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‘Battle of the Books’ at La Joya ISD tests students

Middle school book club members at La Joya ISD recently took part in a friendly, tournament-style competition known as “Battle of the Books.” This intra-district event tested students’ knowledge of pre-selected books that were read in a span of four months.

Students from eight middle schools (De Zavala, Memorial, JD Salinas, Irene Garcia, Cesar Chavez, Domingo Treviño, Dr. Saenz, and Ann Richards) each arrived with their teams of six at the Peñitas Public Library prepared to show off their reading skills and determined to take home the title of “2015 Battle of the Books Champions.”

20150320 LJISD Battle of the BooksAs a means of encouraging students to read more in-depth while having fun, LJISD Library Services and the librarians of each of the middle schools came together and organized the first contest of its kind in La Joya ISD (closely resembling the TV show “Family Feud”).

Complete with a timekeeper, a scorer, three judges, and an emcee, the competition began with randomly chosen teams.

Round after round, each group went head-to-head hitting the buzzer to answer very specific questions from the five books: “Enclave” by Anne Aguirre, “Monster” by Walter Dean Myers, “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” by Tom Angleberger, “Mockingbird” by Kathryne Erskine, and “Trash” by Andy Mulligan.

In the final round, the “Spinecrackers” Book Club from Domingo Treviño Middle School defeated the “Book Talkers” club from JD Salinas and became the first “Battle of the Books” champs and also took home brand new Nook tablets.

“This reading incentive program aside from teaching our students to become life-long learners, also promotes camaraderie between the middle schools in our district,” said Vickie Flores, librarian at De Zavala Middle School. “And we look forward to having it every year.”

No one left the competition empty-handed as all participants were awarded a bag of literary goodies filled with school supplies, a T-shirt, a certificate, and of course-books, for their hard work and dedication to reading.

Recognition and gratitude goes out to the LJISD middle school librarians who invested in their campus book clubs and who helped prepare the students for the day’s challenge. They are: Vickie Flores from De Zavala MS, Addie Martinez from Ann Richards MS, Veronica Flores from Cesar Chavez MS, Elly Hinojosa from JD Salinas MS, Veronica Peña from Domingo Treviño MS, Millie Dennett from Dr. Saenz MS, Esmer Rios from Memorial MS, and Maribel Cantu, teacher at Irene Garcia MS. A special thank you also goes to Ms. Perri Ann Huntly, La Joya ISD Library Coordinator.

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