Frequently Asked Questions

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1.      What is the Battle of the Books?

The Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in grades 4-12. The purpose is to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing with their peers. Each team is responsible for reading the 20 books on the Battle booklist.  The Battle of the Books is a single-day event where students will compete by answering questions about the books on the list. There are three divisions which students may enter based on their grade level. These include:

Grade School: Grades 4 - 6

Middle School: Grades 6 - 8

High School: Grades 9 - 12

2.      How do I sign-up for the Battle of the Books?

You or your parent can sign-up for Battle of the Books at Yorba Linda Public Library or by calling the library at 714.777.2873 ext. 7 starting Saturday, September 20th through Saturday, November 15th, 2014 at 4:59 pm. Students and/or their parents must sign themselves up. Friends may not sign-up one another. Sign-ups will ONLY be accepted at the Yorba Linda Public Library. Sign-ups will not be accepted at schools or school libraries. Sign-ups are limited to Yorba Linda residents, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District students, or students attending schools within the city of Yorba Linda.

3.      Where and When Is the Battle of the Books?

Battle of the Books will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Yorba Linda High School..

4.      Where can I find a list of required reading for Battle of the Books?

The official book list is now available! Click here for the official Battle reading list.

 

5.      How can I learn the pronunciations of the titles and author names?

Click on this link.

 

6.      When should I begin reading the required books for the Battle?

Now that the official Battle booklist has been released, you can start reading right away! The library has multiple copies of each book available for check-out. If all the library’s books are checked out, you can set a FREE reserve to receive a copy of the books. For more information on setting reserves on books, please call the Information Desk at 714.777.2873 ext. 7.

7.      Can I create my own team?

Yes, students are encouraged to form teams of 3 to 5 students. However if you sign-up with fewer than 5 students, the library reserves the right to add additional members to your team. Participants may be from one school, different schools or home schools.

8.      Do I have to have a team formed in order to sign up for the Battle of the Books?

No. If you sign-up as an individual, you will be placed on a team by the Yorba Linda Public Library. You will then be given contact information for your team members.

9.      Who do I notify if I can no longer participate in the Battle of the Books?

If you can no longer participate in the Battle of the Books, please contact the Yorba Linda Public Library immediately by calling 714.777.2873 ext. 7. If you are already on a team, please also notify your team members as well.

10.    What happens if one of my team members decides not to participate in the Battle?

If a team member decides not to participate in Battle of the Books, please have that member contact the Yorba Linda Public Library immediately. If this occurs prior to registration closing on Saturday, November 15th at 4:59 p.m., you may replace that team member with someone else. The new team member must register with the Yorba Linda Public Library prior to the close of registration. However, if a team member decides not to participate after registration has closed, you will not be able to replace that member with a non-registered student. The Yorba Linda Public Library reserves the right to add additional team members to teams with fewer than 5 students.

11.  My child is in 5th grade but he/she is an excellent reader. May he/she sign-up in the 6th-8th grade division?

No. Students need to participate according to their grade in school, not their reading level. However, 6th grade students can choose to participate in either the 4th-6th grade division or the 6th-8th grade division.

12.  How should I prepare for Battle of the Books?

a. First, get in contact with your team members. It may be helpful to divide the reading list up among team members.

b. Start reading the books. The Yorba Linda Public Library has several copies of the books available for check out. Free requests can be placed on Battle books here.

c.Take notes or make study guides as you read the books. The Battle is scheduled for early 2015 and taking notes is a helpful study method and way to prepare for Battle of the Books.

Note: Study guides and notes should be created by Battle participants, NOT by parents, teachers, or school librarians.

d.  Attend one of the two scheduled General Information Meetings at the Yorba Linda Public Library. Dates will be announced.

e.  Schedule some study sessions with your team members. This will help you to get acquainted with your teammates and prepare you for the actual Battle. The Yorba Linda Public Library has reserved dates for teams to use the Library Community Room for General Team Study Sessions.

f.   Review the ‘mock battle’ on the Battle of the Books website at

http://www.yorbalindalibrary.com/battle/

13. What is a challenge and how do I challenge a question?

A challenge is when a team disputes an answer. An example of a challenge is that a team believes a question could have two correct answers. The questions are proofread and carefully worded to avoid mistakes. After all 20 of the battle questions, the teams will have 15 seconds for a challenge to be made through the team CAPTAIN. The team will then have 3 minutes to find proof of their challenge in the specific book. Copies of all of the Battle books will be on hand.

An example of a challenge that would not be accepted:
The question: In what book is a boy amazed to see a room's walls completely covered by bookcases, filled with books?
The answer: The Giver, by Lois Lowry Pg. 74

If a team challenges the answer, saying that it could also be correctly answered by Magyk, it would not be accepted.

Excerpt #1 from The Giver:
"The books in his own dwelling were the only books that Jonas had ever seen. He had never known that other books existed. But this room's walls were completely covered by bookcases, filled, which reached to the ceiling. There must have been hundreds-perhaps thousands-of books, their titles embossed in shiny letters. Jonas stared at them. He couldn't imagine what the thousands of pages contained." (page 74)

Excerpt #2 from Magyk:
"It was stuffed full of twenty years' worth of clutter that had accumulated since Sarah and Silas had set up home together. There were fishing rods and reels, shoes, and socks, rope and rat traps, bags and bedding, nets and knitting, clothes and cooking pots, and books, books, books and yet more books." (page 21)

If a team challenges the answer, saying that it could also be correctly answered by Magyk, it would NOT be accepted. Even though Magyk contains a description of a super messy room that included books (fishing rods and reels, shoes, and socks, rope and rat traps, bags and bedding, nets and knitting, clothes and cooking pots, and books, books, books… in bags from the ceiling, propping up the table and stacked up), the question is about a boy being amazed at how the walls were covered with bookcases, filled with books.

• Some of the wording of the question comes directly from the book, "walls…completely covered by bookcases, filled…"

• In Magyk, this statement is in the beginning of the book, introducing the reader to the main character's family. It is a general description of how they live.

• In The Giver, society is set up so that everyone has the same routine, the same pattern in their lives, and the same number of people in their families. Jonah notices that the room is different from the rooms in his own home. Jonah is amazed because there are so many books, and he didn't even know - nobody really knows - that there could even be that many books.

14.  How long will Battle of the Books last?

The length of time depends on how many participants participate in Battle of the Books. A schedule of Battle times will be released prior to the official Battle of the Books competition.

15.  Can I sign up for Battle of the Books at my school?

No. All sign-ups must occur through the YORBA LINDA PUBLIC LIBRARY ONLY. Although you may hear about Battle of the Books through your school, this is a Yorba Linda Public Library event. Please come in or call the Yorba Linda Public Library at 714.777.2873 ext. 7 to sign-up.

16.  Can we create team shirts or team uniforms for the Battle?

Yes. Teams are encouraged to get into the spirit of Battle of the Books. We strongly encourage team spirit that creates a positive environment and experience for all Battle of the Books participants. 

17.  What are the prizes for winning teams?

Prizes will be awarded to first and second place teams in each grade category. First place prizes include a $50.00 Gift Card for each winner, certificates, ribbons, and more. Second place prizes include a $25 Gift Card for each winner, certificates, ribbons, and more. All students that participate in Battle of the Books will receive a certificate of participation and a small prize.

18.  How can a parent, teacher, or school librarian support Battle of the Books participants?

This program is meant to foster a love of reading. We want students to have a fun experience. Please encourage your student to read, take notes, and meet with their teammates. (Adults should not take notes or make study guides.) Please bring your student to the one of the General Meetings.

Participants will be able to ask questions and meet with their teammates during this meeting. Also, encourage your student to meet with teammates during the General Study Sessions at the Yorba Linda Public Library.

Please note that parents, teachers, and school librarians should not make study notes or guidelines for their students. All reading and study materials should be created by Battle participants.

Note: Please remember that this event was created to encourage a love of reading through the spirit of competition. It is the library’s goal to create a fun, inclusive program that fosters a love of reading. We hope that everyone involved has a positive experience with Battle of the Books. Happy reading!

For more information, contact the Yorba Linda Public Library at 714-777-2873 ext 7.