Digital Copies of the BOTB Books are Here!

Do you prefer audio or ebooks to traditional paper? Then, you are in luck! All of our BOTB books are available in digital form. To see the complete list, go here.

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Douglas County Libraries Battle of the Books 2015 5th & 6th Grade Book List

bookcover (13)Because of Mr. Terupt  by Rob Buyea

Reading Level
AR: 3.7
Lexile: 350
DRA: N/A

Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by rookie teacher Mr. Terupt.

 

 

 

 

 

bookcover (14)Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Reading Level
AR: 4.6
Lexile: 810
DRA: 50

The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer, who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.

 

 

 

 

bookcover (15)Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret

Reading Level
AR: 4.7
Lexile: 750
DRA: 40

When an earthquake creates a tsunami while thirteen-year-old Kyle is babysitting his sister during a family vacation at a Pacific Coast resort, he tries to save himself, his sister, and a boy who has bullied him for years.

 

 

 

 

bookcover (16)Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Reading Level
AR: 5.5
Lexile: 1000
DRA: 60

At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team.

 

 

 

 

bookcover (17)Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

Reading Level
AR: 5.6
Lexile: 910
DRA: 40

Mr. Popper trains his band of penguins to star in a vaudeville tour.

 

 

 

 

 

bookcover (18)A Nest for Celeste: A Story about Art, Inspiration and the Meaning of Home by Henry Cole

Reading Level
AR: 5.1
Lexile: 730
DRA: 50

Celeste, a mouse longing for a real home, becomes a source of inspiration to teenaged Joseph, assistant to the artist and naturalist John James Audubon, at a nearby Louisiana plantation in 1821.

 

 

 

bookcover (19)Rebels of the Kasbah by Joe O’Neill

Reading Level
AR: N/A
Lexile: N/A
DRA: N/A

Sold into slavery to compete in deadly camel races, Tarqi and his newfound friends must rely on their wits and each other to survive.

 

 

 

 

 

bookcover (20)Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai

Reading Level
AR: 5.4
Lexile: 800
DRA: 50

Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, 11-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to California, where Fadi schemes to return to a Pakistani refugee camp to find his little sister, who was accidentally left behind.

 

 

 

 

bookcover (21)The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Reading Level
AR: 5.0
Lexile: 1000
DRA: 50

The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they visit Grandma Sands in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

 

 

 

 

bookcover (22)Wonder  by R.J. Palacio

Reading Level
AR: 4.8
Lexile: 790
DRA: 50

Ten-year-old Auggie, born with extreme facial abnormalities, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school, where he endures taunts and bullying and struggles to be seen as just another student.

 

 

 

 

**All these books are available at Douglas County Libraries as Your Lucky Day books.

 

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Douglas County Libraries Battle of the Books 2015 3rd & 4th Grade Book List

bookcover (3)Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Reading Level
AR: 3.9
Lexile: 610
DRA: 40

10-year-old India Opal Buloni, describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog.

 

 

 

 

 

bookcover (4)Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli

Reading Level
AR: 2.6
Lexile: 340
DRA: 40

Suds learns that his best friend is wrong. You don’t have to be a tough guy, a “rat,” to be a grown up fourth grader.

 

 

 

 

 

bookcover (5)Frindle by Andrew Clements

Reading Level
AR: 5.4
Lexile: 830
DRA: 40

When Nick Allen decides to turn his fifth-grade teacher’s love of the dictionary around on her, he cleverly invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.

 

 

 

 

 


bookcover (6)Help! I’m a Prisoner in the Library 
by Eth Clifford

Reading Level
AR: 4.0
Lexile: 630
DRA: 40

Two girls spend an adventurous night trapped inside the public library during a terrible blizzard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

bookcover (7)Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Reading Level
AR: 4.5
Lexile: 670
DRA: 50

In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.

 

 

 

 

 

bookcover (8)One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Reading Level
AR: 4.6
Lexile: 750
DRA: 50

In 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland to spend a month with the mother they barely know, Delphine and her sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover their mother wants them to attend a Black Panther summer camp.

 

 

 

 

bookcover (9)Rules by Cynthia Lord

Reading Level: AR: 3.9, Lexile: 780, DRA 40

Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence, but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a teenage boy in a wheelchair.

 

 

 

 

bookcover (10)The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Reading Level
AR: 4.1
Lexile: 350
DRA: 50

Mary moves to a huge estate to live with her mysterious uncle, his ailing son, the servants–and a secret garden.

 

 

 

 

 

bookcover (11)Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

Reading Level
AR: 3.7
Lexile: 610
DRA: 40

In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in faraway Key West, Florida.

 

 

 

 

bookcover (12)White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan

Reading Level
AR: 3.1
Lexile: 450
DRA: 40

A sad and silent nine-year-old boy finds his voice when he moves next to a family who rescues dogs.

**All these books are available at Douglas County Libraries as Your Lucky Day books.

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Important Dates for 2014-2015 Battle of the Books

I’m sure everyone is getting ready for the end of school and is excited for summer! Here at the library we are gearing up for next years Battle of the Books season. That being said, the 2014-2015 schedule for Battle of the Books has been finalized.  Here are the important dates for you to know:

August 1: Book list is released
August 11: Books on the shelves
September 2: Contracts sent out
October 1: Contracts due
December 12: t-shirt orders due from schools
February 2 (week of): Battles start
March 2 (week of): Branch Quarterfinals
March 9 (week of): Branch Semifinals and Finals
March 18: BOTB District Competition

If you have any questions please contact your Battle of the Books representatives or local library.

Enjoy your summer and we will see you in the fall!!

 

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District Battle Results

It was a very exciting night at the District Battles held at the PACE Center in Parker. The winning teams from Parker, Castle Rock and Highlands Ranch came together tonight to participate in the battles that would determine the Douglas County District Champions.

Here are the results:

3rd/4th Grade Semifinal

Renaissance (48) v Pine Lane (43)

3rd/4th Grade Final

Renaissance (38) v Coyote Creek (51)

 

5th/6th Grade Semifinal

Parker Core Knowledge (35) v Heritage (44)

5th/6th Grade Final

Heritage (38) v Flagstone (51)

 

Congratulations to our District Champions:

Coyote Creek (Highlands Ranch) and Flagstone (Castle Rock)

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2014 Battle of the Books District Finals

Join us at the Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center (PACE) for the Douglas County Libraries District Finals

3/4 Grade Battles Start at 6:00 pm
Semifinal – Pine Lane v. Renaissance Magnet
Final – Coyote Creek v. Semifinal winner

5/6 Grade Battles Start at 7:15 pm
Semifinal – Heritage v. Parker Core knowledge
Final – Flagstone v. Semifinal winner

Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center (PACE)
20000 Pikes Peak Ave
Parker, CO 80138
(303) 805-6800

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2014 LaRue Library Final Battle Pictures

All teams did an incredible job during the battles and are amazing.

Congratulations to the winners. We’ll be rooting for you on 3/19 at the District Finals at the Pace Center in Parker.

The 3/4 Grade winner was Coyote Creek and the runner up was Stone Mountain.

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The 5/6 Grade winner was Heritage and the runner up was Trailblazer.

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2014 Battle of the Books Schedule at James H. LaRue Library (Highlands Ranch)

2014 Battle of the Books Schedule
All Battle to take place at James H. LaRue Library, Highlands Ranch*

Inter-School Battles
WEEK 1
Tuesday February 4th

AFC
4:30 Heritage (41) vs Bear Canyon (28) (3/4)
5:00 Heritage (57)  vs Bear Canyon (20) (5/6)
5:30 Redstone (38) vs Platte River (41) (3/4)
6:00 Redstone (48) vs Platte River (23) (5/6)
6:30 Copper Mesa (52) vs Roxborough (18) (3/4)
7:00 Copper Mesa (44) vs Roxborough (23) (5/6)

Wednesday February 5th
Combo
4:30 Cougar Run (35) vs Coyote Creek (54) (3/4)
5:00 Cougar Run (54) vs Coyote Creek (13) (5/6)
5:30 Saddle Ranch (28) vs Lone Tree (23) (3/4)
6:00 Saddle Ranch (36) vs Lone Tree (46) (5/6)

Thursday February 6th
NFC
4:30 Stone Mountain (43) vs Acres Green (38) (3/4)
5:00 Stone Mountain (38) vs Acres Green (41) (5/6)
5:30 Trailblazer (49) vs Sand Creek (10) (3/4)
6:00 Trailblazer (48) vs Sand Creek (35) (5/6)
6:30 Eagle Ridge (15) vs Arrowwood (34) (3/4)
7:00 Eagle Ridge (63) vs Arrowwood (13) (5/6)

WEEK 2
Tuesday February 11th

AFC
4:30 Redstone (25) vs Coyote Creek (59) (3/4)
5:00 Redstone (33) vs Coyote Creek (43) (5/6)
5:30 Copper Mesa (40) vs Platte River (28) (3/4)
6:00 Copper Mesa (25) vs Platte River (44) (5/6)
6:30 Roxborough (41) vs Bear Canyon (23) (3/4)
7:00 Roxborough (24) vs Bear Canyon (45) (5/6)

Wednesday February 12th
Combo
4:30 Heritage (35) vs Cougar Run (46) (3/4)
5:00 Heritage (52) vs Cougar Run (31) (5/6)
5:30 Eagle Ridge (42) vs Saddle Ranch (5) (3/4)
6:00 Eagle Ridge (45) vs Saddle Ranch (23) (5/6)

Thursday February 13th
NFC
4:30 Stone Mountain (44) vs Trailblazer (30) (3/4)
5:00 Stone Mountain (38) vs Trailblazer (51) (5/6)
5:30 Sand Creek (15) vs Arrowwood (46) (3/4)
6:00 Sand Creek (35) vs Arrowwood (36) (5/6)
6:30 Acres Green (47) vs Lone Tree (20) (3/4)
7:00 Acres Green (25) vs Lone Tree (51) (5/6)

WEEK 3
Tuesday February 18th

AFC
4:30 Copper Mesa (28) vs Bear Canyon (45) (3/4)
5:00 Copper Mesa (32) vs Bear Canyon(26) (5/6)
5:30 Platte River Academy (35) vs Coyote Creek (59) (3/4)
6:00 Platte River Academy (41) vs Coyote Creek (33) (5/6)
6:30 Roxborough (18) vs Cougar Run (60) (3/4)
7:00 Roxborough (36) vs Cougar Run (33) (5/6)

Wednesday February 19th
Combo
4:30 Redstone (51) vs Heritage (33) (3/4)
5:00 Redstone (30) vs Heritage (49) (5/6)
5:30 Acres Green (49) vs Eagle Ridge (33) (3/4)
6:00 Acres Green (28) vs Eagle Ridge (44) (5/6)

Thursday February 20th
NFC
4:30 Arrowwood (53) vs Trailblazer (45) (3/4)
5:00 Arrowwood (33) vs Trailblazer (46) (5/6)
5:30 Stone Mountain (60) vs Lone Tree (20) (3/4)
6:00 Stone Mountain (40) vs Lone Tree (35) (5/6)
6:30 Saddle Ranch (35) vs Sand Creek (36) (3/4)
7:00 Saddle Ranch (23) vs Sand Creek (47) (5/6)

WEEK 4
Tuesday February 25th

AFC
4:30 Coyote Creek (60) vs Copper Mesa (20) (3/4)
5:00 Coyote Creek (41) vs Copper Mesa (43) (5/6)
5:30 Bear Canyon (20) vs Cougar Run (58) (3/4)
6:00 Bear Canyon (33) vs Cougar Run (57) (5/6)
6:30 Platte River Academy (49) vs Heritage (33) (3/4)
7:00 Platte River Academy (45) vs Heritage (53) (5/6)

Wednesday February 26th
Combo
4:30 Sand Creek (30) vs Acres Green (46) (3/4)
5:00 Sand Creek (42) vs Acres Green (29) (5/6)
5:30 Roxborough (23) vs Redstone (36) (3/4)
6:00 Roxborough (35) vs Redstone (44) (5/6)

Thursday February 27th
NFC
4:30 Lone Tree (33) vs Trailblazer (44) (3/4)
5:00 Lone Tree (48) vs Trailblazer (43) (5/6)
5:30 Arrowwood (21) vs Saddle Ranch (44) (3/4)
6:00 Arrowwood (34) vs Saddle Ranch (39) (5/6)
6:30 Stone Mountain (42) vs Eagle Ridge (31) (3/4)
7:00 Stone Mountain (56) vs Eagle Ridge (40) (5/6)

Quarter Finals
AFC
Wednesday March 5th

4:30 Coyote Creek (51) vs. Redstone (35) (3/4)
5:00 Heritage (51) vs. Redstone (35) (5/6)
5:30 Cougar Run (54) vs. Platte River (35) (3/4)
6:00 Copper Mesa (35) vs. Cougar Run (51) (5/6)

NFC
Thursday March 6th

4:30 Stone Mountain (51) vs. Trailblazer (35) (3/4)
5:00 Eagle Ridge (53) vs. Stone Mountain (45) (5/6)
5:30 Acres Green (54) vs. Arrowwood (28) (3/4)
6:00 Trailblazer (50) vs. Lone Tree (45) (5/6)

Semi Finals
Wednesday March 12th

5:30 Cougar Run (43) vs. Coyote Creek (48) (3/4)
6:00 Heritage (39) vs. Cougar Run (36) (5/6)
6:30 Acres Green (45) vs. Stone Mountain (48) (3/4)
7:00 Eagle Ridge (30) vs. Trailblazer (57) (5/6)

Branch Finals
Friday March 14th

6:00 Coyote Creek (57) vs. Stone Mountain (33) 3/4
6:45 Trailblazer (43) vs. Heritage (51) 5/6

*District Battle
Wed. March 19th at the Parker Arts Cultural and Events Center

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Parker Final Results

Congratulations to all the teams who have been battling with us the last few weeks.  Tonight two 3rd/4th and 5th/6th teams brought their all to the battle.    The winners were:

3rd/4th  – Pine Lane

5th/6th – Parker Core Knowledge

Congrats to all the competing schools.  We hope to see you again next year.

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Philip S. Miller Branch Final Battle Team Photos

Philip S. Miller 2014 BOTB runners up!

Philip S. Miller 2014 BOTB runners up!

 

Philip S. Miller 2014 3/4 Runners Up!

Philip S. Miller 2014 3/4 Runners Up!

2014 3/4 Branch Champions!

2014 3/4 Branch Champions!

2014 3/4 Philip S. Miller Branch Champs from Renaissance!

2014 3/4 Philip S. Miller Branch Champs from Renaissance!

2014 Happy Renaissance 3/4 Branch Champs!

2014 Happy Renaissance 3/4 Branch Champs!

2014 Runners Up 5/6 Grade Meadow View!

2014 Runners Up 5/6 Grade Meadow View!

Meadow View 2014 Philip S. Miller Branch Runners Up for 5/6

Meadow View 2014 Philip S. Miller Branch Runners Up for 5/6

2014 5/6 Philip S. Miller Branch Champs! Flagstone!

2014 5/6 Philip S. Miller Branch Champs! Flagstone!

Crazy 2014 Branch Champs, Flagstone!

Crazy 2014 Branch Champs, Flagstone!

Flagstone  Elementary: 2014 Philip S. Miller Branch Champs!

Flagstone Elementary: 2014 Philip S. Miller Branch Champs!

 

We are so proud of ALL participating teams! Thanks for a great Battle of the Books season. Good luck to our Branch Champs and see you next week at the District Battles. Good Luck!

See the rest of you next year!

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