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Battle Of The Books Final Victory- A Roosevelt Team Heads To Regionals!

All over the State of Oregon during the month of February, students have been reading and studying a specific list of books in order to compete for a chance at Regionals and even state.

The members of the "Fictionary Flyers" (Kenzie Freid, Rachel Humphrey, Seattle Trejo, Anna Xu) and










"An Eruption of Readers" (Bryce Petersen, Kinna Freid, Ella Cox, Nathan Ferns, Farrah Zumwalt) had to read and learn a total of 16 books. There were separate reading lists for 6th through 8th-graders and 9th through 12th-graders. 


  • Blast-off! By Nate Ball
  • The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett
  • Dash by Kirby Larson
  • The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • EllRay Jakes the Recess King! by Sally Warner
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 by Lauren Tarshis
  • Masterpiece by Elise Broach
  • My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen
  • Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells
  • Poppy by Avi
  • The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • We the Children by Andrew Clements
  • Wild Life by Cynthia DeFelice
  • Wild Wings by Gill Lewis

Roosevelt hosted a round-robin battle on Monday, February 12th in preparation for regionals. One team from Hosanna and one from Triad also attended.

“These battles were just a fun way to practice, to get to know other teams in our area and to participate in a couple more battles.  How a team performed during these extra battles did not affect their status in the Roosevelt school tournament, “said Mrs. Laitinen,  the fifth-grade teacher who organized the battles.

The next leg of the journey for the winners “An Eruption of Readers” happens at North Medford High School on March 17th.

“Each school who participates sends a team to the regionals,” said Jennifer Laitinen, “Hosanna and Triad are also sending teams to the regionals."

In the final battle at Roosevelt Elementary, there were a total of 8 questions covering the content of the 16 books ranging from easy to hard as the round advanced. The second team had a chance to answer the question if the first team missed it. They were neck and neck with points until the 7th question when “An Eruption of Readers” pulled ahead by 5 points.

For more information about Roosevelt's battles, contact Jennifer Laitinen at Roosevelt Elementary at 541-883-4750, laitinenj@kfalls.k12.or.us

or check out the Battle of the Books Website

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