Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Bridger School

Home of the Wildcats!

7910 SE Market | Portland, OR 97215
Phone: (503) 916-6336 | Fax: (503) 916-2612

Battle of the Books

2013/14 Oregon Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books (BOB) is a semi-competitive program open to Bridger students in 3rd-8th grade. Students of all abilities are exposed to quality fiction and non-fiction literature representing a variety of themes and genres. Each student typically reads at least four of the books listed below and competes on a team to answer questions about the books. Teams work together for months preparing for the event while building friendships and collaborative work skills. Practice “battles” will be held at Bridger in February and the winning teams will participate in the regional competition in March.

Check with your classroom teacher to find out how teams will form in your class!

Parents are encouraged to read the books as well (they are good reads!) and then discuss them with their children. Even the K-2 students will enjoy having these books read to them; then they will be "in the know" when we have our school battle in the winter. Happy reading!

Click Here to contact Bridger’s BOB coordinator, Tanya Mead
Click Here for flier with more information (English/Spanish)
Click Here for the Oregon Battle of the Books website

Grades 3-5

Abraham Lincoln: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Treehouse #47 by Mary Pope Osborne, 2011.

Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich, 1999.

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, 2008.

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary, 1983.

Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff, 2008.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins, 2003.

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, 2011. (2014 Oregon Reader's Choice Award)

Into the Firestorm by Deborah Hopkinson, 2006.

Kenny & the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi, 2012.

Marty McGuire by Kate Messner, 2011.

Pie by Sarah Weeks, 2011. 2014 ORCA

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, 2004.

Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff, 2011.

Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan, 2011.

Who was Neil Armstrong? by Roberta Edwards, 2008.

Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt, 2011. (2014 Oregon Reader's Choice Award)

Grades 6-8

Bigger Than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder, 2011.

Magyk by Angie Sage, 2005.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson, 2011. (2014 Oregon Reader's Choice Award)

Million Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica, 2009.

Milo: Sticky Notes & Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg, 2011.

The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Regan Barnhill, 2011. (2014 Oregon Reader's Choice Award)

Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury, 2007.

The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin, 2010.

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt, 2011. (2014 Oregon Reader's Choice Award)

Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French, 2009.

Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry, 2011.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, 2000.

TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow, 2010.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, by Avi, 1990.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, 2005.

Wildwood by Colin Meloy, 2011. (2014 Oregon Reader's Choice Award)