Middle school book enthusiasts at La Joya ISD took part in a friendly, tournament style competition known as “Battle of the Books”. This intra-district event tested middle schoolers’ knowledge of pre-selected books that were read in a span of four months.

In its 4th year of existence, the eight middle schools: De Zavala, Memorial, JD Salinas, Irene Garcia, Cesar Chavez, Domingo Treviño, Dr. Saenz, and Ann Richards, each arrived (with their teams of four) to the Peñitas Public Library prepared to show off their reading skills and determined to take home the title of “2018 Battle of the Books Champions”.

As a means of encouraging their students to read more in-depth while having fun, LJISD Library Services and the librarians at each of the middle schools helped organize the annual competition.

Complete with a timekeeper, a scorer, judges, and an emcee, the competition kicked off with trivia questions on the first of 5 books. Each school took turns answering one question each. In the end, it was the returning champions from JD Salinas Middle School who came out on top as winners again!

The champs earned trophies, a $50.00 gift card to Barnes & Noble, and bragging rights for another year.

“This reading incentive program aside from teaching our students to become life-long learners, also promotes camaraderie between the middle schools in our district,” said Vickie Flores, librarian at De Zavala Middle School. “And we look forward to having it every year.”

The winning team will be advancing to the Region One Battle of the Books Contest to compete with 13 other school districts. All participants walked away with a bag of literary goodies and a  $10.00 gift card to Barnes & Noble.

Recognition and gratitude goes out to the middle school librarians who invested in their campus book clubs and who helped prepare the students for the day’s challenge.