Battle of the Books

Saturday, Aug. 12 at 2:00 p.m.


Join us for our epic 5th annual Battle of the Books, a competition where students compete in teams against each other to answer trivia questions about books. This book trivia program is for children entering grades 3-8 this fall. Check out the reading list at the bottom of this page to find out which books you'll be battling with!

Registration is required for this program. Registration is limited to children entering grades 3-8, and begins July 22. A limited number of drop-ins may be accommodated if the program does not fill. Click here to register online. You can also call us at 586-446-2640 to register.

Competition Rules


Participants are responsible for obtaining their books and should read and become as familiar with them as possible. If our copies are out, ask to have them sent in from another library. Try to get your books sooner, rather than waiting until the last minute. 

At 2:00PM, Saturday, August 12 participants will enter the Programming Center and sit at a table designated for their grade range. Please be on time! Each table will become a team, and teams will compete against each other answering trivia questions about the books they read. Team participants must be in the same grade range, either grades 3-5 or  6-8. 

Participants can make up teams ahead of time, but it is their responsibility to make sure each person is registered, and to sit together on the day of the program. Participants do not have to be on a team when they come in, they will become a team with whoever sits at their table. Each person on the winning team will win a $25 gift card.

On the day of the program, each team starts with 4 points. Each correct answer wins the table one point. Each missed or incorrect answer results in the loss of one point.  Tables who lose all their points will be eliminated. Play will go for several rounds before we tally points and declare the winners.

If a table had less than 4 people, they will get one additional point per person to make up for the missing members. If a team had more than 4 people, one point per person will be subtracted. If there is a tie, we will ask additional questions of the tying teams to determine the winners.

Reading List - Grades 3-5


  • Zombiekins by Kevin Bolger
  • The Big Wave by Pearl Buck
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson
  • Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith 

Reading List - Grades 6-8


  • Stolen Children by Peg Kehret
  • Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
  • Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
  • Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
  • Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls