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Battle of the books is a reading challenge and competition for 5th grade students. Students read as many of the 50 books as possible throughout the school year. In the spring, they are put into teams of four and compete against other elementary schools in the Colorado Springs region. 
Battle of the Books
   ​​Anderson               Chains
   Avi                          True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
   Blackwood             The Shakespeare Stealer
   Black                      Doll Bones*
   Clements                Room One: A Mystery or Two
   Coville                    Jennifer Murdley's Toad
   Creech                    Ruby Holler
   Curtis                     The Watsons Go to Birmingham
   Dahl                       The BFG
   DuPrau                   City of Ember
   Ellis                        The Breadwinner
   Fleischman            The Thirteenth Floor
   George                   Charlie’s Raven
   Haddix                    Among the Hidden
   Hiaasen                  Hoot*
   Hobbs                     Kokopelli's Flute
   Holmes                   Operation Yes
   Kehret                     Small Steps:  The Year I Got Polio
   Konigsburg              From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
   Levine                     Hana’s Suitcase
   Lin                           Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
   Lord                         Rules
   Lowry                      Number the Stars
   Lupica                     Heat
   Naylor                     Shiloh
   O'Brien                    Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
   Palacio                    Wonder
   Park                         A Single Shard
   Paterson                 Bridge to Terabithia
   Rawls                     Where the Red Fern Grows
   Rhodes                   Ninth Ward
   Ruckman                Night of the Twisters
   Ryan                       Esperanza Rising
   Smith                      Cryptid Hunters
   Speare                   The Sign of the Beaver
   Spinelli                    Maniac McGee
   Stead                      When You Reach Me
   Taylor                     The Cay
   Turnage                  Three Times Lucky
   Winthrop                 Castle in the Attic
*New book for this year