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    The Deer Valley Education Foundation (DVEF) will sponsor the 2023-24 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 two to three students (with a minimum of 4 teams and a maximum of 20 teams per school) to compete and test their knowledge in three exciting school competitions during the 2023-2024 school year. There will be three rounds held in October 2023, January/February 2024 and March 2024. 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 2024, with the top team representing our District at an inter-district battle in May 2024.

    2023-2024 Battle Books:

    Battle I (October): 

    • Danger in the Desert, Terri Fields (126 pages, Adventure, 780L)

    • El Deafo, Cece Bell (224 pages, Biography, Graphic Novel)

    • Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine (232 pages, Fantasy, 670L)

    • The Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo (267 pages, Animal Fantasy, 670L)

    Battle II (January/February):

    • Bunnicula, Deborah Howe (98 pages, Animal Fantasy, Supernatural, Mystery, 700L)

    • Running Out of Time, Margaret Peterson Haddix (253 pages, Suspense, 730L)

    • Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech (280 pages, Realistic, 770L)

    • A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle (203 pages, Science Fiction, 740L)

    Battle III (March):

    • The Borrowers, Mary Norton (177 pages, Fantasy, 780L)

    • Eleven, Patricia Reilly Giff (164 pages, Mystery, 730L)

    • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, Chris Grabenstein (291 pages, Mystery, 720L)

    • Rules, Cynthia Lord (200 pages, Realistic, 720L)


    Order your book bundle here!

    More Information About the Battle

    Book List here!

    Student Parent District Agreement

    Canyon Spring Permission Slip

    Team Form




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