Bringing fun to reading

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By Catherine Wiggins
Times-News correspondent

   Battle of the Books, or Battle, is a friendly competition between schools, students or even students and teachers. For high school students, it is a fun and casual event. For elementary and middle school students, it’s a bit more serious.
There are three major components to Battle: books, friendship and fun. You learn a lot from the months you spend in Battle. Whether it is advice from the seniors of the group or valuable lessons from the characters in the books, you’re always learning. The list of books that are required reading changes every year. This year, some of the books included “How to Kill a Mockingbird,” “Perks Of Being a Wallflower” and “Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” Each book discusses different issues and topics.
Battle of the Books also is a national organization. The organization is what inspires most Battle teams. The American Battle of the Books (ABB) provides a list yearly of books. The lists range from 10 books to 30. For first years, they recommend the list of 10 books. Some schools do 15 or even less than 10, according to www.battleofthebooks.org.
Overall, Battle is an amazing club. Through the conversations about books to conversations about school, Battle of the Books is such an enjoyable experience. I would encourage you to start your own team at school and enjoy the fun it brings to reading.

Catherine Wiggins is a freshman at Willams High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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