Battle of the Books Lists for Senior Teams

Suggested Authors | Practice Questions | Answers

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

* Canadian author
** Classic author

Suggested Authors

  • Alcott, Louisa M. **
  • Angleberger, Tom
  • Applegate, Katherine
  • Armstrong, Kelley *
  • Atwater, Richard **
  • Auxier, Jonathan *
  • Aveyard, Victoria


  • Bardugo, Leigh
  • Barrie, J. M. **
  • Baum, Frank **
  • Blume, Judy **
  • Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
  • Burnett, Frances Hodgson **


  • Carroll, Lewis **
  • Choldenko, Gennifer
  • Clements, Andrew **
  • Colfer, Chris
  • Collins, Suzanne
  • Cotter, Charis *
  • Curtis, Christopher Paul *


  • Dahl, Roald **
  • Dashner, James
  • DiCamillo, Kate
  • Duprau, Jeanne


  • Ellis, Deborah *


  • Flanagan, John


  • Gaiman, Neil
  • Gibbs, Stuart
  • Grabenstein, Chris
  • Grant, Vicki *


  • Hale, Shannon
  • Holm, Jennifer
  • Horowitz, Anthony
  • Hunter, Erin


  • Keating, Jess *
  • Kibuishi, Kazu
  • King, Wesley *
  • Kinney, Jeff
  • Kipling, Rudyard **
  • Konigsburg, E. L. **
  • Korman, Gordon *


  • Lewis, C. S. **
  • Lloyd, Natalie
  • London, Jack **
  • Lore, Pittacus
  • Lowry, Lois **
  • Lu, Marie


  • Maihack, Mike
  • Marr, Marissa
  • Martin, Anne M. **
  • McKay, Sharon *
  • McMann, Lisa
  • Meyer, Marissa
  • Meyer, Stephenie
  • Mlynowski, Sarah
  • Montgomery, Lucy M. * **
  • Mowat, Farley *


  • Narsimhan, Mahtab *
  • Naylor, Phyllis Reynold **
  • Nielsen, Jennifer
  • Nielsen, Susin *


  • Oppel, Kenneth *


  • Palacio, R. J.
  • Paterson, Katherine **
  • Patterson, James
  • Paulsen, Gary
  • Pearson, Kit * **
  • Peirce, Lincoln
  • Pennypacker, Sara
  • Pichon, Liz


  • Riggs, Ransome
  • Riordan, Rick
  • Roth, Veronica
  • Rowling, J. K.
  • Russell, Renee


  • Sachar, Louis **
  • Selznick, Brian
  • Sewell, Anna **
  • Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk *
  • Skuy, David *
  • Spyri, Johanna **
  • Stead, Rebecca
  • Stevenson, Robin *
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis **
  • Stiefvater, Maggie
  • Stine, R. L.
  • Stratford, Jordan *
  • Stratton, Allan *
  • Swift, Jonathon **
  • Sylvester, Kevin *


  • Telgemeier, Raina
  • Tolkien, J. R. R. **
  • Travers, P. L. **
  • Twain, Mark **


  • Walters, Eric *
  • Watson, Tom
  • Weston, Robert Paul *
  • Wilder, Laura Ingalls **



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Practice Questions for Senior Teams

  1. In what book do Thorn and Bone wake the dragons who have been asleep underground for years after trying to defend their homeland against invaders?
  2. In which book is a young Sherlock Holmes aided by a pair of crows in his search for evidence to clear a man wrongly accused of murder?
  3. In what award winning book do we read about Moose, Piper, Theresa and Jimmy who all live on the island of Alcatraz with one very famous convict?
  4. In what award-winning book is Travis ridiculed by his schoolmates because he prefers sewing and puppet making to sports and activities that "real" boys like to do?
  5. In which classic book is a mean old man plagued by the three ghosts of Christmas past, present and future?
  6. In which classic thriller were parts of dead bodies brought to life to create a monster after being sewn together?
  7. In Greek mythology, who was forced to carry the world on his back forever?
  8. According to viking myth, warriors killed in battle can be found in this legendary hall constructed from instruments of war.
  9. In what new Silver Birch nominee does Ian ultimately decide to take a stand against his school's new uniforms after he learns that they are made in a sweatshop?
  10. In which new novel does Ben Tomlin get caught up in his parent's research project to teach a baby chimpanzee American Sign Language?
  11. In which Canadian novel do the five Bell children cope with the death of their mother by inventing a fantasy game based on the legends of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table?
  12. In which coming of age novel, set in Smithers B.C., does a teenage girl's diary introduce us to her therapist, Death Lord Bob, her brother MacGregor and her mothers misfit hippie friends ?
  13. Name the fairy who sprinkles magic dust in the story about Peter Pan.
  14. Can you name the character who stole from the rich and gave to the poor?
  15. In which popular book does Emerson Watts work for Stark Enterprises to protect her family after undergoing a brain transplant into the body of a supermodel?
  16. In which book does Grace meet and begin a relationship with Sam, who is really a wolf in human form?
  17. Armed with nothing but her courage and wit, Tara tries to find her missing mother and grandfather, the true healer, in time to save her village. Can you name this award-winning book?
  18. In which new novel do Katsa and Po use their "graces" to save Princess Bitterblue from King Leck of Monsea and to create peace in the Seven Kingdoms?
  19. In which Canadian novel does Violet, fed up with her mother's disasterous dating, take matters into her own hands and write to a famous movie star?
  20. In which book does Fletcher Moon become a Sharkey?

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Answers for Senior Team Sample Questions

  1. Crown of Horns by Jeff Smith
  2. Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock
  3. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
  4. Stitches by Glen Huser
  5. Christmas Carol, A by Charles Dickens
  6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  7. Atlas
  8. Valhalla
  9. Branded by Eric Walters
  10. Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel
  11. A Perfect Gentle Knight by Kit Pearson
  12. Alice, I Think by Susan Juby
  13. Tinkerbell
  14. Robin Hood
  15. Being Nikki by Meg Cabot
  16. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  17. The third eye by Mahtab Narsimhan
  18. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  19. Dear George Clooney, please marry my mom by Susin Nielsen
  20. Half-moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer

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