Pattonville hosts 12th Area-Wide Book Battle
Pattonville hosts 12th Area-Wide Book Battle
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
A team from Pattonville Heights Middle School won fourth place in Pattonville’s 12th annual Area-Wide Book Battle. More than 300 students from 42 middle schools throughout the St. Louis area converged at Pattonville Heights on May 3 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. Jennifer Nielsen, author of “A Night Divided” and “The False Prince,” was on hand to greet students, autograph books and help kick off the competition.

The Area-Wide Book Battle is organized by librarians and teachers at Holman and Pattonville Heights middle schools and Remington Traditional School. The event originated with a competition among the Pattonville schools and grew over time. The book battle gives middle school students the chance to meet and discuss current books of interest that include a variety of genres and reading levels. The competition was supported by Main Street Books, Scholastic Book Fairs and the St. Louis County Library.

Book battle committee members who organized the event were Julie Harder and Tiffany Ostrowski from Heights, Trina Cornell and Diana Rasmussen from Holman and Diane Langston and Allison Stout from Remington.

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Author Jennifer Nielson talks to students on Pattonville Heights Middle School's Book Battle team.


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The Pattonville Heights team gathers for a photo.


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Holman’s team is ready for the competition.

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The Remington team is shown with Nielson, the author.


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The Heights gym is packed with students and visitors for the contest.