TEST for Battle of the Books

You’re invited to take the reading test to tryout for Battle of the Books!

Days: Friday 1/13, Tuesday 1/17, and Wednesday 1/18

Time: 7:15 am until 3:00 pm…This means you can take it before school, during school (only if OK with your teachers–classwork comes first!), and during advisory. As usual, to get to the library, you need a parent/teacher pass.

Where: OMMS library

FYIThe test is about 10 questions per book. Each book is graded separately, and then they’re averaged together. If you only read a few books, go ahead and take the test anyway. If you make 90-100% on the books you have read, you may average higher scores than those who read them all but are only at a 60-70%.

If you have any conflicts or issues, see me in G6 as soon as possible, especially if you have changed your mind and no longer want to take the test. The top 6 scorers will be announced on Thursday 1/19. Our first practice will be Tuesday 1/24 from 3-4 pm in G6.


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How to Join!

Want to be a part of the award-winning OMMS Battle of the Books team? Here’s how.

  1. From September to December, on your own, read the selected titles for this year’s competition. Re-read them. Bask in their awesomeness. Enjoy the heck out of them. Talk about them. Get your friends to read them. In short, know them inside and out.
  2. In October, listen to the daily announcements (and look for posts in the library), which will have information about team sign-ups and tryout dates.
  3. In December–after reading the books + signing up in the library or G6–take the BoB test with Mrs. Hutchings, the sponsor. It’ll have roughly 10 questions per book that covers plot and character information. Only the top 6-7 scorers will make the team.
  4. Once the team is finalized, we will practice 1-2x a week for 1 hour in Mrs. Hutchings’ room G6, quizzing each other on selected book trivia. Practice dates are flexible. Conflicts with after school activities are OK. We’ve had many a teammate with sports, music, etc. that conflicts with our practice times. We can make it work!

As always, if you have questions, contact Mrs. Hutchings in G6 or at shutchings@shelbyed.org.

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BoB Reading List

Want to know what Battle of the Books is? Click here.

Want to be a part of the OMMS Team? Click here.

Want to know what to read?

The following titles have been selected by Shelby County for the 2016-2017 Battle of the Books. You are welcome to buy them yourself or, even better, to check them out from our library (on their own display shelf now!), so be sure to talk with Ms. Collins and Mrs. Howton.


The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Silent to the Bone by E.L. Konigsburg

A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius by Stacey Matson

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

“The President Has Been Shot!”: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson


See Mrs. Hutchings in G6 (or email her at shutchings@shelbyed.org) if you have questions.

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