Douglas County Libraries Battle of the Books 2016

The wait is over! We are thrilled to announce the books for the 2016-2017 season of Battle of the Books. All these books are available at Douglas County Libraries as Your Lucky Day books.

3rd & 4th Grade



The BFG by Roald Dahl

AR: 4.8, Lexile: 720, DRA: 50

Sophie discovers that giants not only exist, but that there are a great many of them who like swallomp nice little chiddlers. But not the Big Friendly Giant. He and Sophie cook up an ingenious plot to free the world of troggle-humping — forever.





The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

AR: 4.7, Lexile: 770, DRA: 30

In a laugh-out-loud hilarious twist on the legend of King Midas, a boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate. Can you ever have too much of your favorite food? John Midas is about to find out.






Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry

AR: 3.9, Lexile: 590, DRA: 30

From the moment Gooney Bird Greene arrives at Watertower Elementary School, her fellow second-graders are intrigued by her unique sense of style and her unusual lunches. So when story time arrives, the choice is unanimous: They want to hear about Gooney Bird Greene.





Just Juice by Karen Hesse

AR: 3.8, Lexile: 690, DRA: 40

Juice Faulstich would rather skip school and help her father in his workshop. But when the bank threatens to repossess her family’s home, Juice faces her first life-size problem and is determined to find a way out.






The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

AR: 4.1, Lexile: 630, DRA: 40

Evan Treski is people-smart. He’s good at talking with people. His younger sister, Jessie, is math-smart, but not especially good with people. So when the siblings’ lemonade stand war begins, there really is no telling who will win — or even if their fight will ever end.





May B.: A Novel by Caroline Starr Rose 

AR: 4.3, Lexile: 680, DRA: 34

May is abandoned. Trapped in a tiny snow-covered sod house, isolated from family and neighbors, May must prepare for the oncoming winter. While fighting to survive, May’s memories of her struggles with reading at school come back to haunt her.





The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall 

AR: 4.7, Lexile: 800, DRA: 50

This summer the Penderwick sisters have a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. They discover Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures. Mrs. Tifton isn’t pleased with the Penderwicks, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, they will — won’t they?



Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

AR: 4.0, Lexile: 550, DRA: 38

Willy needs money to pay off 10 years’ back taxes or the farm will be taken away from them. He stakes everything on the hope that he and his dog can outrun the best dogsled racers in the country, including Stone Fox. The huge mountain man is as determined as Willy is to win the big prize money.





The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman 

AR: 3.9, Lexile: 570, DRA: 40

A Prince and a Pauper … Prince Brat and his whipping boy inadvertently trade places. They have nothing in common and don’t like each other. When they find themselves taken hostage after running away, they are left with no choice but to trust each other.





Will Allen and the Great Monster Detective by Jason Edwards

AR: 3.3, Lexile: 630, DRA: 34

Will’s fears have literally come to life. He is an academically advanced, 6th-grade boy looking for help when he is lead to the Great Monster Detective. With Bigelow’s help, along with the use of a very special flashlight and magnifying glass, Will must learn how to confront the monsters before they grow out of control.

5th & 6th Grade 



A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor by Harry Mazer 

AR: 3.0, Lexile: 530, DRA: 50

In the chaos of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a boy searches for his father who was on a ship that was bombed.







The Cay by Theodore Taylor

AR: 5.3, Lexile: 860, DRA: 50

Phillip is blinded after his freighter is torpedoed during WWII. He is left with an old West Indian, Timothy, and Stew Cat. Phillip remembers his mother’s warning about black people. But by the time the castaways arrive on a small island, Phillip’s injury has made him dependent on Timothy.





The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden 

AR: 4.9, Lexile: 780, DRA: 50

After Chester lands in the Times Square subway station, he makes himself comfortable in a nearby newsstand. There, he has the good fortune to make three new friends: Mario, whose parents run the failing newsstand; Tucker, a fast-talking Broadway mouse; and Tucker’s sidekick, Harry the Cat. Somehow, they manage to bring a taste of success to the nearly bankrupt newsstand.


51-dzltueplCrispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi

AR: 5.0, Lexile: 780, DRA: 60

Crispin is in grave trouble. The steward of the manor reveals himself to be Crispin’s mortal enemy and declares the boy a “wolf’s-head,” meaning he is anyone’s prey. Clutching his only possession, a lead cross, Crispin flees his village and meets Bear, who becomes Crispin’s teacher, protector and liberator.





Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

AR: 5.4, Lexile: 1070, DRA: 60

Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, just over the border from Detroit. When a former slave steals money from Elijah’s friend, who is saving to buy his family’s freedom, Elijah embarks on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of the thief.



Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

AR: 5.8, Lexile: 950, DRA: 50

Primrose’s parents have been lost at sea, but she believes they are still alive. Feeling lonely after moving in with her Uncle, her only real refuge is a local restaurant called The Girl on the Red Swing, where the owner serves everything on waffles — except advice and good sense, which come free of charge and are always reliable.





George Washington’s Socks by Elvira Woodruff

AR: 5.0, Lexile: 840, DRA: 50

In the midst of a backyard campout, 10-year-old Matt and four other children find themselves transported back into the time of George Washington and the American Revolution, where they begin to live out American history firsthand and learn the sober realities of war.





Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

AR: 4.9, Lexile: 770, DRA: 60

Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her “Indian” blood, travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. As Sal entertains them with an outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold — the story of a girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.





The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

AR: 5.3, Lexile: 750, DRA: 50

When an eccentric millionaire dies mysteriously, 16 very unlikely people are gathered together for the reading of the will — and what a will it is.






Woodsong by Gary Paulsen

AR: 5.6, Lexile: 1090, DRA: 50

Gary Paulsen has flown off the back of a dogsled and down a frozen waterfall, and waited for a giant bear to seal his fate with one slap of a claw. He has led a team of sled dogs in an Iditarod — the grueling 1,180-mile dogsled race — hallucinating from lack of sleep, but determined to finish.

2016-17 Battle of the Books – Important Dates

Tuesday September 6 – Kerri Morgan will send school contacts an email with book list, rules, contract, and information about our new battling library, Lone Tree .

Week of September 6 – BOTB books and lists will be available. They may not be in on the shelves by September 6 due to staffing.

Tuesday October 4 – Contracts are due.

2016 James H. LaRue Library in Highlands Ranch Schedule

Battle of the Books
2016 Schedule
Interschool Battles

Ben Franklin
Copper Mesa
Cougar Run
Coyote Creek
Lone Tree
Platte River Academy
Sand Creek
Stone Mountain
Summit View

Acres Green
Bear Canyon
Saddle Ranch
Wildcat Moutain

Week 1

Wednesday February 3rd

4:30 Copper Mesa (28) vs Ben Franklin (57) (3/4)
5:00 Copper Mesa (23) vs Ben Franklin (49) (5/6)
5:30 Summit View (45) vs Heritage (38) (3/4)
6:00 Summit View (30) vs Heritage (53) (5/6)
6:30 Redstone (58) vs Saddle Ranch (20) (3/4)
7:00 Redstone (31) vs Saddle Ranch (35) (5/6)

Thursday February 4th

4:30 Trailblazer (31) vs Acres Green (39) (3/4)
5:00 Trailblazer (36) vs Acres Green (49) (5/6)
5:30 Northridge (54) vs Bear Canyon (38) (3/4)
6:00 Northridge (41) vs Bear Canyon (33) (5/6)
6:30 Cloverleaf (44) vs Wildcat Mountain (38) (3/4)
7:00 Cloverleaf (52) vs Wildcat Mountain (23) (5/6)

Week 2
Monday February 8th
4:30 Lone Tree (41) vs Sand Creek (44) (3/4)
5:00 Lone Tree (41) vs Sand Creek (36) (5/6)
5:30 Stone Mountain (41) vs Coyote Creek (38) (3/4)
6:00 Stone Mountain (20) vs Coyote Creek (50) (5/6)
6:30 Cougar Run (53) vs Platte River Academy (45) (3/4)
7:00 Cougar Run (51) vs Platte River Academy (40) (5/6)

Tuesday February 9th

4:30 Coyote Creek (33) vs Cougar Run (57) (3/4)
5:00 Coyote Creek (35) vs Cougar Run (48) (5/6)
5:30 Sand Creek (50) vs Ben Franklin Academy (45) (3/4)
6:00 Sand Creek (48) vs Ben Franklin Academy (43) (5/6)
6:30 Lone Tree (36) vs Heritage (49) (3/4)
7:00 Lone Tree (23) vs Heritage (55) (5/6)

Wednesday February 10th

4:30 Wildcat Mountain (21) vs Saddle Ranch (37) (3/4)
5:00 Wildcat Mountain (42) vs Saddle Ranch (28) (5/6)
5:30 Platte River Academy (34) vs Copper Mesa (36) (3/4)
6:00 Platte River Academy (41) vs Copper Mesa (33) (5/6)
6:30 Stone Mountain (58) vs Summit View (15) (3/4)
7:00 Stone Mountain (38) vs Summit View (20) (5/6)

Thursday February 11th

4:30 Cloverleaf (54) vs Redstone (33) (3/4)
5:00 Cloverleaf (51) vs Redstone (33) (5/6)
5:30 Trailblazer (25) vs Northridge (57) (3/4)
6:00 Trailblazer (23) vs Northridge (58) (5/6)
6:30 Acres Green (41) vs Bear Canyon (28) (3/4)
7:00 Acres Green (38) vs Bear Canyon (35) (5/6)

Week 3
Tuesday February 16th

4:30 Platte River Academy (33) vs Summit View (41) (3/4)
5:00 Platte River Academy (43) vs Summit View (38) (5/6)
5:30 Heritage (41) vs Coyote Creek (38) (3/4)
6:00 Heritage (40)  vs Coyote Creek (56) (5/6)
6:30 Sand Creek (44) vs Copper Mesa (38) (3/4)
7:00 Sand Creek (54) vs Copper Mesa (30) (5/6)

Wednesday February 17th

4:30 Stone Mountain (43) vs Cougar Run (51) (3/4)
5:00 Stone Mountain (20) vs Cougar Run (68) (5/6)
5:30 Ben Franklin Academy (59) vs Lone Tree (35) (3/4)
6:00 Ben Franklin Academy (51) vs Lone Tree (38) (5/6)
6:30 Cloverleaf (62) vs Saddle Ranch (30) (3/4)
7:00 Cloverleaf (51) vs Saddle Ranch (46) (5/6)

Thursday February 18th

4:30 Trailblazer (31) vs Bear Canyon (36) (3/4)
5:00 Trailblazer (53) vs Bear Canyon (23) (5/6)
5:30 Acres Green (33) vs Wildcat Mountain (31) (3/4)
6:00 Acres Green (51) vs Wildcat Mountain (30) (5/6)
6:30 Northridge (63) vs Redstone (15) (3/4)
7:00 Northridge (57) vs Redstone (30) (5/6)

Week 4
Tuesday February 23rd

4:30 Heritage (46) vs Sand Creek (36) (3/4)
5:00 Heritage (52) vs Sand Creek (28) (5/6)
5:30 Summit View (36) vs Copper Mesa (49) (3/4)
6:00 Summit View (25) vs Copper Mesa (52) (5/6)
6:30 Ben Franklin Academy (59) vs Coyote Creek (35) (3/4)
7:00 Ben Franklin Academy (43) vs Coyote Creek (46) (5/6)

Wednesday February 24th

4:30 Northridge (41) vs Saddle Ranch (30) (3/4)
5:00 Northridge (58) vs Saddle Ranch (23) (5/6)
5:30 Lone Tree (43) vs Cougar Run (46) (3/4)
6:00 Lone Tree (43) vs Cougar Run (48) (5/6)
6:30 Platte River Academy (35) vs Stone Mountain (46) (3/4)
7:00 Platte River Academy (38) vs Stone Mountain (46) (5/6)

Thursday February 25th

4:30 Redstone (36) vs Acres Green (28) (3/4)
5:00 Redstone (46) vs Acres Green (43) (5/6)
5:30 Bear Canyon (35) vs Cloverleaf (49) (3/4)
6:00 Bear Canyon (30) vs Cloverleaf (51) (5/6)
6:30 Wildcat Mountain (20) vs Trailblazer (38) (3/4)
7:00 Wildcat Mountain (41) vs Trailblazer (31) (5/6)


Branch Quarterfinals
Wednesday March 2nd
4:30 Cougar Run (46) vs Heritage (40) (3/4)
5:00 Cougar Run (55) vs Ben Franklin (25) (5/6)
5:30 Ben Franklin (53) vs Stone Mountain (40) (3/4)
6:00 Heritage (28) vs Coyote Creek (55) (5/6)

Thursday March 3rd

4:30 Northridge (43) vs Redstone (38) (3/4)
5:00 Northridge (39) vs Wildcat Mountain (31) (5/6)
5:30 Cloverleaf (48) vs Acres Green (40) (3/4)
6:00 Cloverleaf (35) vs Acres Green (44) (5/6)

Branch Semifinals
Tuesday March 8th

4:30 Cougar Run (56) vs Ben Franklin (35) (3/4)
5:00 Cougar Run (45) vs Coyote Creek (53) (5/6)
5:30 Northridge (45) vs Cloverleaf (53) (3/4)
6:00 Northridge (53) vs Acres Green (45) (5/6)

Branch Finals
Thursday March 10th

5:00 Cloverleaf (50) vs Cougar Run (55) (3/4)
6:00  Northridge (45) vs Coyote Creek (53) (5/6)

District Finals
Wednesday March 16th
PACE Center in Parker

6:00 – 9:00

Parker Final Battle Results

Goodness it was an exciting night at the Parker Library!  The teams who battled were so well prepared and did incredible jobs.  Congratulations to everyone who battled this year.

The results of the battles are:

3rd/4th Grade Finals

Gold Rush (53) vs. Frontier Valley (45)

and the Parker champions are…. GOLD RUSH!!


5th/6th Grade Finals

Pine Grove (40) vs. Iron Horse (56)

and the Parker champions are… IRON HORSE!!


Congratulations to both teams.  The schedule for next weeks District Finals will be posted by the weekend. The finals will be on Wednesday, March 16th at the Parker PACE center. Please come out and support your Parker teams as they battle for district wide glory.  We would love to see as many of you there as possible.



Philip S. Miller (Castle Rock) 3/4 and 5/6 Finals Scores! Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Philip S. Miller Finals Scores!

3/4 Teams

Renaissance 48, Buffalo Ridge 45

Thanks, Buffalo Ridge, our Branch Runner’s Up for such dedication and hard work, what a wonderful team!!

3rd 4th Buffalo Ridge Runner's Up! 2016

3/4 Branch Champs for 2016

3rd 4th Renaissance Branch Champs!

Renaissance are our Branch Champions! Congratulations! Fantastic Job!  We’re so proud of you! Keep the momentum going for our District Battles Next Wed., March 16th at the PACE Center! 3/4 District Semi-Finals start at 6PM. 3/4 District Finals at 6:30 PM. See you then!

Team placements are TBA.


5/6 Teams

Flagstone 53, Aspen View 45

Thanks, Aspen View, our Branch Runner’s Up for such dedication and hard work, what a wonderful team!!

5th 6th Aspen View Runner Up

5/6 Branch Champs for 2016

5th 6th  Flagstone Branch Champs!

Flagstone are our Branch Champions! Congratulations! Fantastic Job!         We’re so proud of you! Keep the momentum going for our District Battles Next Wed., March 16th at the PACE Center! 5/6 District Semi-Finals start at 7:15 PM. 5/6 District Finals 7:45 PM. See you then!

Team placements are TBA.

Parker Semifinals Battle Results

Great job teams!! Peggy and I were so thrilled to see how well these battles went.  Congratulations to all the teams who participated.


3rd/4th Grade Semifinal Battles

5:30 – Pioneer (35) vs. Gold Rush (54)

6:00 – Parker Core Knowledge (43) vs. Frontier Valley (48)


5th/6th Grade Semifinal Battles

6:30 – Challenge to Excellence (43) vs. Iron Horse (45)

7:00 – Pine Grove (54) vs. SkyView Academy (35)


The schedule for tomorrow is below.  There is time in between the battles for the teams and families to chat, take pictures, and enjoy a small snack.

Wednesday, March 9th 2016 (3rd/4th & 5th/6th)




5:30 Gold Rush (3rd/4th) Frontier Valley (3rd/4th)
6:30 Pine Grove (5th/6th) Iron Horse (5th/6th)


Philip S. Miller (Castle Rock) Semi-Finals Scores and Finals Schedules

Philip S. Miller Semi-Finals Scores/Finals Schedule

Monday, March 7, 2016

3/4 Teams Semi-Finals scores

Renaissance 41, Meadow View 38

South Ridge 30, Buffalo Ridge 57

5/6 Teams Semi-Finals scores

Meadow View 45, Flagstone 48

Aspen View 48, Buffalo Ridge 35

Nice work teams! We’re proud of you all!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Finals Schedule

3/4 Finals

6:00 PM

Renaissance vs. Buffalo Ridge

5/6 Finals

7:00 PM

Flagstone vs. Aspen View

We are so excited to host these wonderful teams for the Finals! Can’t wait! See you tomorrow!

Again, thanks to all teams that have participated, especially those that have made it to any of the finals. We hope you’ve enjoyed the Battle of the Books Program! See you next year!


Parker Quarterfinal Battle Results – 5th/6th Grade

Good evening, after yet another night of battles with our wonderful teams, here are the results and the schedule for next week Tuesday.


5th/6th Grade Battles – Quarterfinals

5:30 – Prairie Crossing (26) vs. Iron Horse (50)

6:00 – Parker Core Knowledge (43) vs. SkyView Academy (46)

6:30 – Pine Grove (50) vs. Frontier Valley (45)

7:00 – Challenge to Excellence (66) vs. Pioneer (15)


Quarterfinal Schedule

Tuesday, March 8th 2016 (3rd/4th & 5th/6th)




5:30 – 6:00 Pioneer (3rd/4th) Gold Rush (3rd/4th)
6:00 – 6:30 Parker Core Knowledge (3rd/4th) Frontier Valley (3rd/4th)
6:30 – 7:00 Challenge to Excellence (5th/6th) Iron Horse (5th/6th)
7:00 – 7:30 Pine Grove (5th/6th) SkyView Academy (5th/6th)


Philip S. Miller (Castle Rock) Library Semi-Finals Schedule Monday, 3/7/16

Philip S. Miller (Castle Rock) Library Semi-Finals Schedule Monday, 3/7/16

5:30-6:00pm: 3/4 Meadow View vs. Renaissance

6:00-6:30pm: 5/6 Meadow View vs. Flagstone

6:30-7:00pm: 3/4 South Ridge vs. Buffalo Ridge

7:00-7:30pm: 5/6 Aspen View vs. Buffalo Ridge

*Please note grade levels are alternating for Semi-Finals.

Good luck to all teams! See you next week!


Philip S. Miller (Castle Rock) Library Quarter Final Scores Tues. 3/1/16

Philip S. Miller (Castle Rock) Scores Tues. 3/1/16

5/6 Teams

DCS Montessori 38, Meadow View 51

Aspen View 54, Castle Rock 33

Arrowwood  41, Flagstone 44

Buffalo Ridge 48, Renaissance 45

We hope teams that won’t be moving on to Semi-Finals will come battle next year! Thanks for all your hard work! You’re a credit to your schools!

Look for schedules for Semi-Finals later in the week.