2019 Battle of the Books

In 2019, the Battle of the Books Grand Traverse filled all 48 teams slots plus two alternate teams.

Of the ten book titles, popular choices among the readers
were Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Sidekicks, Hoot, and Where The Mountain Meets the Moon.

Grace Lin, author of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, shared her inspirations in writing the book and
had everyone drawing their own Chinese dragons.


Winning Team: F.B.I. (Friendly Book Investigators)

  • Mara Niemi
  • Gabrielle Sebastian
  • Becky Lechota
  • Sophia Barbas
  • Porter Stevenson
  • Cooper Boyle

Coach: Bridgette Barbas


Runner-Up Team: Dumbledore's Army of Readers

  • Natalie Burpee
  • Charlie Hammersley
  • Madeline Miller
  • Shay Ankney
  • Milo Gareiss
  • Parker Ziegler

Coach: Nicole Ziegler

Team Awards

  • Most Creative Team Name ~ Bookie Wants A Cookie
  • Best Poster and Slogan ~ The Fantasy Foragers “We leave no pages unturned.”
  • Best Sportsmanship ~ Chapter Book Chompers
  • Team Spirit ~ Bearded Book Bosses
  • Kraken Award for Special Achievement ~ PAALMS Readers





Special thanks to Hagerty, Leadstar, eFulfillment Service, Sera & Richard Thompson, Anne & Robert Tucker, Hazelnut Kids,
and Traverse Area District Library.