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Aug 28

[ARCHIVED] Welcome to the Battle of the Books Book Talk!

The original item was published from August 28, 2017 4:30 PM to March 2, 2018 12:05 AM

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Welcome to Suffolk Public Library’s Battle of the Books Book Talk. Battle of the Books is a program that is open to all fifth graders in Suffolk. Battle of the Books promotes reading and introduces new literature to fifth grade students. Teams are encouraged to read and answer questions based upon selected titles. Winning teams from each preliminary event will advance to semi finale within the city, and a finale to be held between the city of Suffolk and the city of Chesapeake and have a chance to win prizes, including bragging rights and a trophy for their school! There are ten titles chosen for the 2018 Battle of the Book competition.

The titles are:
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeir
The Capybara Conspiracy by Erica S. Perl
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Hidden Figures: Young Reader’s Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshal III
This Kid Can Fly by Aaron Philip
Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger & Paul Dellinger
Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

The Suffolk Public Library will host book talks at the Morgan Memorial Library and the North Suffolk Library. The groups will focus on one book each month. Participants will have an opportunity to read together, answer questions and develop a discussion about each title. Registration is required to attend the Book Talk and it is open to children ages 6-12. Children do not have to be enrolled in Suffolk Public Schools nor do they have to be in fifth grade to participate in the Book Talk or Book Talk Blog.

Register for Book Talks at Morgan Memorial Library: September 11, September 25, October 23, November 6 and November 20

Register for Book Talks at North Suffolk Library: September 18, October 16, October 30, November 13 and November 27

The Book Talk Blog has been created to maintain an ongoing discussion for all children interested in participating. You do not have to attend the Book Talk to participate with the blog.

The first book we will discuss is Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks.
Have you read this book already? Share your thoughts with us!

Haven’t read it yet? Check it out at Suffolk Public Library OR try the audio version from

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Check back soon for a new post all about our first title, Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks.