By VICTOR HEIMBIGNER
This is a competition for the kids who don’t love sports and do love books. Elementary, Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) was run by Mary Coleman this year, it was her first time to do this and most of the students first times as well. The students all met on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the library at lunch time, and during this time they studied the books and read them over and over preparing themselves for the tournament.
There are sixteen books that are read by the kids; Blast-off! By Nate Bell, The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity By Mac Barnett, Dash By Kirby Larson, The Door by the Staircase By Katherine Marsh, Ella Enchanted By Gail Carson Levine, EllRay Jakes the Recess King By Sally Warner, Esperanza Rising By Pam Munoz Ryan, I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens 1980, Masterpiece By Elise Broach, My Life in Dog Years By Gary Paulsen, Mystery on Museum Mile By Marcia Wells, Poppy By Avi, The Red Pencil By Andrea Davis Pinkney, We the Children By Andrew Clements, Wild Life By Cynthia DeFelice Wild Wings By Gill Lewis. According to Mary Coleman, these books are read by each student many times and it excites their reading habits by having them continue reading these books they are wanting to read more and more which is giving them motivation and excitement to read.
If students wanted to go to state they would have to go through qualifications in order to go to the tournament because only a limited amount of players can go. Some students just wanted to read and not go to state which made it easier to get most students into the tournament. The team made it to third out of fifty one teams in pool play. There are sixteen questions, eight are on specific things in the book and the other eight are questions for which book it was in.
The team made it to third place in pool play, but was first eliminated in Bracket Play. The kids had a fun time competing and some love reading more than they did before according to Mary Coleman’s observations. Mary Coleman wishes to do this again, she had a great time with the students and wishes to improve their skills every year.