•  Do you love to read and have book discussions?

    Then join our Battle of the Books Club!

    Battle of the Books is a reading program for students in 3rd thru 5th grade. The list of books comes from the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award titles.  The program is a "quiz bowl" type of game in which teams try to answer content questions and identify titles and authors of the 15 Sunshine State Young Readers Award titles.  Questions are based on plots, settings and characters.  Students are expected to read a minimum of 8 of the15 chosen books in order to take the qualifying test. Taking the qualifying test does not guarantee making a team. However, those who score well enough will be placed on teams to compete in our school Battle of the Books competition. The winning team at the school level will go on to compete at the Regional Competition.

    When: Each Wednesday after school (beginning soon)

    Where: Media Center

    The books can be checked out from the Media Center, your local library, or found on MackinVia.

    Scroll down to see the list of the 2016-2017 Battle of the Books list.  
    Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books 2016-2017 List for Grades 3-5

    Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

    Have you ever felt like you could never do anything right? And you spend most of your life trying to figure out what you’re good at? Albie spends most of his time wondering just that. His new babysitter, Calista, opens up a world of adventures teaching him new skills and sometimes getting him in trouble.

     All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

    Gladys has been cooking gourmet dishes since the age of seven, just don’t tell her microwave- loving parents! After a small accident involving the crème brûlée, Gladys is cut off from the kitchen. But when Gladys is mistakenly offered an opportunity to write for a major newspaper as a food writer in New York City, she sets off to live her dream and keep her true identity a secret. Just, still don’t tell her parents!

     Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

    Micah’s grandfather, Ephraim, has always shared stories with him about Circus Mirandus, a magical circus. As his grandfather is dying, Micah realizes the stories are true. Can the magic of the mysterious circus save his grandfather from dying? Micah is determined to find out.

     Dinosaur Boy by Cory Putman Oakes

    The summer before he begins fifth grade, Sawyer sprouts a tail with spikes. As a result, he is bullied in school. When the bullies begin to disappear, Sawyer, his best friend Elliot, and the new girl in school know they need to get to the bottom of the mystery before it is too late.

      Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells

    Sixth-grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot code-name “Eddie Red,” has a photographic memory and a talent for drawing anything he sees. When the NYPD is stumped by a mastermind art thief, Eddie becomes their secret weapon, drawing Eddie deeper into New York’s famous Museum Mile. Can Eddie help catch the thieves in time, or will his first big case be his last?

     Fish Finelli: Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles by E.S. Farber

    When the town bully bets nine-year-old Norman “Fish” Finelli that he can’t find Captain  Kidd’s famous treasure, Fish and his friends embark on a quest to discover the pirate’s bur- ied  wooden trunk of lost booty.

     Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

    Ally uses her strengths in math and art, along with some behavior distractions, to help her get through school. When a new teacher discovers Ally’s dyslexia, he builds up Ally’s confidence, as well as her ability to read, maybe for the first time ever. With the help of her new friends, Ally learns that it is not always about fitting in, but about what it means to find a place that fits.

    Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

     Lucy’s family moves to a small, lakeside community in New Hampshire. She and her new friend Nate secretly plan to spend the summer taking photos for a contest which her professional photographer father will be judging. To their surprise, they learn that photos can sometimes show more than people want to see.

    Gabby Duran and the Unsittables by Daryle Conners and Elise Allen

    Gabby Duran, babysitter extraordinaire, has many celebrity clients all over the country.  She  soon finds herself as the newest associate working for the Association Linking Intergalactics and Earlthlings (also known as A.L.I.E.N.) as a babysitter for the “unsittables” — some of the galaxy’s toughest extraterrestrials!

    The Pet War by Allen Woodrow

     Eleven-year- old Otto’s desire for a dog turns into sibling rivalry when his older sister, Lexi, claims she wants a cat. Their mother wants neither. The competition is on after their mother gives them  a challenge: whomever can earn $500 in a month will get the pet of his or her choice. As the competition gets fiercer, the stakes get higher. Let the Pet War begin!


    Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater

    Thanks to a Unicorn Incident at her school, Pip spends the summer with her aunt at a clinic for magical creatures. It’s fun... until Fuzzles appear and begin bursting into flames. Pip and her friend Tomas must take quick action to solve the problem before it causes more trouble for all creatures, magical or not.


    Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood

    Prairie Evers has been home-schooled her whole life. After a move up north with her family, Prairie finds herself going to public school for the very first time. Prairie discovers that between raising chickens and nurturing a brand new friendship with a girl her age, school and life in upstate New York aren’t quite as bad as she anticipated.


    Serafina’s Promise by Ann Burg

    Eleven-year-old Serafina’s life in Haiti is filled with chores and struggle. But she dreams of going to school and becoming a doctor. She is still mourning the death of her baby brother when she learns her Manman is about to have another baby. Just as her dreams may come true, her family faces natural disasters and separation. This novel, written in verse, weaves a story of Haitian history, culture, and one girl’s determination to help her family and achieve her dreams.


    The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John

    Miles moves to quiet Yawnee Valley with plans to make mischief, but he is quickly involved in a battle to be the best prankster in town. This book is full of many pranks and 1,346 interesting  facts about cows!


    The Worm Whisperer by Betty Hicks

    Fifth grader Ellis Coffey wants to win the annual Woolly Worm Race, because the prize is $1,000, and his father needs just that amount to pay for his back surgery. To win, he must befriend and train a worm to be the fastest in the race. But will it be enough?