Battle of the Books by C. L. Lewis

Because of the Creed Griffon series, I’ve been privileged to visit many wonderful schools. Some of them have incorporated the B.O.B. program (Battle of Books) or similar programs. I first learned of the B.O.B. competition at one of my book signings. A teacher purchased a copy of The Road to Dendura and told me she was going to offer it up to her students for battle. Of course this sparked my interest and momentarily left me thinking – ‘What kind of teacher are you?’ Images of a kid type American Gladiator were quick to pelt my brain. Thankfully, she began telling me about the B.O.B. and how her kids really come alive when competing against each other.

Below is a little bit of information about the program directly from the official Battle of the Books website. All I can say is that they do take this competition very seriously and  allow students to compete at local, regional, and state levels. However, if you don’t want to participate on a major scale, I’ve known various teachers who have held private book battles just for their own classes, with books of their own choosing, along with various incentives. If you’ve been looking for new ways to get your children or teens interested in reading, the following should give you a few ideas. 

What is Battle of the Books :

America’s Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program
for students in grades 3-12. The purpose is simply to encourage students
to read good books and have fun while competing with peers.

How Does A Student Participate?

A student participates by reading from the book list provided for that
year’s America’s Battle of the Books. Students may count “books” they
have read before. However, they cannot count books that they have only
seen on a video or a movie. They must read the book. They should keep a
summary so they can review this information before their “Local Battle.”

Where Do The Students Get The Books?

School libraries may order copies of each book on the list. The book
stores will also have them available.

When Do The Students Read The Books?

The school battles will be held usually in March or April of that year.
Therefore, students will have plenty of time to read the books during
the school year. Reading through the summer is completely optional, but
available to students.

What Is The “Battle?”

A typical “Battle” is a full day tournament or game, like the College
Bowl, in which students’ teams earn points by answering questions about
the books on the book list. The day begins with a meeting in the
cafeteria, a morning snack and directions for the day. Then they are
assigned to a team, given a mascot, and sent to their first round of the
“Battle.” They play several rounds, each against a different team. At
the end of the morning, points are totaled and the two teams with the
most points are invited to a “Grand Battle” after lunch, with the other
teams as their audience. These two teams will also be given the
opportunity to participate in the regional “Battle” in April and the
statewide “Battle” also held in May or June, if regional battles have
been organized by local participants in your area.


How Does It Benefit The Child?

The students gain knowledge and enjoyment from reading good books,
sharing them with friends, parents and teachers, plus a fun day of
playing in the “Battle.”

What Does It Cost To Participate?

The only cost is an annual membership fee. We require that each school
or group using our questions have a current America’s Battle of the
Books association member. An association member is typically a
librarian, teacher, or designated parent. All of our questions are free,
as well as most of our resources. When you fill out the membership form
please send a check (we do not accept credit cards or purchase orders)
with this form.

About Battle of the Books

America’s Battle of the Books is a business partnership that serves
students, families, and schools. No one receives a salary or profits
from the service provided through America’s Battle of the Books. We
exist solely to promote the enjoyment of reading and to strength the
curriculum goals in America’s educational environment. Our financial
profits are placed back into our business to promote our services and
educational goals.



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Keep it Down in There!!! by C. L. Lewis Good Books for teens, tweens, and young adults

I just wanted to say thank you to the Idaho Librarians Association for having me at their convention. A good time was had by all. I enjoyed meeting the people , talking about my book – The Road to Dendura, and discussing book two in the series

It was actually funny being in the civic center with so many librarians. Why you might ask? Because it was so loud and the library is always so quiet. At any moment, I expected someone to tell me to, “Shush! Keep it down over there!” Not to mention the fact that I had a horrible feeling that my books were late – And I hadn’t even checked any out... Of course I’m just having a little fun with these guys. Truly, they are some of the hardest working, sweetest people I’ve met. To top it off, they have a sincere passion for what they do. And from their hard work and dedication, people like myself and my children benefit. Thank you ILA!



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Nampa Public Library Book Signing Event The Road to Dendura

Wow! I want to thank all of you who attended the Nampa Public Library for this event! Everyone made me feel very welcome. I’d also like to thank both Sara and Laura for being my right arms during and after the program! I had a wonderful time meeting everyone, listening to your stories and yes – laughing!. I will periodically be posting more photos as I receive them. The coloring contest was won by Ms. Reagan Kelley  for her awesome art work!
I will be posting her picture as soon as I receive it. 

The question and answer contest was won by Zachary Smith. Christayl Walters placed second! What energy, knowledge, and enthusiasm you two displayed as you battled wits over Road to Dendura trivia!  I was extremely impressed with those of you who had your creature terminology down! I loved meeting the readers and hearing their questions. Many of them such as Ben offered me some very good input! Thanks to all of you, and I hope that you had as good of a time as I did!



The Road to Dendura Teen Fiction & Recent Events

I was fortunate enough to be able to hand out candy at various locations this year. Of course it was with the assistance of a Giest named Thoth. (Character from book 1 The Creed Griffon series: The Road to Dendura

If you have read The Road to Dendura, then you understand that Thoth is leader of the Giests and spends most of his time kidnapping kids – not being nice to them. However, that night I made him promise to be on his best behavior!

Oh, he scared a good majority of the children that came up to him…(not to mention the teens and adults that had fun posing for pictures with him) But, those brave enough to face their fears received a gold chocolate coin as a reward. 

Regardless, after surviving the experience they also learned that when facing fears sometimes, they aren’t as bad as first thought. F.E.A.R. = False Evidence Appearing Real.

In book one: The Road to Dendura, Creed Griffon, my main character, learns to face his fears – One of them being, his fear of the water. He cannot swim, and despises water so much that he has a hard time taking showers because of it! 

As events unfold, he is forced to do the unthinkable – dive into a lagoon and hide himself under water! He is quick to discover that there are things far worse than water to fear.

Yet, one by one Creed overcomes each challenge by deciding not to turn and run, but to turn and face his fears, master them, and go forward. As he confronts each obstacle, he becomes more confident and able to help others do the same.


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