Battle of the Books Lists for Junior Teams

Suggested Authors | Practice Questions | Answers

Suggested Authors

Please keep in mind that the current Silver Birch nominees are required reads although the author may not appear on the list below.

* Canadian author
** Classic author


  • Alcott, Louisa M. **
  • Angleberger, Tom
  • Applegate, Katherine
  • Atwater, Richard **
  • Auxier, Johnathan *


  • Barrie, J. M. **
  • Barrows, Annie
  • Baum, Frank **
  • Bell, Cece
  • Blume, Judy **
  • Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
  • Brown, Jeff
  • Brown, Jeffrey
  • Bruel, Nick
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson **


  • Carroll, David *
  • Carroll, Lewis **
  • Cleary, Beverly
  • Clements, Andrew
  • Colfer, Chris
  • Cotter, Charis *
  • Curtis, Christopher Paul *


  • Dahl, Roald
  • DiCamillo, Kate
  • DuPrau, Jeanne


  • Ellis, Deborah *


  • Gaiman, Neil
  • Gibbs, Stuart
  • Grabenstein, Chris
  • Griffiths, Andy
  • Gutman, Dan


  • Hale, Shannon
  • Holm, Jennifer
  • Hunt, Lynda Mullaly
  • Hunter, Erin


  • Jamieson, Victoria


  • Keating, Jess *
  • Kibuishi, Kazu
  • King, Wesley *
  • Kinney, Jeff
  • Kipling, Rudyard **
  • Korman, Gordon *


  • Lewis, C. S. **
  • Lloyd, Natalie
  • London, Jack **
  • Lowry, Lois **


  • Maihack, Mike
  • McDonald, Megan
  • McKay, Sharon *
  • Meadows, Daisy
  • Milne, A. A. **
  • Mlynowski, Sarah
  • Montgomery, Lucy Maude * **
  • Mowat, Farley *


  • Narsimhan, Mahtab *
  • Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds **
  • Nielsen, Jennifer


  • O'Donnell, Liam *
  • Oppel, Kenneth *
  • Osborne, Mary Pope


  • Palacio, R. J.
  • Park, Barbara
  • Pastis, Stephan
  • Paterson, Katherine **
  • Patterson, James
  • Paulsen, Gary **
  • Pearson, Kit * **
  • Pennypaker, Sara
  • Peirce, Lincoln
  • Pichon, Liz
  • Pilkey, Dav


  • Riordan, Rick
  • Rowling, J. K.
  • Russell, Renee


  • Sachar, Louis **
  • Selznick, Brian
  • Sewell, Anna **
  • Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk *
  • Skuy, David *
  • Snicket, Lemony
  • Spyri, Johanna **
  • Stevenson, Robin *
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis **
  • Stine, R. L.
  • Stilton, Geronimo
  • Stratford, Jordan *
  • Sutherland, Tui
  • Swift, Jonathan **
  • Sylvester, Kevin *


  • Tarshis, Lauren
  • Telgemeier, Raina
  • Travers, P. L.
  • Twain, Mark **


  • Vernon, Ursula


  • Wade, Michael *
  • Walters, Eric *
  • Watson, Tom
  • Weston, Robert Paul *
  • White, E. B. **
  • Wilder, Laura Ingalls **



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Practice Questions for Junior Teams

  1. Joe, Sam and Fred are in for more than they imagine when they open the magical book Joe's uncle gave him as a birthday gift. What is the name of this popular serie?
  2. Name the fantasy series where we follow the magical adventures of Mathias, Mousemaid Mariel, Bodrang the Tyrant, and Cluny the one-eyed rat.
  3. In which award-winning book does Patricia travel back in time on a visit to her cousin's cottage in Edmonton? The secret to her time travel is her grandmother's watch.
  4. In which award winning novel does Rose Larkin step back in time to Upper Canada where she helps search for a friend lost in the American Civil War?
  5. In which classic book does Travis grow to love the big, ugly, yellow dog who shows up at his house and protects the family from rabid wolves?
  6. This classic book about a horse tells the story of how his life starts out pampered, but gets worse as he is passed from owner to owner until he finally has a happy ending?
  7. In what Canadian book does Penelope wake up unable to hear and learn that all of the children in her town (except for her and one boy) have disappeared?
  8. In which Canadian book are Alan and Freida kidnapped by thieves who use Freida's wheelchair for transporting stolen goods?
  9. In which folktale does a soldier persuade an old woman to make soup with a rock from her garden?
  10. In which fairy tale does a greedy princess lose her golden ball and have it retreived from the bottom of a well by a frog?
  11. In which book must Annie and her sisters learn to drive the family car after their parents disappear, despite they are not yet eight years old and their feet do not reach the peddles?
  12. In what book do Amy and Dan Cahill visit Egypt and stumble upon a special statue, take a wild ride in a submersible and visit an underground tomb?
  13. Name the animal doctor who talks to the animals and takes a voyage to Spidermonkey Island.
  14. Name the evil character who is always pursuing the Beaudelaire children for their wealth?
  15. Canada's history is portrayed through the diaries of young heroines in this historical-fiction series.
  16. In which popular series would you meet a mouse who edits a newspaper, has adventures with vampire rats and is a secret agent ?
  17. In what series do twins, Simon and Jared and their big sister Mallory, use The Field Guide and the Seeing Stone in their adventures?
  18. In what series of books, by a number of different authors, do Amy and Dan Cahill follow many clues and share many exciting adventures,in order to solve a great mystery? Name the series and name one of the authors of the on-going series.
  19. In which book do Tommy and Petra travel to England to help search after their friend, Calder, disappears in Woodstock at Blenheim Castle?
  20. In what book does Jacob discover a magic mirror that transports him to a warring world full of witches, giants and ogres? Name the title and author.

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Answers for Junior Team Sample Questions

  1. Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka
  2. Redwall (SERIES) by Brian Jacques
  3. Handful of Time, A by Kit Pearson
  4. Root Cellar, The by Janet Lunn
  5. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  6. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  7. After Hamelin by Bill Richardson
  8. Nose For Adventure, A by Richard Scrimger
  9. Stone Soup
  10. Frog Prince, The
  11. Annie's Adventures by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
  12. Beyond the Grave by Jude Watson
  13. Doctor Dolittle
  14. Count Olaf
  15. Dear Canada
  16. Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton
  17. Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black & Tony Diterlizzi
  18. 39 Clues by Korman, Park, Haddix, Watson, Riordan, Lerangis, Carman
  19. Calder Game. The by Blue Balliet
  20. Reckless by Cornelia Funke

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