Reading champs crowned at Battle of the Books

Winners of the Battle of the Books competition hosted by Central Manitoulin Public School were the Little Current Public School Team 2, consisting of Andrew Rose, Aiden McGraw, T.J. Green, Shea Williamson, Katie Chapman and Noella Noakwegijig with teacher Miss Gray, far left. photos by Michael Erskine

MINDEMOYA—With deep-furrowed brows and steely-eyed concentration, teams of Grade 4, 5 and 6 students from across Manitoulin leaned across tables set up in the Central Manitoulin Public School (CMPS) gym to consult as they competed in the Battle of the Books.

Despite the tense competition, “it was a lot of fun,” said organizer CMPS teacher Lisa Pennie. “I think everyone had a great time.”

It was a very tight competition, with the two top teams separated by a single point. In the end, the winners of the Battle of the Books competition at CMPS were the Little Current Public School Team 2 crew with a score of 57 points, while the CMPS hosts had to settle for second with a score of 56 points and the Little Current 1 team securing third with a score of 51 points.

During the competition, the moderator of the event recited clues and competitors had to decide which book the clue referenced within a set time limit.

Teams from two of the Island elementary schools pay rapt attention to the clues provided in an attempt to ‘guess that book.’

The winning team was comprised of Andrew Rose, Aiden McGraw, T.J. Green, Shea Williamson, Katie Chapman and Noella Noakwegijig.

The judges for the Battle of the Books were Hailey McGillis-Prior, Haylee Cress, Zoe Redmond, Madison Skippen, Laura Orford, Lisa Ermilova and Leah Carrick—and each judge sat at one of the tables with the competing teams.

Scorekeepers at the CMPS Battle of the Books were Carter Moggy and Regan Hutchinson, timers were Alice Pennie and Judy Land, while the runner and sound technician was Michael Gibbons.

Healthy snacks for the event were provided by the ISP class, Patti Jo Woods and Sharlene Cranston-Kay, while Karey Fisher handled certificates and medals. Ms. Pennie created the clues and moderated the competition.