Photo by HUSDStudents from Whittier Elementary School participate in Battle of the Books, a competition that tests fifth graders’ reading levels. ■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter Battle of the Books at Whittier and Hemet middle schools Whittier Elementary School hosted its 18th annual “Battle of the Books” on Thursday, May 11, a competition event in which 5th grade students participate to showcase their reading levels. To participate, students had to pass the Accelerated Reading (AR) test for “A Long Way to Chicago” by Richard Peck, “The Witch of Blackbird Pond” by Elizabeth George Speare, “My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannett, “The Watsons go to Birmingham” by Christopher Paul Curtis,
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