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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Butterfield Teens Win 5th Annual Teen Battle of the Books Title

  • Butterfield teens Tessa Reynolds, Emma Reynolds, and Elida Zaldivar won the 2013 Battle of the Books, the mind-bending trivia bowl for teen book lovers.
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  • Butterfield teens Tessa Reynolds, Emma Reynolds, and Elida Zaldivar won the 2013 Battle of the Books, the mind-bending trivia bowl for teen book lovers. Each received a $100 gift card pack to Barnes and Noble, Shopko, Dairy Queen, and Game Stop for their hard work.
    Teams of 3-4 teens competed by answering questions about four exceptional books—Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach, Cinder by Melissa Meyer, Legend by Marie Lu, and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.
    Teens from the Traverse des Sioux Library System (including Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan counties) faced off on Saturday, Aug. 3 at the St. Peter Community Center.
    The St. James team (Ana San Miguel, Bailey Haseman, and Maren Malakowsky) and the Mankato/North Mankato team (Janinya Berglin, Emily Smith, Lauren Smith, and Olivia Madson) tied for second place while the LeSueur team (Tess Chadwick, Amelia Froelich, Maddy Meyer, and Elizabeth Olsson) placed third.
    Despite being hindered by one of their teammates not showing up for the competition, the Butterfield team blew by the competition by exhaustively studying the books. Tessa Reynolds read the books up to eight times. So where did the winning team go to celebrate? The library! After the Battle, the team headed out to check out some non-Battle books they have been missing out on while studying for the competition.
    Author Geoff Herbach attended the event, welcoming the crowd, asking practice questions, and signing books. Herbach admitted that even he was stumped on some of the questions about his book.
    This project was made possible grants and funding by the Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund via the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative, the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust, the Shopko Foundation, the Friends of the Martin County Library, the Friends of the Madelia Library, the Friends of the St. James Library, the Friends of the New Ulm Library, the Friends of the Muir Library, the Friends of the Waseca Public Library, the Springfield Library Board, and the St. Peter Community Center.
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