Winners named in Pattonville Area-Wide Book Battle
Winners named in Pattonville Area-Wide Book Battle
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
A team from Pattonville Heights Middle School won first place in Pattonville’s 11th annual Area-Wide Book Battle. More than 280 students from 36 middle schools throughout the St. Louis area converged at Pattonville Heights recently 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. Authors April Henry and Jeff Strand were on hand to greet students, help kick off the competition and autograph books.

Members of Pattonville Heights' team are: Charley Bennight, Maya Blumenthal, Jade Boyd, Lars Gindler, Rachel McCormick, Ruth McCaron, Owen Moeller and Kalista Roades. Their coach is teacher Erin Zoltanski.

A team from Parkway Central Middle School earned second place in the Book Battle after achieving the second highest score at the end of the competition, and the Rockwood South Middle School team took third. A team from Parkway West Middle School won the Most Creative T-Shirt Contest.

The Area-Wide Book Battle is organized by librarians and teachers at Holman, Pattonville Heights and Remington. The event originated with a competition among the Pattonville schools and then grew over time. The Book Battle gives middle school students the opportunity to meet and discuss current books of interest that include a variety of genres and reading levels. Prizes were donated by Scholastic Book Fairs and Main Street Books, both of which also helped underwrite expenses related to the author visit, and the St. Louis County Library.

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