Well, dear reader, it has been a minute since we last interacted. I can only say that I got lazy and writing for the blog seemed like the last thing I was interested in doing. It’s not like I stopped reading or loving books… I just got out of the habit of writing.
So, let’s remedy this lack of discourse and get this blog back in good standing.
Battle of the Books finals
Let’s reignite this blog with a review of our recent trip to the 2018-2019 Wake County Battle of the Books finals. Each year NC librarian types generates a list of 27 books for the state wide Battle of the Books competition. Teams of students from all over the state spread a year reading the list and preparing for their regional finals. Our county finals were held on March 2nd.
Pine Hollow Middle took nine Pilot readers to the finals and faced off against an anxious Heritage Middle (they were warned three times for conferring before they were allowed to, and even lost points) and a scrappy Fuquay-Varina Middle. We felt good with our combined score of 27 points after our first two battles… we were ahead of lots of schools, but lots of schools still had to finish their second battle. Alas, in the end our 27 points only afforded us a 13th place and didn’t allow us to move to the next round.
We came home proud of our battles and eager to get into the new battle list. We didn’t have to wait long, as the 2019-2020 list came out just a few weeks after the finals. This coming year, the list was reduced by a few book titles. I guess 27 books seemed too daunting, and they decided to reduce the title list ot 22 books.
So we continue on, with only two 8th graders on our finals team, we have a good core of Pilot Readers ready to get going on the next list of books. Hopefully next year, we can get that unlucky 13 out of the way… and get into that top 8 and move to the second round. Fingers Crossed.
I’ve enjoyed getting this post done, and have a few ideas for posts in the next few days, so stay tuned.