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Get Ready for Battle (of the Books)!

Let's get ready to rumble! Battle of the Books is a book trivia competition open to kids between the ages of 9-12. Registration runs from June 1-30 and you can sign up at the following locations: Richland Library Main, Richland Library Blythewood, Richland Library Cooper, Richland Library Sandhills and Richland Library Eastover.

Battle of the Books is a quiz-bowl type tournament that tests each teams' knowledge of the books listed below. Teams are responsible for reading the entire list. At team practices, you will:

  • Meet your team
  • Find out more about the competition
  • Decide who will read which books
  • Try answering some practice questions
  • And more fun stuff...
  • Check your library location for the practice schedule. For more information and registration forms, please visit us at participating Richland Library locations or call Joanna Bixler at (803) 231-6353.


    Tricking the Tallyman by Jacqueline Davies
    Amazon Says: Are kids interested in learning about the very first American census? Probably not. Do young readers clamor for stories set in the very, very olden days of the late 18th centu more...
    Amazon Says: Are kids interested in learning about the very first American census? Probably not. Do young readers clamor for stories set in the very, very olden days of the late 18th century? Uh, not really. Okay, but do they like nutty cat-and-mouse trickery, wacky slapstick, and animals disguised as people? You bet! So let them have all that, and if they end up learning a thing or two about our country, its history, and the ways our government works, shhh . . . we won’t tell! Tricking the Tallyman accomplishes the tricky task of showing kids the way the 1790 census was tabulated (or tallied) and how the country’s new citizens came to understand (after much misunderstanding) how it worked to help them and the country. Excellent for classroom use or to put in the hands of bright kids with a taste for the quirky and irreverent, young readers may enjoy this story so much they might not even notice how much they’ve learned! less...
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    Amazon Says: HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PHINEAS L. MACGUIRE, BOY-SCIENTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE, AKA MAC: 1. He's allergic to purple, telephone calls, and girls, and can prove it. more...
    Amazon Says: HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PHINEAS L. MACGUIRE, BOY-SCIENTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE, AKA MAC: 1. He's allergic to purple, telephone calls, and girls, and can prove it. 2. He's probably the world's expert on mold, including which has the highest stink potential. 3. He does not have a best friend. He does, however, have an un-best friend, who he does not -- repeat, not -- want to upgrade to best-friend status. But disaster strikes when his teacher pairs Mac and his un-best friend together for the upcoming science fair. Worse, this un-best friend wants the project to be on dinosaurs, which is so third grade. Worse still, it seems as though everyone else in his class finds the un-best friend as unlikable as Mac does. But, being a boy-scientist, once Mac notices this, he just might have to do some investigating. This very funny young middle-grade novel includes tantalizingly grue- some experiments for exploding your own volcanoes and imploding marshmallows. less...
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    The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy
    Amazon Says: The Patchwork Quilt more...
    Amazon Says: The Patchwork Quilt less...
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    Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
    Amazon Says: When he goes to spend the summer with his great-aunt in the family's old house, eleven-year-old Drew is drawn eighty years into the past to trade places with his great-great-u more...
    Amazon Says: When he goes to spend the summer with his great-aunt in the family's old house, eleven-year-old Drew is drawn eighty years into the past to trade places with his great-great-uncle who is dying of diphtheria. less...
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    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
    Amazon Says: As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals he more...
    Amazon Says: As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family. Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war. Winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal. less...
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    Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
    Amazon Says: After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and more...
    Amazon Says: After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce. less...
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    Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
    Amazon Says: A reissue of Pam Munoz Ryan's bestselling backlist with a distinctive new author treatment. Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she' more...
    Amazon Says: A reissue of Pam Munoz Ryan's bestselling backlist with a distinctive new author treatment. Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances--Mama's life, and her own, depend on it. less...
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    Amazon Says: Winner of 17 Children's Choice Awards nationwide, here is Louis Sachar's most beloved novel. An IRA/CBC Children's Choice more...
    Amazon Says: Winner of 17 Children's Choice Awards nationwide, here is Louis Sachar's most beloved novel. An IRA/CBC Children's Choice less...
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    Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles
    Amazon Says: When Ruby's grandmother, Miss Eula goes to visit her new grandbaby in Hawaii, Ruby is sure that she will have a lonely, empty, horrible summer without her in boring old Hallel more...
    Amazon Says: When Ruby's grandmother, Miss Eula goes to visit her new grandbaby in Hawaii, Ruby is sure that she will have a lonely, empty, horrible summer without her in boring old Halleluia, Mississippi. What happens instead? She makes a new friend, saves the school play, writes plenty of letters to her favorite (and only) grandmother . . . and finally learns to stop blaming herself for her grandfather's death. Not too bad, for a nine-year-old. Winner of numerous awards and included on seventeen state reading lists, Love, Ruby Lavender is now republished in paperback with the original cover art by Marla Frazee. less...
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    The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
    Amazon Says: One of the classic fantastical adventures of all time! William has just received the best present of his life—an old, real-looking stone and wooden model of a castle, with more...
    Amazon Says: One of the classic fantastical adventures of all time! William has just received the best present of his life—an old, real-looking stone and wooden model of a castle, with a drawbridge, a moat, and a fingerhigh knight to guard the gates. It’s the mysterious castle his housekeeper has told him about, and even though William is sad she’s leaving, now the castle is his! William can’t wait to play with the castle—he’s certain there’s something magical about it. And sure enough, when he picks up the tiny silver knight, it comes alive in his hand! Sir Simon tells William a mighty story of wild sorcery, wizards, and magic. And suddenly William is off on a fantastic quest to another land and another time—where a fiery dragon and an evil wizard are waiting to do battle. . . . An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice A California Young Reader Medal Winner A Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Winner less...
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