Oregon Battle of the Books

    Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a voluntary reading incentive program. At Abernethy, students in grades 3-5 are eligible to participate in teams of 4 or 5 students and at least one parent coach. Teams will meet together to divide work and prepare for school-wide battles. Each battle consists of 16 questions all relating to a list of books chosen by the State OBOB committee (see booklist below). One winning team from Abernethy will go on to Regionals and potentially State Finals.

    If your student is interested in participating, the first steps are to start reading the OBOB book list and start looking for potential teammates. 



    Abernethy’s 2024 Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)

    How will it work? Teams will be assigned battle times where they will compete against another team. Each battle will have 16 questions (8 “In Which Book…” questions where students will answer with the title and author of a book on the OBOB list and 8 “Content” questions where students will answer with a detail from the book). Each team will have the “first chance” at 8 of the 16 questions, with potential to “pick up” points should the opposing team answer their question incorrectly. Each team will have an established spokesperson and time to discuss their question before submitting an answer. After all teams battle twice in Round One, teams with the highest point totals will move on to the next round where they will need to win each battle to continue advancing. 

    3rd to 5th Grade Division


    • Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd
    • Flor and Miranda Steal the Show by Jennifer Torres
    • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg*
    • The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
    • The List of Things that Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead
    • The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm
    • The Midnight Children by Dan Gemeinhart
    • Molly and the Twin Towers: A 9/11 Survival Story by Jessika Fleck
    • New From Here by Kelly Yang
    • Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac
    • Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas
    • The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin (Student Popular Choice Vote)
    • A True Home by Kallie George
    • Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson
    • When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
    • Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams (NOT the graphic novel version)

    *The official OBOB edition of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler is the 1998 edition from Atheneum Books for Young Readers (9780689711817). You may read another edition, but page numbers and content will be taken from this edition. No questions will be created from any prefaces, introductions, afterwards, etc.



    OBOB Registration and More Details


    Oregon Battle of the Books official website 
    OBOB info posted on the Cedar Mills Community Library website 
    Multnomah County Library OBOB Grades 3-5 book availability

    QUIZLET- an online quiz and study guide generator

    Youtube video on OBOB rules

    Youtube Basic introduction to OBOB

    OBOB Reading Log for 2017-18 (doc) - assign books to team members and track progress
    OBOB Practice Question Templates (pdf)
    FAQ for Parents and Coaches (pdf)
    Example of 'Round Robin' scoring sheet from a previous year of OBOB
    Battle score sheet - official score sheet that coaches use to track points during battles
    Official OBOB Handbook - general info on BOB, including battle rules