2017 Battle of the Books Participants
The staff of The Novi Public Library would like to acknowledge
and congratulate the 71 5th and 6th grade Novi children who
participated in our fourteenth Annual Battle of the Books at the
Novi Civic Center on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Twelve teams
participated, reading the same six books and coming together in
a competition to answer questions about those books. We also
celebrate the commitment of their parents and coaches who spent
so many hours reading and preparing these youngsters for the
competition. To us, every single one of these young students is
a winner for participating in our event.
The names of the teams and their members are as follows:
1st Place: Books Opps: Vaishnavi Akella, Krithika Muthuraman,
Advika Raichur, Meghana Sethi, Ritvik Reddy Sudi, Vidit
Team Coach: Sunitha Dida
2nd Place: Guardians of the Books
Aditi Earla, Eric Ma,
Tanisha Parikh, Sanjith Udupa, Sid Unniyampath
Pankaj Parikh & Anu Udupa
3rd Place: Book Battalion
George Elengikal, Ethan Liu,
Priyadharshini Moorthy, Shounak Pallav, Nipun Sanagapalli,
Team Coaches: Moorthy Narayanan & Kamalesh Shah
Participating Teams in Alphabetical Order:
Nate Curtiss, Leo Das, Jason Dominic, Shua Hahm,
Monet Hall, Zane Qaqish
Team Coaches: Bob Curtiss, Lynette
Curtiss & Ghaida Qaqish
Hooked on Books
Shreyansh Agiwal, Eesha Atluri, Johan George,
Manish Kota, Ishya Morasa, Yug Shah
Team Coach: Varsha Agiwal
L.O.L Leaders of Literature
Ria Bramhane, Oviya Loganathan,
Parin Raizada, Anika Ranjan, Ashmit Swarnkar, Angela Zuo
Coach: Bhairavi Ranjan
Nishit Reddy Akkulugari, Abhishta Hebbar,
Samyuktha Jeevananthan, Aarav Reddy Raju, Rithi Ramamurthy,
Team Coaches: Ashwini Balasubramanian, Chitra
Jeevananthan & Prathibha Prashanth
Read & Lead
Alice Dsouza, Prashanthini Nanda Kumar, Irawati
Lele, Aastha Murdande, Anagha Nagaraja, Snikitha Periketi
Team Coaches: Lavanya Nanda Kumar & Ulka Lele
The Reading Machine
Andy Li, David Niu, Ruichen Pan, Grace
Wou, Caleb Xiang, Olivia Zhang
Team Coach: Huiping Chen
Shrikha Atchutuni, Sanvika Nandimandalam,
Rashmita Raghunathan, Meghna Reddy, Nikita Talwar, Aditi
Team Coaches: Ranjani Shankar & Shweta Talwar
Titans of Text
Mia Blaszkiewicz , Jennifer Choe, Rena Hwang,
Lena Karshis, Jahnavi Nadig, Sriya Tangutur
Matt Karshis & Kim McKnight
The Unusual Stinging Goldfish
Kendall Baumbick, Swara
Chindhade, Sarah Cromwell, Tessa Long, Sehaj Marok, Krisha
Team Coaches: Lisa Baumbick & Lisa Erickson
We thank the Friends of the Novi Public Library for their
generosity in supporting this program, the City of Novi’s Parks
and Recreation for the space, as well as, Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven
Pizza, which was kind enough to donate coupons for a free pizza
to each of our participants.
Activities like Battle of the Books, we believe, foster a love
of reading in an entertaining manner, enriching not just the
participants and their families, but the entire community.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Battle of the Books?
This is a
program designed to encourage reading and to recognize young
people who like to read.
Who may participate?
All 5th and 6th grade
students who live or attend school in Novi are eligible to
participate by organizing their own teams of 3-6 students, plus
an adult coach.
What happens during the Battle?
read from a list of 6 books and then participate in a contest
where each team answers questions about those books as a team.
Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place teams.
How do we enter the Battle?
registration form will be available late fall of 2017. The first 12 teams to complete their entry form will
be eligible to participate in the Battle.
What does the adult coach do?
teacher, or other interested adult over 18 may be a coach. All
coaches must attend a kick-off meeting at the Novi Public
Library. The list of books to be
read will be announced and a set of books for each team
distributed. Coaches keep their teams motivated and make sure
members are reading their books.
our Battle Video.