First Idaho Battle of the Books Tournament Challenges Students' Memories 

While many people might not be able to name the main characters in the last three books they read, students from North, Riverglen, East and Fairmont junior high schools have made it their business to know those kinds of details. That’s because they are preparing for the first ever Idaho Battle of the Books Tournament, set to take place on Saturday, March 17.

click to enlarge ERIN CUNNINGHAM
  • Erin Cunningham
Battle of the Books is a national competitive reading program for students that challenges them to read and remember details from more than a dozen books. They will read these books over the course of a few months, and then come together to “battle” and be quizzed on their knowledge. Students from across Ada County will participate for the chance to win trophies and bragging rights.

“We are trying to build this into a statewide program,” said Kevin O’Dea, a librarian at North Junior High.

The event will be held at North, and representatives from Rediscovered Books will be there, along with New York Times bestselling young adult fiction author Jennifer A. Nielsen, who will be signing her books and presenting her new release, The Traitor’s Game.

Although the program is in its first stages, it already includes a total of 15 teams in the Boise area. Books such as The Apothecary by Maile Meloy to The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart are on the reading list for the upcoming competition.

“We have elementary libraries who are already on board for next year,” said O’Dea.

Let the battle begin.
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