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Welcome to the Tuscany Heights Elementary School Library: Time to Battle!

This guide provides information about the Tuscany Heights School Library.

Let's Battle!

3rd Grade Battle of the Books

 

3rd grade students at Tuscany Heights have the opportunity to participate in a fun and challenging reading competition focused on quality children’s literature. Tuscany teachers, librarians and parents encourage third graders to read as many books as possible from a pre-selected list of 12 chapter books. Students take notes in a journal provided by Mrs. Johnson to help them remember key details from the stories.  In the spring, interested students take a written test on all 12 books. The top scoring readers in each class are selected to represent their peers in a friendly, yet fierce "Battle of the Books" competition that takes place in early May.  

This year's list list includes the following titles:

3rd Grade 2018-2019 Battle of the Books 

*Titles that are available on NEISD Overdrive e-book collection

# 2016-2017 Bluebonnet Award Nominee

Author

Title

Applegate, Katherine

*The One and Only Ivan

Butler, Dori Hillestad

*The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy

Cammuso, Frank

*The Misadventures of Salem Hyde 1, Spelling Trouble

Cronin, Doreen

#*The Chicken Squad
Davies, Jacqueline *The Lemonade War
Egan, Kage *The Vanishing Coin
Graff, Lisa *Sophie Simon Solves Them All
LaFevers, R.L. *Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist: Flight of the Phoenix
Mack, W.C.

*Athlete vs. Mathlete

Brad Schanen, Adriana *Quinny and Hopper
Tonatiuh, Duncan *Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation
Trine, Greg

Melven Beederman Superhero: The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich

3RD GRADE BATTLE QUESTIONS

3rd Graders use paper Battle Journals to take notes.  If you need a new one, please see Mrs. Johnson or Mrs. Lawlis.

4th Grade Battle of the Books

4th grade students at Tuscany Heights have the opportunity to participate in a fun and challenging competition centered around quality, award-winning children's books. The students are challenged to read as many books as possible from a pre-selected list of 14 chapter books. Students are encouraged to take notes on the books to help them remember characters, settings and key events in the story.  In the spring, students will test over the titles. The top scoring students in each class will represent their class in a friendly, yet fierce, "Battle of the Books" competition that takes place in early May. The winning team from Tuscany Heights will represent our campus in the Reagan Cluster Battle of the Books.

This year's titles include:

Tuscany Heights 4th Grade Battle of the Books

Reagan Cluster, 2018-2019

Author

Title/Lexile Level

Lexile Level

Grade Level

Mac Barnett & Jory John

The Terrible Two (OD)

620L

4.5

Joan Bauer

Soar (OD)

510L

3.6

Sharon Draper

Out of My Mind (OD)

700L

4.3

Jarrett Krosoczka

Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked (OD)

700L

4.9

Honest Lee & Matthew Gilbert

*The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 (OD)

N/A

4.9

Cynthia Lord

A Handful of Stars

N/A

4.4

Yona McDonough

*The Bicycle Spy (OD)

N/A

4.7

Jackson Pearce

Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures   (OD)

690L

4.7

Pam Munoz Ryan

Esperanza Rising (OD)

750L

5.3

Louis Sachar

Holes (OD)

660L

4.6

Suzanne Selfors

*Wedgie & Gizmo (OD)

N/A

3.7

Jennifer Torres

*Stef Soto, Taco Queen (OD)

780L

4.8

Lawrence Yep

The Earth Dragon Awakes

510L

3.7

Eve Yohalem

Escape Under the Forever Sky  (OD)

820L

5.2

*2018-2019 Texas Bluebonnet        (OD) – available in Overdrive e-books so far  

Thank you to Deb Martilla, Stone Oak Librarian, for creating the Battle chart for our Reagan Cluster Readers.

                                                                                             

5th Grade Battle of the Books

 

Tuscany Heights 5th Grade Bluebonnet Bash

2018-2019

Author

Title/Lexile Level

Lexile Level

Grade Level

Hena Khan

Amina’s Voice

800L

4.6

Margarita Engle

Bravo! Poems about Amazing Hispanics

1150L

5.4

Yona Zeldis McDonough

The Bicycle Spy

n/a

5.8

Jacqueline Briggs Martin & June Jo Lee

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix

710L

2.7

Nikki Grimes 

Garvey’s Choice

620L

4.5

Jason Chin

Grand Canyon

1000L

6.4

Joe Hayes

Grandpa’s Hal-La-Loo-Ya Hambone

790L

3.8

Natasha Tarpley

The Harlem Charade

800L

5.1

Erin Entrada Kelly

Hello, Universe

690L

5.1

Paul Acampora

How to Avoid Extinction

610L

6.0

Kay A. Haring

Keith Haring: The boy Who Just Kept Drawing

AD650L

2.1

Amy Sarig King

Me and Marvin Gardens

670L

3.5

Patricia McCormick

Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero

780L

3.8

Pete Hautman

Slider

660L

5.8

Jennifer Torres

Stef Soto, Taco Queen

780L

5.8

Donna Bowman

Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness

910L

5.9

Honest Lee and Matthew J. Gilbert

The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13

n/a

4.9

Suzanne Selfors

Wedgie & Gizmo

550L

3.7

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