UCB: Ultimate Book Challenge 2017-2018

What is it?

UCB (formerly Battle of the Books) is a reading competition designed to improve reading and comprehension while also building enthusiasm for reading.  Students will compete individually and in teams to show their knowledge of 10 pre-selected books.  The UCB books are a mixture of current Bluebonnet books and former Bluebonnet books.
Who can compete?
Students in 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade are eligible for the competition. Students must turn in their signed permission forms by Friday, September 15th.
When does it start?
Students will be given an introduction to the competition near the beginning of the school year. Regular UCB practices will be announced in late September, and will begin in October. Most regular practices will be held at Beck on Wednesday mornings, from 7:20 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
How will teams be formed?
In November, all participants who have read AT LEAST FOUR UCB books will take a quiz over the ALL the books.  This is to give them exposure to the type of questions that they will see in the competition and allow them to make a decision of whether they are committed to continue reading and become a team member.  Students that choose to continue will be placed on a UCB team.  Teams will be made up of 6 students (multi and single grade level teams). 
When is the school-wide battle?
In January, the student UCB teams at Beck will compete against each other to determine our Beck Champion UCB Team.
When is the district championship?
In February, our Beck UCB championship team will compete against the other elementary school teams to declare a district winner.
What books are in the battle for the 2017-2018 school year?

Ultimate Book Challenge Books 2017-2018



 Book Trailers

Shelter Dogs

Peg Kehret

 Shelter Dogs

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Judy Blume

 Tales of a fourth grade nothing

Circus Mirandus

Cassie Beasley

 circus mirandus

Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invicible

Ursula Vernon

 hamster princess


Joan Bauer



Barbara Park


The Last Kids on Earth 

Max Brallier

 Last Kids

The Bad Beginning

Lemony Snicket

 Bad Beginning


Katherine Applegate


Dying to Meet You
Author Video

Kate Klise

 Dying To Meet You

Ultimate Book Challenge Thinklink

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