior at all meetings and competitions

2013-2014 Battle of the Books Reading List

Applegate, Kate.  The One and Only Ivan
Gale, Eric Kahn.  The Bully Book
Korman, Gordon.  Ungifted
Lu, Marie.  Legend
Sheinkin, Steve.  Bomb:  the Race to Build and Steal the Word’s Most Dangerous Weapon
Turnage, Shelia.  Three Times Lucky


Mrs. Overstreet’s Reading Challenge 2013: The List

Below is the list of books I have read in 2013.  The goal is to read at least 60 books by the end of the year.  The list will grow as the year continues, so check back for updates!

1.  Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
2.  The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde
3.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer:  On  Your Own by Andrew Chambliss
4.  The Devil in the White City:  Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
5.  They Called Themselves the K.K.K.:  The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Bartoletti

6.  From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
7.  Behind You by Jacqueline Woodson
8.  After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
9.  Riot by Walter Dean Myers
10.  Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

11.  Inside the Apple:  A Streetwise History of New York City by Michelle and James Nevius

I kind of stalled out in March this year.  Hopefully I’ll get some good reading done and catch up to where I need to be for April.

12.  Among the Impostors by Margaret Peterson Haddix
13.  Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
14.  Deadly by Julie Chibbaro

15.  The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by John Joseph Adams
16.  Every Day by David Levithan
17.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer:  Guarded by Andrew Chambliss
18.  Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
19.  The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
20.  Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
21.  Forever by Judy Blume

22.  Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
23.  Black and White by Paul Volponi

24.  Island of Vice:  Theodore Roosevelt’s Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-loving New York by Richard Zacks
25.  Tenth of December by George Saunders
26.  Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
27.  When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
28.  The Sandman, Volume 1:  Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
29.  The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
30.  The Arrival by Shaun Tan
31.  Hereville:  How Mirka got her Sword by Barry Deutsch
32.  The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

33.  Double Cross:  The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre
34.  Human.4 by Mike A. Lancaster
35.  The Sandman, Volume 2:  The Doll House by Neil Gaiman
36.  The Sandman, Volume 3:  Dream Country by Neil Gaiman
37.  The Sandman, Volume 4:  Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman
38.  The Sandman, Volume 5:  A Game of You by Neil Gaiman
39.  The Sandman, Volume 6:  Fables and Reflections by Neil Gaiman
40.  The Sandman, Volume 7:  Brief Lives by Neil Gaiman
41.  The Sandman, Volume 8:  Worlds’ End by Neil Gaiman
42.  The Sandman, Volume 9:  The Kindly Ones by Neil Gaiman
43.  The Sandman, Volume 10:  The Wake by Neil Gaiman
44.  Level Up by Gene Luen Yang
45.  Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman

46.  Let’s Pretend this Never Happened:  A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
47.  Another Life by Peter Anghelides
48.  American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

49.  Bomb:  The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
50.  The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
51.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Welcome to the Team, Part 1 by Andrew Chambliss
52.  Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
53.  Legend by Marie Lu
54.  The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Fall Book Fair October 21-25

The Fall Book Fair is almost here! October 21-25 is the Eastwood Fall Book Fair in the library. October 21-24, we are open until 3:15 and until 1:30 October 25.  Drop in and check out the great selection of books, posters, and school supplies. This is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on great new books and grant the wishes of your classroom teachers with books for their classrooms!  If you’re unable to attend the book fair in person, don’t forget that you can now shop the book fair online.  Just visit the book fair website, linked below, and shop October 13-November 2.  Your order will be shipped to Eastwood for free!

October 24 is our evening Family Event!  You can drop by after Ms. Latham’s meeting and shop the book fair.

Support your library by coming to the book fair October 21-25!

Eastwood Middle School Book Fair website