Sixth grade students go over possible answers after asked a question during the championship round of  "Battle of the Books" competition on March 1.

The Reedley Library was filled with groups of focused and competitive students on the afternoon of March 1, all there to answer questions about books and all there to win. 

"This is called Battle of the Books," said Kings Canyon Unified School District representative Renee Delport. "We have elementary battle of the books, middle school battle of the books, and high school. So in here right now is each middle school in the district."

Delport added that students have several months to read a number of pre-selected books and are then asked questions about scenarios in the books, answer them correctly including the author. 

"I am like 500 different types of nervous," said Jessica Roberts, a sixth grader at Navelencia. "Well, we already have five wins in a row, so I think so far we are doing pretty well."

Jessica said some of the selections that students read included:  

"Mockingbird" by Katherine, "The Skin I'm In," by Sharon Flake, and "Shabanu Daughter of the Wind," by Suzanne Fisher Staples.

"We also read some more of the obscure ones too," she added. "Like Doll Bones by Holly Black. I gotta say "Doll Bones" was one of my favorite books to read, it was really cool. I liked the sort of mystical feel it had to it, because the whole doll being possessed and that kind of thing."

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