• Congratulations to the winning team of the Battle of the Books Deer Valley District Battle: The Three Burnt Book Pages! Alice Dueling, Sage Davlin, and Audrey Zimmerman, fifth-grade students from Desert Mountain School in Desert Hills, admirably surpassed expectations by achieving a flawless score during their performance!

    They would come to the library to practice and study during lunches, spend hours on the phone quizzing each other after school and stayed up late reading almost every night. These girls really put in the work to achieve their goals, and they are looking forward to being victorious again at next years battle!

    Thoughts from the girls: Our drive stemmed from knowing we had an equal shot at winning, but we chose to put in more effort. Despite feeling daunted by our rivals, we focused on giving our best and enjoying the process. We meticulously analyzed and studied practice questions, pushing ourselves by creating tougher ones to test each other. During lunch breaks, we gathered to practice and quiz each other, dedicating our personal time outside of school to read, practice, and get ready. Instead of seeing it as a task, we viewed it as something to anticipate with excitement.

    Following the competition the Deer Valley education generously donates books to each participating school’s library based on the number of students participating at each school.

    To date, the Deer Valley Education Foundation has donated more than 24 thousand books to DVUSD libraries! 

    What is Battle of the Books?

    5th and 6th grade students will be teamed in groups of 2-3 to compete and test their knowledge in three exciting school competitions during the 2023-2024 school year. Winning teams will move on to district and inter-district-wide competitions. Teams can be a mixture of 5th and 6th graders. You will have the option to order a shirt for $11. If you do order shirts, your team must all have the same color shirt.


    Team members are assigned 4 different books to read for each competition. The highest scoring team from each school will represent their classmates at the District Finals in late March/April. The top scoring team who wins at the District level will go on to compete in a battle with Chandler, Gilbert Higley, Mesa and Queen Creek/Combs Districts in May.


    During the battle each team will be called up to the podium and they will be asked a question. They will confer with each other, answer the question and then they will be seated and the next team will answer their question and so on. The more books each student reads, the more they can contribute to their team. Each student should try to read at least 2 of the books. 





    The books for next year are as follows: