Book smart 

Teams from 36 high schools compete in the Battle of the Books.

May 25, 2009

On Saturday, May 16, three teams took the stage to participate in the Grand Championship high school Battle of the Books competition.


Students from Lincoln Park, 2001 N. Orchard St., Von Steuben, 5039 N. Kimball Ave., and Juarez, 2150 S. Laflin St., answered questions on a range of topics about the 20 books they had read during the 2008-2009 school year. But only one team emerged victorious.


A look back at a great year

On Thursday, March 19, teams from 36 high schools came together at Whitney Young, 211 S. Laflin Stfor the 2009 Battle of the Books preliminary and semifinal rounds of competition.


Each team was comprised of four to six students accompanied by several book club facilitators.  To prepare for this event, the students collectively read from a  pre-selected list of 20 books.  During the competition, groups of three to four teams answered questions about the books using buzzer systems. 


Twelve teams advanced to the semifinal level with three teams–Juarez, Lincoln Park, and Von Steuben–emerging victorious to advance to the final competition.


The finals

The sounds of buzzers filled the halls as the top three schools competed for the No. 1 prize at Mayor Daley’s Book Club Spring Conference, which took place at Dusable, 4934 S. Wabash Ave. Lincoln Park High School took home the 1st place trophy with Von Steuben and Juarez rounding out second and third place respectively.


As the event concluded, many students and facilitators said they enjoyed reading the books in preparation for the competition, and that it was a great experience. 


Learn more about Mayor Daley’s Book Club.



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