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NEISD's battle of the books

"Do not fear mistakes. If it doesn't work, we'll simply try again." The answer is Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! by Matthew McElligott.

Students listened to quotes and story details to identify the book or author in this year's Battle of the Books competition Monday, May 20.

"They were amazing. Students were able to buzz in after hearing just one word," said Jo Chasse, Hardy Oak Librarian.

This was the sixth year for the district Battle of the Books competition. It has grown to include 36 schools split into two divisions.

Serna and Las Lomas elementary schools hosted competitions. Schools participating at Serna included: Camelot, Canyon Ridge, Castle Hills, Clear Springs, Dellview, El Dorado, Encino Park, Hidden Forest, Montgomery, Northern Hills, Oak Grove, Redland Oaks, Regency Place, Roan Forest, Royal Ridge, Serna, and Vineyard Ranch Elementary School.

Schools participating at Las Lomas included: Bulverde Creek, Cibolo Green, Colonial Hills, Hardy Oak, Huebner, Jackson Keller, Las Lomas, Longs Creek, Olmos, Ridgeview, Stahl, Steubing Ranch, Stone Oak, Thousand Oaks, Tuscany Heights, Walzem, Wetmore, Wilderness Oak, and Woodstone Elementary School.

El Dorado Elementary School won at the Division I competition. Stone Oak Elementary School won at the Division II competition.

Each school had a team of four fourth-grade students. They already competed in a campus challenge and won the opportunity to represent their school. Faye Hagerty, NEISD library director, served as head official for the event.

Students were encouraged to read 18 award-winning books by May. The students read the books throughout the school year and many kept a log to record important details from the book.

The Battle of the Books is a reading enrichment program designed to encourage recreational reading, offer a variety of literature, increase familiarity with different authors and share books through written and oral expression.

Battle of the Books competition.

Stone Oak Elementary won at the Division II competition.

El Dorado won at Battle of the Books.

El Dorado Elementary won at the Division I competition.

NEISD Battle of the Books competition.

NEISD Battle of the Books competition.

NEISD Battle of the Books competition.

Posted on May 23, 2013