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What is Book Bowl?Top of Page

Four kids standing on a stage with a teacher in front.
The book bowl team is responsible for reading the 20 Georgia Peach Award nominees for the year.  They then compete against other teams answering questions about the books.  Each team member is responsible for reading a certain number of books.
During the fall semester, students will meet once a month to get new books and keep tabs on their progress.  Staring the first day of Spring semester, practices will be held Monday through Thursday from 3:30 - 4:30.  Team members are responsible for attending at least two practices a week.
The regional competition is held at the University of West Georgia on a Saturday in the middle of February.  More details will follow.

Helen Ruffin Reading BowlTop of Page

Several years ago, Mrs. Helen Ruffin, a library media specialist in DeKalb County, wanted to find a way to use the nominee books from the Georgia Children’s Book Awards to encourage her students to read. She therefore created a unique reading competition in game format, called the Reading Bowl, using the award nominees. Her vision was to have teams comprised of students from different schools compete to test their knowledge of the selected books.

Today, the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is open to students in grades four through twelve across the state. The winning teams from the Divisional Bowls meet at the Annual Conference on Children’s Literature in March for the State Championship of the Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl.

2018-2019 Nominees are here!Top of Page

Click here for a brief summary of the books!

Allegedly                                        by Tiffany Jackson
Bang                                                by Barry Lyga
Don't Get Caught                          by Kurt Dinan
Frozen Charlotte                          by Alex Bell
Girls Made of Snow and Glass  by Melissa Bashardoust
Gutless                                          by Carl Deuker
The Hate U Give                            by Angie Thomas
How to Hang a Witch                  by Adriana Mather
Mars One                                        by Jonathan Maberry
Moxie                                              by Jennifer Mathieu
The Names They Gave Us          by Emery Lord
Orange: The Complete Collection Volume 1 by Ichigo Takano
Radio Silence                                  by Alice Oseman
Scythe                                              by Neal Shusterman
The Sun is Also a Star                  by Nicola Yoon
The Upside of Unrequited            by Becky Albertalli
Warcross                                        by Marie Lu
What to Say Next                          by Julie Buxbaum
When Dimple Met Rishi                by Sandhya Menon
Wonder Woman: Warbringer      by Leigh Bardugo 

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