There were seventeen titles for the elementary students from the Georgia Book Awards. The teams were challenged to read most of the books on their assigned list. During the event, teams were asked literal questions about the book. The team with the most points won the match.
Reading team coordinator and coach Traci Brady noted, “All teams received a participation trophy and the elementary team did very well and will be more competitive next year. This was some members of the team’s first experience. They will know more what to expect next year. I am proud of them for reading so many of the books on the list.” Other elementary schools participating included Mattie Wells, Dames Ferry, Putnam, Montgomery County, KB Sutton, Hubbard, Midway, and Eagle Ridge.
Elementary team members were Maggie Johnston, Katie Mathews, Haiden Crews, Savannah Stanton, Harris Brady, and Riley Reed. They were coached by Traci Brady.
After reading the books for their grade level, some of team members were asked which book they liked the best. Harris Brady found Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur her favorite book; Katie Mathews enjoyed Serafina’s Promise by AnnE. Burg; Maggie Johnston, The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine; Savannah Stanton, True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt; Haiden Crews, Chomp by Carl Hiaassen, and Riley Reed liked The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen.
Titles on the booklist excluding the titles above included elementary/middle school: The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson, The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Deedy, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein, Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle; Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul, Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool, One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly-Hunt, Rump: the True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff, Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage, and Ungifted by Gordon Korman.