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Battle of the Books

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The Battle of the Books program is intended to promote reading and reward our middle school readers that have expressed an interest in participating in the annual competition.  

Participation involves commitment and we want to make sure that both parents and students are aware of the requirements for becoming a team member.  Once students agree to become a team member, it is important that he/she take their commitment seriously.  The district and school have invested time, money, and resources toward sponsoring the competition and full participation from all team members will ensure that this competition will be a huge success!

Each student on a team reads one (or more) book selected from a list of five titles and becomes the “expert” for their chosen book.  (The books have been chosen by the District 202 middle school Media Specialists from the list of twenty current Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee books.)  There will be several rounds of competition and teams will be set up in brackets and participate in “playoffs,” playing down until we get an overall school winner.  The winning team from Timber Ridge will compete against all the other middle school champions.

The entire B.O.B. competition takes place during the month of February.  The team battles are during the school day, so there are no after-school, evening, or weekend commitments; however, students are required to read their chosen books, which will include time outside of school.  Teams are encouraged to meet regularly with their team members (inside and/or outside of school) and teacher-coach to prepare for the competition. 

Timber Ridge thanks you for your support in encouraging your student to participate in this exciting school event!

- B.O.B. Shirt Design Contest 2022-2023  (due 2/3/23)

- B.O.B. Google Form Permission Slip  (due 1/20/23)

- Online T-Shirt Order  (due2/28/23)

- B.O.B. Story Organizer

- B.O.B. Practice Quizlet

- B.O.B. Info & Tips

2022 B.O.B. Titles: (click the title to watch a YouTube book trailer video)

Orange for the Sunsets   by Tina Athaide

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise   by Dan Gemeinhart

From the Desk of Zoe Washington   by Janae Marks

Inkling   by Kenneth Oppel

City of Ghosts   by Victoria Schwab



Tentative 2022 B.O.B. Dates:

December 3.......T-shirt Design Contest entries due

December 10....Google Form online permission slip due

January 5...........Books delivered to BOB Coaches

January 23........T-shirt order due  (optional)

February 9......... Written Round 1

February 10....... Written Round 2

February 11........Written Round 3

February 14.......Written Round 4

February 15.......Verbal Round 5  (Sweet 16)

February 16.......Verbal Round 6  (Top 8)  & Verbal Round 7  (Final 4)

February 17.......Championship Round!

March 3...............DISTRICT BOB @ Heritage Grove


2022 - Congratulations to The Soggy Lunch Carrots!

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