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Arcadia Wins Reading Challenge

Team won 2017 Global Reading Challenge.

Arcadia Elementary School’s Dopheide’s Destroyers won the Kalamazoo Public Library’s 2017 Global Reading District Challenge.

Team members Aaron Hale, Giuliana Bush, Makiyah Williams, Layla Adams, Nevin Kelley, and Miriam Mughazy bested four other teams to take home this year’s trophy.

The Global Reading Challenge is a Battle of the Books program sponsored by the library. The competition is designed for fourth- and fifth-graders and promotes the reading of fiction and nonfiction that celebrate diversity.

The Kalamazoo Public Library children’s librarians choose 10 books each year. The books represent a variety of topics and reading levels to encourage participation by as many children as possible.

Teams compete to represent their schools by answering factual and content questions about each book. School winners compete for library branch titles, and branch winners go on to compete for the district title.

This year’s branch winners were:

Central Library — Arcadia Elementary School’s Dopheide’s Destroyers

Powell Branch Library — Northglade Montessori Magnet School’s Book Dragons

Eastwood Branch Library — El Sol Elementary School’s G.R.C Warriors

Washington Square Branch Library — Washington Writers’ Academy’s Reading Rebels

Oshtemo Branch Library — King-Westwood Elementary School’s Lightening Readers

2017 Global Reading Challenge Book Titles

“How Tia Lola Ended Up Starting Over,” by Julia Alvarez. Worried that Papa Espada cannot find a job, Tía Lola, Juanita, Miguel, and the "Sword" sisters decide to start a bed and breakfast at Colonel Charlebois's Vermont house.

“Home of the Brave,” by Katherine Applegate, 2007. Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.

“El Deafo,” by Cece Bell, 2015. The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."

“Because of Winn-Dixie,” by Kate DiCamillo, 2001. Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

“Jackie and Me,” by Dan Gutman, 1999. With his ability to travel through time by using baseball cards, Joe goes back to 1947 to meet Jackie Robinson to find out what it was like to be the man who broke baseball's color barrier.

“Same Sun Here, by Silas House, 2011. A twelve-year-old Indian immigrant in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner's son become pen pals, and eventually best friends, through a series of revealing letters exploring such topics as environmental activism, immigration, and racism.

“The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis,” by Barbara O’Connor, 2009. In Fayette, South Carolina, the highlight of Popeye's summer is learning vocabulary words with his grandmother until a motor home gets stuck nearby and Elvis Jewell, the oldest boy living inside, joins Popeye in finding the source of strange boats floating down the creek.

“Nuts to You,” by Lynn Perkins, 2014. After surviving being carried off by a hawk, a young squirrel resolves to find his way home, as his best friends begin their search for him.

“Shooting Kabul, by N.H. Senzai, 2010. Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.

“Peace, Locomotion,” by Jacqueline Woodson, 2009. Through letters to his little sister, who is living in a different foster home, sixth-grader Lonnie, also known as "Locomotion," keeps a record of their lives while they are apart, describing his own foster family, including his foster brother who returns home after losing a leg in the Iraq War.

Sample Global Reading Challenge questions:

1. From “El Deafo”: What is Cece’s favorite article of clothing?
2. From “Peace, Locomotion”: What is Lonnie’s middle name?
3. From “Nuts to You”: What is the name of game where squirrels fall from trees and lay limp on the ground and laugh?
4. From “Jackie and Me”: In the stickball game, first and third bases were A) Manhole covers B) Shirts on the ground C) Trees on each side of the street.


1. Her bathing suit
2. Collins
3. Be Like Water
4. C) Trees on each side of the street

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