Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is an after school club open to 5th and 6th grade students in Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Arlington.  The All Saints club meets every other Monday after school in the library. An assigned book is discussed in detail each meeting and two books are reviewed monthly. There are 15 books on this year’s list representing different genres of literature.  In May, the diocesan Battle of the Books competition takes place, where each school is represented by a team of five students.

The Battle of the Books program is challenging and fun for students who enjoy reading books and competition. Please contact Mrs. Coyle for additional information about the Battle of the Books.

Congratulations to our 2016-2017 team for winning first place in the 2017 Arlington Diocesan Battle of the Books!

Battle of the Books – 2016/17 Reading List

Categories include nonfiction, historical fiction, fantasy, classic, mystery, adventure, realistic fiction and Catholic Libriarian Association (CLA) choice.


El Deafo by Cece Bell
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow
Weary by Elizabeth Partridge


Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Greenglass House by Kate Milford


Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
The BFG by Roald Dahl


Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Caroline Funke

Realistic Fiction

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Historical Fiction

Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

CLA Choice

Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio by Tony Johnston