Battle of the Books
Donna ISD

What is the Battle of the Books?

A typical "Battle" is a game in which students' teams earn points by correctly answering questions about the books on the book lists. Teams play exciting rounds, each against a different team. Only four extraordinary students will be chosen to represent each school. These students must have read and successfully AR tested on all the books selected.

1st Annual Elementary Competition
February 4, 2016
DHS Lecture Hall
8am - Noon

Always Abigail by Nancy Cavanaugh

Sixth-grader Abigail, assigned a different homeroom than her two best friends and made only the alternate on the pom-pom squad, learns a lot about popularity and true friendship when paired with unpopular Gabby for a yearlong assignment.

Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle

When his mother is sent to jail in Los Angeles, eleven-year-old Tony goes to live with his forest ranger great-uncle in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where Tony experiences unconditional love for the first time through his friendship with a rescue dog

Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Irish orphans Molly, age fourteen, and Kip, age ten, travel to England to work as servants in an old manor house, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.

Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa De Los Santos

When thirteen-year-old Margaret's father is sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit, she knows the only way to save him is to use the forbidden family power of time travel.

3rd Annual Middle School Competition
February 2, 2016
DNHS Auditorium
8am - Noon

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. Josh and Jordan must come to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

The Smoking Mirror by David Bowles

12-year-old twins whose lives in a small Texas town are forever changed by their mother's unexplained disappearance. Shipped off to relatives in Mexico by their grieving father, the twins soon learn that their mother is a nagual, a shapeshifter, and that they have inherited her powers.  Book #1

There Will be Bears by Ryan Gebhart

Thirteen-year-old Tyson loves hanging out with his roughneck Grandpa Gene, who’s a lot more fun than Tyson’s ex–best friend, Brighton. So when Grandpa Gene has to move to a nursing home, Tyson feels like he’s losing his only friend. Not only that, but Tyson was counting on Grandpa Gene to take him on his first big hunt.

The Thickety by J.A. White

When Kara Westfall was five years old, her mother was convicted of the worst of all crimes: witchcraft. Years later, Kara and her little brother, Taff, are still shunned by the people of their village, who believe that nothing is more evil than magic…except, perhaps, the mysterious forest that covers nearly the entire island. Book #1

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Kennedy finds her mother dead, but doesn't realize paranormal forces are responsible until mysterious identical twins break into her room and destroy a deadly spirit sent to kill her. Now she has to take her place in the Legion of the Black Dove--a secret society formed to protect the world from a vengeful demon. Book #1

In the After by Demitria Lunetta

In a post-apocalyptic world in which nothing is as it seems, sixteen-year-old Amy and Baby, a child she found while scavenging, struggle to survive while vicious, predatory creatures roam Earth.

2nd Annual High School Competition
February 2, 2016
DNHS Auditorium
8am - Noon

Conversion by Katherine Howe

When girls start experiencing strange symptoms at Colleen's high school, the town is in full-blown panic, and only Colleen connects their fate to the ill-fated Salem of three centuries ago.

Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi

Holly and Savitri are traumatized when Corey, Holly's brother and Savitri's boyfriend, is murdered. Reeling, the two girls search for answers and the killer.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary Pearson

On the morning of her wedding, Princess Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, intrigued when two mysterious, handsome strangers arrive. She is unaware one is the jilted prince and the other is an assassin sent to kill her. Book #1

The Living by Matt De La Pena

After an earthquake destroys California and a tsunami wrecks the luxury cruise ship on which he is a summer employee, high-school student Shy confronts another deadly surprise.

We were Liars by E. Lockhart

Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

When I was the Greates by Jason Reynolds

Sixteen-year-old Ali lives in a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, where he manages to stay out of trouble until going to the wrong party.