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NWS Announces Battle of the Books Information Session: October 21st at TADL

Fourth and fifth graders who love to read are invited to learn about Battle of the Books, a program of the National Writers Series. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to make new friends, read great books and compete for a terrific grand prize.Fourth and fifth graders who love to read are invited to learn about Battle of the Books, a program of the National Writers Series. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to make new friends, read great books and compete for a terrific grand prize.

NWS is holding a Battle of the Books information session to learn about this fun, free reading program, now in its third year. It takes place on Saturday, October 21st, 4 p.m., at the Traverse Area District Library.

Battle of the Books is a book-based quiz competition for fourth and fifth graders living in the Grand Traverse County area. Every student—home-schooled, private or public—is eligible and there is no cost to participate or to buy books.

The Battle of the Books program will officially launch on November 10th when registration opens for 48 guaranteed team slots. Last year, 269 students participated!

Teams and volunteers can register on the website, www.battleofthebooksgt.com. Additional teams will be admitted on a rolling basis. Parents and kids can start putting together their teams of four to six starting today.

Kids read pre-selected books together in small teams of four to six and then engage in a quiz-bowl style competition on Team Battle Day, March 10th, at Northwestern Michigan College to test their knowledge of the books they’ve read. A team member can specialize in one or two books, or read all ten, depending on the team’s strategy.

The two winning teams will advance to the final battle on March 18th. The event will be headlined by a famous, New York Times bestselling author as a keynote speaker. The author will award a trophy to the winning Battle of the Books team, meet audience members and sign books.

The first-place team will win a Grand Traverse Day Experience unlike any other. Think: limo ride and a shopping spree at Horizon Books. The second-place team will also win a prize.

Each team needs to recruit a parent “coach” to help students prepare for the quiz competition. Once registered, each team will receive a free set of books to help them prepare for the competition. The Battle season is a great opportunity for 4th and 5th grade students to read together, learn together, and dream together.

For more information, visit www.battleofthebooksgt.com or contact NWS Executive Director Anne Stanton at 231-631-1551 or Marcy Lindberg, Battle of the Books project leader, at 231-590-1294.