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Battle of the Books

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No School? No Worries!!!  

We're BOBing in Google Classroom and Meet!

Email Coach Carr at njcarr@wcpss.net if you're interested in joining us


Martin's 2020 Battle of the Books Team

We entered the quarterfinals in 6th place out of 27 teams at the WCPSS BOB Tournament 

Click Here to Watch a Video About our Year with BOB



Martin's 2019 Battle of the Books Team


We Entered the Quarterfinals in 2nd Place at the WCPSS Tournament!



Martin's 2018 Battle of the Books Team

We earned 4th place at the 2018 WCPSS Battle of the Books Tournament




Martin's 2017 Battle of the Books Tea 


We are the 2017 Wake County BOB Champions


The 2017 NC Region 3 BOB Champions  


The 2017 State 3rd Place Winners!!! 



What is BOB?

BOB is short for Battle of the Books. It's like Quiz Bowl just for books!  In addition to reading the acclaimed books annually chosen for the North Carolina BOB list, students make new friends and learn to work as a team. Martin holds a BOB tournament just for our sixth graders, and we also have a school team open to grades 6-8. The school team competes in the annual Wake County Battle of The Books Tournament.


Our 2017 BOB Sweep:

This year’s WCPSS Battle of the Books Tournament was held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Apex Friendship High School. Martin competed with 24 other WCPSS middle schools. After the first two preliminary rounds of competition, in which we competed with Moore Square and Zebulon, our team was in 1st place with a whopping 44 points. Along with the other teams with the top 8 scores, we moved on to the 3rd round--the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals we competed against Dillard Drive, the 2016 BOB Champs. The first match was a tie, but after winning the tiebreaker round, Martin advanced to the semifinals against Lufkin Road. After another tiebreaker round, Martin beat Lufkin Road 15 to 14. In the finals, Martin met the BOB Dynasty of Apex Middle who has more tournament wins than any other middle school. The Battles were tense. The first battle was an 18-18 tie; in tiebreaker 1, another 18 to 18 tie; tiebreaker 2 was another 18 to 18 tie; tiebreaker 3… a 22 to 9 Martin Victory, and after years of blood, sweat, and tears...



On March 24, 2017 Martin represented WCPSS at the Region 3 BOB Tournament in Durham.  We battled 11 other counties and only lost 1 battle.  Martin won first place by 36 points and earned the honor of representing Region 3 at the State BOB Tournament!


On May 5th, 2017 we faced each region's winner at the State BOB Tournament at Wake Tech.  We competed in 12 battles over the course of the day.  The morning battles were challenging, but after lunch, we came back tough and won 3rd place in the State!  This is especially impressive since it was Martin's first time that anyone can remember competing at the State level. 


Congratulations to our mighty team who was poised yet fierce in battle! This committed group spent much of their spare time reading the 27 books on the list, memorizing all the authors and titles, and they even gave up lunch periods and after-school time to practice for the tournament.  


Do you have what it takes to be a Martin BOBer? If so, begin with the reading list below!


BOB Resources 


Battle of the Books Schedule 2019-2020

  • 10/2/19                       Lunch with BOB (General info. meeting for students interested in BOB)

  •  Fall 2019                    Lunch Practices 

  • 12/11/19                    6th gr Tournament Practice Round

  • 12/12/19                    6th gr Tournament First Round

  • 12/13/19                    6th gr Tournament Finals

  • 12/17/19                    Qualifying Test for 2020 School Team

  • Jan-Feb 2020             Lunch Practice on Tues/Thurs & After School Practice on Wed 2:15-4pm

  • 2/29/20                      County BOB Tournament at Apex Friendship Middle

  • 3/1/20                        New BOB 2020-21 Reading List is Released

  • Spring 2020               Start Reading New Books and Meet Monthly at Lunch                 

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