|Pattonville hosts 13th annual Area-Wide Middle School Book Battle|
|Thursday, May 16, 2019|
A team from Remington Traditional School won fourth place in Pattonville’s 13th annual Area-Wide Book Battle. More than 300 students from 38 middle schools throughout the St. Louis area converged at Pattonville Heights on May 2 to compete in the event.
The book battle is a trivia-night styled event in which teams of students answer questions based on a pre-designated list of 20 books they have read. Jan Gangsei, author of “Zero Day,” was on hand to greet students, autograph books and help kick off the competition.
A team from Parkway Southwest Middle School won first place at the event. Second place went to Hazelwood West Middle School and STEAM Academy from the Ferguson-Florissant School District won third place. Pattonville’s two other teams also fared well out of the 38 competitors. Holman Middle School’s team placed seventh, and the team from Heights placed 14th.
The Area-Wide Book Battle is organized by librarians and teachers at Holman and Pattonville Heights middle schools and Remington Traditional School. The event originated with a competition among the Pattonville schools and grew over time. The book battle gives middle school students the chance to meet and discuss current books of interest that include a variety of genres and reading levels. The competition was supported by Main Street Books, Scholastic Book Fairs and the St. Louis County Library.
Book battle committee members who organized the event were Pattonville staff members Julie Harder and Tara Rice from Heights, Trina Cornell and Diana Rasmussen from Holman and Diane Langston and Allison Stout from Remington.
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