Battle of the Books

BOB is a competitive book trivia tournament for kids in grades 5–8 sponsored by the Grandville branch of Kent District Library, in partnership with the Grandville Public Schools and Grandville Christian School. Participants form their own teams of between 4 and 6 kids and they read 6 pre-selected books. With the guidance of their coach, each team hones their knowledge of the books and gets ready to compete with other BOB teams.

Important Dates:

BOB Kick-Off & Registration
Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 PM
Grandville branch

BOB Strategy Meeting
Tuesday, February 4, 6:30 PM
Grandville branch

BOB Tournament
Saturday, March 15, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Grandville Middle School Auditorium

Selected Titles:

Books are available in the Grandville school media centers and at the Grandville branch.

The Strange Case of Origami YodaThe Strange Case of Origami Yoda

by Tom Anglebergeru

When unpopular sixth grader Dwight successfully dispenses sound advice to his classmates via an origami finger puppet, his classmate Tommy investigates the source of Dwight's accuracy.

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Saving ZashaSaving Zasha

by Randi Barrow

In post-WWII Russia, one boy dares to save an entire race of outlawed dogs — the German shepherd!

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by Mike Lupica

Fourteen-year-old Zach learns he has the same special abilities as his father, who was the President's globe-trotting troubleshooter until "the Bads" killed him.

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Bamboo PeopleBamboo People

by Mitali Perkins

Two Burmese boys, one a Karenni refugee and the other the son of an imprisoned Burmese doctor, meet in the jungle and in order to survive they must learn to trust each other.

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by R.J. Palacio

Born with a facial deformity that initially prevented his attendance at public school, Auggie Pullman enters the fifth grade and struggles with being new and different.

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Cryptid HuntersCryptid Hunters

by Roland Smith

Twins, Grace and Marty, along with a mysterious uncle, are dropped into the middle of the Congolese jungle in search of their missing photojournalist parents.

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