Battle of the Books

Mid Hudson Battle of the Books 



What is the Battle of the Books?

Mid-Hudson Battle of the Books encourages a community of engaged middle- and high-school-aged readers in our five-county region by introducing them to great books, authors, and their fellow readers in an atmosphere of friendly competition and good sportsmanship.

Participants read books (6 for the middle school team, 5 for the high school team) and compete against other libraries in a round-robin style trivia competition.


When are team meetings for Battle of the Books?

The team will begin meeting in April. Practices will intensify during the summer, when the team will meet once a week for team practice. The team will also travel to other libraries to play in practice battles against other teams throughout the summer.


When and where is Battle of the Books?

The Battle of the Books is always held at one of the three community colleges in our system: SUNY Ulster,  SUNY Dutchess, or SUNY Columbia Greene Community College.

In 2019, the Battle will be held at Columbia Greene Community College.

The High School Battle will take place on Friday, August 16 and the Middle School Battle will take place on Saturday, August 17.


How do I sign up?

Please contact Kate at or (845) 855-3444 to get involved!


The Books: Middle School


Doll Bones by Holly Black

Zack, Poppy, and Alice are best friends. They enjoy creating adventures for their dolls and action figures. But when Poppy discovers that her mother’s antique china doll is haunted by the spirit of a girl, the friends go on an adventure to bring the doll to the girl’s home and set the spirit to rest.

It Ain’t so Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

Zomorod is the new kid on the block again, and all she wants is to fit in with her classmates. An Iranian immigrant, she changes her name to Cindy to fit in. The book is set in the late 1970s, when the Iranian revolution was making headlines in the US.

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

Will has been chosen to be a Ranger’s apprentice and learn the ways of the rangers– a mysterious group of people who hide in the shadows and are rumored to use magic to make them invisible. What Will does not yet know is that the Rangers are the true protectors of the kingdom,  using surveillance to stop battles and uprisings before they reach the rest of the kingdom.

First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez

Malú is a punk, and definitely not a perfect Señorita like her mother wants her to be.  She loves punk rock, skateboarding, making zines, and hanging out in her dad’s record store.  She is not happy when she has to move to Chicago so her mom can be a visiting professor, but when she assembles a group of misfits and starts a punk rock band, she begins to feel at home in her new city.

Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood’s Revenge by Susan Vaught

Max is a technology wiz. She even made herself a turbo-charged wheelchair. When Max’s grandfather and the town mayor start getting harassed by a fake Facebook page, Max thinks it could have to do with Thornwood Manor, an old mansion rumored to be haunted by its first occupant who took a deathbed oath to get revenge on the town.

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Annabelle lives in a small Pennsylvania town during WWII.  When a new girl comes to town and starts bullying classmates and terrorizing Toby, a strange and reclusive local WWI veteran, Annabelle knows she has to stand up for what’s right.


The Books: High School


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Criminal prodigy Kaz is offered the chance at a heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams—but he can’t do it alone. He puts together a team of six dangerous outcasts, and together they work to pull of an impossible heist, one that might be the only thing standing between the world and total destruction.

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Hazel and her brother Ben live in a town where humans coexist with the faeries that inhabit the woods. In one clearing, a horned boy has slept in a glass casket for generations. Then one day, he wakes up.

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

Five students walk into detention. Only four walk out. The victim, Simon, had planned to post gossip about the other four on his widely read gossip app later that week. Everyone in detention that day is a suspect, and everyone has secrets.

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Aristotle is an angry teen coping with his brother’s prison sentence and his parents’ refusal to talk about it. Dante is a philosophical know-it-all who loves literature and poetry.  The boys do not seem to have much in common, but they develop a deep and lasting friendship through which they discover themselves and the people they want to be.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Starr navigates between two worlds– the poor neighborhood where she lives and the rich suburban prep school  that she and her brother attend. When Starr witnesses the death of her childhood friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer and the story becomes national news, Starr must decide whether she wants to remain an anonymous witness or come out as a voice in her community, standing up for Khalil and against racism and police brutality.







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