It was a heated battle like no other, but less bloody than most, as students waged a war over their knowledge of works of literature in a Battle of the Books.
“I think it’s cool. It gives you an opportunity to read. I’ve learned a lot about books,” said Highland Middle School eighth-grader Kenan Lewis.
Kenan, along with 30 other students from Macon Middle, Highlands and Mountain View Intermediate schools had gathered at the Mountain View Intermediate School Media Center Wednesday, Feb. 23, to compete in Macon County’s second Battle of the Books.
“It is a great way to get young people to read. What I liked about Battle of the Books was there were a lot of different authors we could pick from,” echoed fellow classmate Grace Essard.
Sponsored by the North Carolina School Library Media Association since 2000, Battle of the Books encourages middle school students to read a variety of books by creating interest and excitement through competition culminating in a moderated question and answer format.
In the game show format, students are required to answer questions about the characters, events and quotes from a list of 27 books provided by the NCSLMA.
The list of books included titles such as: “Singer of All Songs” by Kate Constable; “Out of the Dust” by Karen Hesse; “Heaven” by Angela Johnson; “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee; “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith; and “The Weirdo” by Theodore Taylor.
Students read 12 to 15 books in order to compete in the competition. The competition consisted of six rounds of 12 questions in each round.
Macon Middle School came in first with 54 correct answers. Highlands Middle School answered 46 questions correctly to finish second and Mountain View Intermediate School trailed behind with 22 correct answers finishing third.
School Library Media Specialist at MVI school, Marty Greeble reported that the first place winners would go on to regionals to compete against schools across western North Carolina. The winners of the region would go on to state competition against students from across North Carolina.
“This is a great program for the kids. School Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman encourages our students to participate. We are glad the kids are so interested and are planning to do it again next year,” Greeble said.