2019 Battle of the Books Selections Announced

Battle of the Books gets Chautauqua County fifth-graders excited about reading. A lively academic competition, Battle of the Books improves reading comprehension, builds vocabulary, and teaches teamwork and good sportsmanship.

For more information on participating in the Battle of the Books, click here.

But whether or not you're participating -- check out these great books that have been selected for the 2019 battle!  The list was compiled with 5th graders in mind, and most have a recommended reading age of 8-12 and grade level 3-7.


Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Cover Image
All's Faire in Middle School Cover Image
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Cover Image
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams Cover Image
Rooftoppers Cover Image
Holes (Holes Series) Cover Image
The Fourteenth Goldfish Cover Image
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle Cover Image
The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary Cover Image
Rebound (The Crossover Series) Cover Image
Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code (Women Who Changed Our World) Cover Image
Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover Cover Image

Submissions are open!

Chautauqua Institution is once again accepting entries for The Chautauqua Janus Prize, now in its second year and boasting a doubled prize amount of $5,000. The Institution’s newest literary prize celebrates an emerging writer’s single work of short fiction or nonfiction for daring formal and aesthetic innovations that upset and reorder readers’ imaginations. In addition to receiving the $5,000 award, the winner will give a lecture on the grounds during the 2019 summer season and appear in a forthcoming issue of the literary journal Chautauqua. The prize is funded by a generous donation from Chautauquans Barbara and Twig Branch.  The 2019 winner will be selected by guest judge Vi Khi Nao, who will also lead a prose workshop during the 2019 summer season with the Chautauqua Writers’ Center.

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A Brief Alphabet of Torture: Stories Cover Image
Sheep Machine Cover Image
Atlas of the Body Cover Image

“IT WASN’T A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT. It should have been, but that’s the weather for you..."

"...For every mad scientist who’s had a convenient thunderstorm just on the night his Great Work is finished and lying on the slab, there have been dozens who’ve sat around aimlessly under the peaceful stars while Igor clocks up the overtime.”

--Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, Good Omens

Don't have anything to read to get into the Halloween spirit?  Now that's a scary thought!

The Witch Elm: A Novel Cover Image
Who's There On Halloween? Cover Image
The Changeling: A Novel Cover Image
Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat (A Click Clack Book) Cover Image
The Teeny Tiny Ghost Cover Image
Son of a Witch: A Novel (Wicked Years #2) Cover Image
A Monster Calls: Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd Cover Image
The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories Cover Image