Library books shelf pixabay

On Saturday, Jan. 12, Gainesville Middle School will be the site of an epic battle of literary comprehension. The school will throw open its doors to 11 area middle schools with 42 teams of nearly 200 students as they compete as a precursor to the Battle of the Books finals in March.   

Organizers expect hundreds of school librarians, teachers, volunteers, parents and friends to be in attendance as the students demonstrate their keen knowledge and factual recollection from thousands of pages read since September.  

Prince William County Middle Schools are represented by students from Benton, Gainesville, Graham Park, Hampton, Parkside, Pennington, Porter, Reagan, Saunders, and Woodbridge, while Rocky Run students will represent Fairfax County Public Schools.

The competition will consist of three rounds of battle: The 50-question multiple choice written test, the head-to-head Team A vs. Team B contest, and the all teams Quotes challenge.  These fiercely contested rounds are awarded points and the highest cumulative point total wins the battle with bragging rights until the Final BOB Competition in March.

Written by Karen Propheter. For more information about the  “Piedmont Region Battle of the Books Open”, contact Claire Klassen at 703-753-2997 or

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.