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Deer Creek students tackle Battle of the Books

Winning team, 'Fuzzy Bunnies,' qualified for regional competition
by: Jennifer Scypinski DON’T MESS WITH THESE FUZZY BUNNIES –Deer Creek Elementary's top team in its first Battle of the Books competition is the "Fuzzy Bunnies" - (back row from left) Vivian Britton, Emma Morrison and Dasha Harris plus (front row from left) Hailey Brill and Yun-Shan Lee.

Deer Creek Elementary participated in this year's Battle of the Books, and "it has been a complete success," said Jennifer Scypinski, the school's teacher-librarian.

"So many of the students participated and were so excited about it, and it has really changed the way students talked about literature."

Battle of the Books is a popular reading-incentive program in elementary, middle and high schools across the country. Across the country, classroom teachers plus reading and library media specialists choose the books each year, which students read in anticipation of a competition.

All of the questions in the competition begin with the words, "In which book?" and the correct answer is always the title and author of the book.

At Deer Creek, seven fourth-and fifth-grade teams participated along with one third-grade reading group.

The top-place team, called the "Fuzzy Bunnies," consisted of fourth-graders Emma Morrison, Vivian Britton and Yun-shun Le plus fifth-graders Dasha Harris and Hailey Brill.

The book titles were announced in September, and the girls said they started reading them in October. Teams were determined within each classroom, and the first intra-school "battle" was held in early January.

"More books were in circulation from the library, and more kids were reading than ever before," Scypinski said. "It helped their vocabulary. Even kids who don't read picked up words during the discussions.

"At the competition, everybody went at least two rounds, and it was based on total points. The kids have to read for meaning. This team loves to read, but they were still shocked when they won."

There were a whopping total of 16 books that could be read, so each girl specialized in some of them, according to Emma. "And we all read other books too," she said.

The "Fuzzy Bunnies" went to the regional competition at Sunset High School on March 5.