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Prepare for battle: Oregon Battle of the Books

West Linn library creates special OBOB section


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The library created a special section for this year's Battle of the BooksEach year, students from across Oregon meet to battle. For glory, for renown, and of course, for books.

The Oregon Battle of the Books is an annual Jeopardy-style tournament that pits school against school to determine who knows the most about that year’s books.

The tournament is divided into three divisions: third-fifth grade, sixth-eighth grade and ninth-12th grade. Each school sends one team per division to compete in the battles until a winner emerges.

The Oregon Battle of the Books is sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant. Students, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints. The mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students. 

But don’t forget, it’s a battle! West Linn is no stranger to the competition. This past year, Stafford Primary’s team made it to regionals.

The West Linn Public Library wants to support and encourage our young patrons who participate in this event, so we have created a special collection just for you. Come on down to the kids’ room to see our new OBOB collection. We have the official booklists for each division and extra copies of every book set aside for our patrons to take home. These books can’t be placed on hold or renewed, so West Linn patrons will have a better chance at getting one of these books without the long wait in line.

The staff is excited about the book choices for this year’s completion. Here are a few of our favorites:

“Inside Out and Back Again” by Thanhha Lai

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

“Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze” by Alan Silberburg

In love with the girl he sneezed on the first day of school and best pals with Marshall, the “One-Eyed Jack” of friends, seventh-grader Milo Cruikshank misses his mother whose death has changed everything at home.

“Grave Mercy” by Robin LaFevers

In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, 17-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts — and a violent destiny.



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