SUMMIT, NJ - Summit elementary school students recently competed in the "Battle of the Books" Fourth and Fifth Grade finales, the culmination of a reading motivation program sponsored by the The New Jersey Association of School Librarians. 

Funded by the Summit Educational Foundation (SEF), the goals of the 'Battle of the Books' program are to encourage reading for pleasure, broaden reading interest, and recognize students who enjoy reading. Each participating school district that chooses to participate in the program has the flexibility to structure their initiative based upon the needs of their school. In Summit, the program is offered as an elective activity held once a week throughout the winter months during recess periods.

Four Fifth Grade teams -- 'Galaxy Readers', 'Lord of the Readers', 'Stunning Stars', and 'Twix' -- faced off in the Lincoln-Hubbard Commons for the Hilltop City title. Teams had the opportunity to answer 10 questions each, in a round-robin format, relying on retention and recall of information, attention to facts and details, and cooperation between teammates. The students had to rely on their close reading skills to as they sorted through characters, setting, and plot, not to mention authors and titles sprinkled over 15 book titles.

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Now in its second year, program participation has grown to include 38 teams of Fourth and Fifth Graders which include a total of 175 students. 

The winner of the Fifth Grade "Battle of the Books" was Franklin Elementary's 'Stunning Stars'. In the separate Fourth Grade finale 'The 5 Musketeers', representing Washington Elementary School, came out on top when they took on Lincoln-Hubbard's 'The Legend of Bookucorns'.

Finalist teams / participants included:

Fifth Grade

'Stunning Stars' - Franklin Elementary: 

Kate Cooper, Olivia Cui, Isabella Diaz, Katherine Morshedian, and Angelina Tung

'Galaxy Readers' - Brayton Elementary: Ava Garvey, Alicia Gallegos, Klara Sleightholme, Julia Speer, and Ruby Wright

'Lord of the Readers' - Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary: Andy Cheung, Henry D'Andrea, Luke Evangelista and Ronan O'Sullivan

'Twix' - Jefferson Elementary: Sofya Andrianova, Rebecca Leung, Keilah Torillo, and Nicole Zecca

Fourth Grade

'The 5 Musketeers' - Washington Elementary: Gabriella Guzzinati, Abigail Kane, Christina Liguori, Susannah O'Connell, and Kate Robertson

'The Legend of Bookucorns' - Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary: Saaniya Alangad, Charlie Barrett, and Julia Eroles, Kian Kamdar, and Daniel Machado