Battle Season is now! 

The Battle of the Books is a book-based quiz competition for fourth and fifth graders in the Grand Traverse community. Kids read incredible stories together and then experience heart-pounding moments in competition.

The winning team is rewarded with the Victory VIP Tour — an experience unlike any other. No student wants to miss out on the opportunity to have a shot at this awesome, amazing prize!!! (Think: limo ride, food treats, shopping spree for books.)

Get the full details on the Battle of the Books program:

How It Works

Important Dates

Coaches Meeting 6:30 PM on January 9 at Traverse Area District Library
Mock Battles 1:00 PM on February 26 at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC)
Oral Battle Day 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on March 11 at NMC
Battle Finals and Special Guest Author 2:00-5:00 PM on March 19 at City Opera House

Why Participate?

Awesome Stories Everything from kids solving a murder on the moon to a superhero bunny!
Free T-shirt and cool book bag.
Good Books keep you warm on dark, snowy nights.
Be part of a Team and win Prizes!


* The first 48 teams that register have guaranteed spots in the Battle of the Books competition. All additional teams will be added to a wait list. A team is considered registered if at least four members of that team have registered (members must list the same team coach).


Gordon Korman headlines the Finals

Well-known children’s author Gordon Korman has been announced as the special guest at the Battle of the Books Grand Traverse Finals. Korman is the author of more than 80 books for kids and young adults including the hugely popular Masterminds series, Swindle series, Everest series, and free-standing titles like Ungifted, The Chicken Doesn’t Skate, and our booklist choice, No More Dead Dogs.

Registration is easy!

To register, all it takes is one parent coach, 4-6 students, and a creative name for your team.
Each team that registers receives:

  • One set of the 10 books on the Battle of the Books reading list and book bag
  • Free T-shirts
  • The chance to meet this year’s Special Guest Author


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