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    The Deer Valley Education Foundation (DVEF) will sponsor the 2024-25 Battle of the Books for Deer Valley School District students. The reading incentive program is open to students in fifth and sixth grades. Students read books and come together to demonstrate their abilities and test their knowledge of the books they have read. The competitions are a lively academic competition. Battle of the Books improves reading comprehension, builds vocabulary, and teaches teamwork and good sportsmanship.

    Fifth and sixth grade students will be teamed in groups of three (with a maximum of 20 teams per school) to compete and test their knowledge in two exciting school competitions during the 2024-2025 school year. There will be three rounds held in October 2024, January/February 2025 and March/April 2025. Each round has 4 books for students to read and teams earn points based on correctly answering questions about each round's books. The top team from each school will compete in a District Battle in April 2025, with the top team representing our District at an inter-district battle in May 2025.

    2024-2025 Battle Books:

    Battle I (October): 

    • Healer of the Water Monster, Brian Young (362 pages, Adventure, Myth 750L)

    • Invisible, Christina Gonzales (195 pages, Graphic Novel, Realistic, 260L)

    • Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, Jack Gantos (153 pages, Realistic, Humor, 970L)

    • Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Eleanor Coerr (64 pages, Historical, Memoir, 630L)

    Battle II (January/February):

    • The City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau (270 pages, Science Fiction, Dystopian, 680L)

    • Doll Bones, Holly Black (244 pages, Spooky, Adventure, 840L)

    • Jennifer Murdley's Toad, Bruce Coville (156 pages, Fantasy, Suspense, 700L)

    • Frindle, Andrew Clements (105 pages, Realistic, Humor, 830L)

    Battle III (March/April):

    • Chasing Vermeer, Blue Balliet (254 pages, Mystery, Suspense, 770L)

    • Maniac Magee, Jerry Spinelli (184 pages, Realistic, Allegory, Humor, 820L)

    • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Robert O'Brien (233 pages, Animal Fantasy, Suspense 790L)

    • Sarah Plain and Tall, Patricia MacLachlan (91 pages, Historical, Moving, 660L)

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    Sign up today and form your team! ALL FORMS AVAILABLE HERE or in the library.



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    Phone: (623) 445-5012  / Fax: (623) 445-5087