Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books 2018 

Pawling Library will be participating in Battle of the Books again in 2018.


What is the Battle of the Books?

Battle of the Books is a fun competition between library communities. Participants read a selection of books and compete in an epic trivia battle against other teams.

Anyone entering 6th thru 9th grade in fall 2018 is eligible for the middle school team, and anyone entering 9th thru freshman year of college in fall 2018 is eligible for the High School Team. If you are entering 9th grade, you can choose which team you would like to compete with. Students who are home-schooled or in other non-traditional schooling may join the high school team if they are between the ages of 14 and 18.

Joining the Battle of the Books requires a commitment to try to read all of the books before the date of the final battle, to try to attend all of the meetings, and to take your role as a team member seriously.

We will begin meeting in February for Middle School Battle of the Books Book Club.


When and where is Battle of the Books?

The High School Battle will be on August 19th, location TBD

The Middle School Battle will be on September 8th, location TBD

The Middle School Team will meet on the first and third Thursdays from February – May to read and discuss the books together.

July – August the Middle School Team will meet at the Pawling Library to practice, and will meet with other libraries for practice battles.


Battle of the Books Book Club

Beginning in February 2018, any middle schoolers interested in joining Battle of the Books can join the Battle of the Books Book Club, which will meet every first and third Thursday of the month from February until May. We will discuss one of the eight books each meeting. Book Club meetings will also include a small craft or activity related to the book, and a small snack.

Even if you are not sure whether you want to join our battle team, you are welcome to join our book club. Middle schoolers who are unable to join the book club may still join the battle team if they can attend practices over the summer. If this is the case, you should begin reading the books on your own in preparation for the summer.

Book Club Reading Schedule (subject to change):

February 1 – General Info Meeting
February 16 – MasterMinds by Gordon Korman
March 1 – MasterMinds by Gordon Korman
March 15 – Cancelled
April 5 – Ghost by Jason Reynold
April 19 – Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
May 3 – A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
May 17 – Jackaby by William Ritter


The Books 2018 


Middle School: 

Summerlost by Allie Condie ***Kate’s Favorite***

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Jackaby by William Ritter

MasterMinds by Gordon Korman

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonski

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart


High School: 

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Ask the Passengers by A.S.King

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater ***Kate’s Favorite***




A Look Back: Information from last year’s Battle of the Books, 2017

Middle School Battle of the Books

Final battle date: Saturday, September 16th 2017 at Dutchess County Community College.

The books:

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Roar by Emma Clayton

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

I am Princess X by Cherie Priest

The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

Heartbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance



High School Battle of the Books

Final battle date: Saturday, August 19th at Poughkeepsie Day School

The books:

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Noggin by John Corey Whaley



Anyone with questions is welcome to contact Kate at