Battle of the Books comes to ER

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Battle of the Books comes to ER

(Left to right): Emerald Ridge seniors and library Nancy Glen talk about one of the books during Battle of the Books.

(Left to right): Emerald Ridge seniors and library Nancy Glen talk about one of the books during Battle of the Books.

Catherine Mann

(Left to right): Emerald Ridge seniors and library Nancy Glen talk about one of the books during Battle of the Books.

Catherine Mann

Catherine Mann

(Left to right): Emerald Ridge seniors and library Nancy Glen talk about one of the books during Battle of the Books.

Catherine Mann, News Editor

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During advisory and Jag time Feb. 26 Emerald Ridge held its first annual Battle of the Books. The Book Club participated in a tit-for-tat question game on several books, all nominees from the Young Reader’s Choice Awards senior section in the current or past four school years. ER Librarian Nancy Glen hosted the event in one of the portables.

“If this goes well, we hope to challenge Puyallup and Rogers,” Glen said.

This is the first time the event has been held outside of elementary schools in the Puyallup School District. Safeway donated refreshments and the winners received Fred Meyer gift cards.

Two teams participated, all of which were filled with avidly reading students who either are a part of Book Club or happened upon it by chance when the club had a meeting on the Battle.

Teams were quizzed on major details, such as setting, character names, and minor things like the main character’s birthday on the 2015 nominees and nominees/winners from past years.The 2015 nominees include “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein, “Dodger” by Sir Terry Pratchett, “The Selection” by Kiera Cass, “Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman and “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. The 2014 nominee “Tiger’s Curse” by Colleen Houck, the 2013 YRCA Winner “Crazy” by Han Nolan and the 2012 YRCA Winner “Shiver” by Maggie Stiefvater and nominee “Witch and Wizard” by James Patterson were included in the battle

After an hour of 25 questions each, spanning all ten books, Group B won 18 points to 14. All four members received a gift bag with a $10 Fred Meyer gift card plus some other goodies.

The club has already begun planning a possible end-of-the year battle, using books that the club members have voted on or randomly chosen. “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer is a favorite choice.

“We should draw them out of a hat,” Kathleen Mileweski, a member of the club, said.

The meeting on March 12 will decide on the books for the next battle.

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