CCA students compete in reading challenge

Crossroads Charter Academy fifth-graders (from left) Madeline Stricker, Keira Blount, Shaylynn Harper and (not pictured) Peyton Parker made up the winning team of the annual “Battle of the Books.” During this event, teams of students must read from a list of books over the course of several months before competing in a challenge during which they are asked questions about the books until one winner remains. (Courtesy photo)

BIG RAPIDS — The stakes were high Friday afternoon as fourth- through sixth-grade students at Crossroads Charter Academy competed in their annual “Battle of the Books.”

Heather Morris, fifth-grade teacher and one of the organizers for “Battle of the Books,” explained this is an annual event during which students break into teams at the beginning of the school year, and then must read from a list of 30 books over the following months.

This reading challenge culminates each spring during the “book battle,” which requires students to answer questions about the books on the list until a winner remains.

“The ‘Battle of the Books’ is a good event because it challenges the students to read outside their comfort zone,” Morris said. “It’s also fun for them because they can work with a team.”

She added the list of books included selections from several genres, both fiction and nonfiction, including titles such as “Ramona the Pest,” by Beverly Cleary; “The Tale of Despereaux,” by Kate DiCamillo; and “The Story of Harriet Tubman,” by Kate McMullan.

Students in the top three winning teams each received Scholastic Book Club money sponsored by the CCA parent group, STRIPES.


Posted by Taylor Fussman

Taylor is the city/county reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at

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