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Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (HRRB) Team
The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team is a competitive group made up of 4th and 5th grade students.  Each team member reads the 16 books from the Georgia Children's Book Award Nominees and writes questions.  10 team members will compete Saturday, January 30, 2015 at Tucker High School in the DeKalb County School District competition. A win of first or second place at the district competition against nearly 50 elementary teams will advance the Clifton HRRB team to the regional  competition at Clayton State University. 
2014 - 2015 Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Reading List 

The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto.

Lexile 1000

The Cheshire Cheese Cat : a Dickens of a tale by Carmen Deedy

A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form an unlikely alliance at London's Cheshire Cheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds inspiration and Queen Victoria makes an unexpected appearance.

Lexile 740

AR 5.1

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

The difficult star of the reality television show "Expedition Survival" disappears on location in the Florida Everglades, where they were filming animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane's family, and Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him, but they must avoid Tuna's gun-happy father.

Lexile 800

AR 5.2

Eight Keys by Suzanne M LaFleur

When twelve-year-old Elise, orphaned since age three, becomes disheartened by middle school, with its bullies, changing relationships, and higher expectations, keys to long-locked rooms and messages from her late father help her cope.

Lexile 590

AR 3.8

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library by Chris Grabenstein

"Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape"

Lexile 720

AR 4.7

 The False Prince by Jennifer Neilsen

In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

Lexile 710

AR 5.1

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine.G.P.

Twelve-year-old Marlee develops a strong friendship with Liz, the new girl in school, but when Liz suddenly stops attending school and Marlee hears a rumor that her friend is actually an African American girl passing herself off as white, the two young girls must decide whether their friendship is worth taking on integration and the dangers it could bring to their families.

Lexile 630

AR 4.1

Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle

When his mother is sent to jail in Los Angeles, eleven-year-old Tony goes to live with his forest ranger great-uncle in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where Tony experiences unconditional love for the first time through his friendship with a rescue dog.

Lexile 1050

M ichael Vey : the Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Fourteen-year-old Michael discovers he has special electrical powers and, with the help of his best friends, becomes aware that there are other teens with similar powers, but something or someone is hunting them and, after Michael's mother is kidnapped, he will need to rely on his powers and his friends to rescue his mom, protect himself, and save the others.

Lexile 500

AR 3.5

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

When Jack Baker’s mother dies, his father deposits him in the Morton Hill Academy for Boys in Maine, far from the only home he has ever known—Kansas. Alone and lonely, Jack befriends Early Auden, a strange, legendary boy who understands all manner of unknowable things, from the necessity of listening to Billie Holiday on rainy days to the secrets embedded in patterns of jelly beans.

Lexile 790

AR 5.2

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Carley struggles with being open to love after she suffers a betrayal that forces her to move in with a foster family.

Lexile 520

AR 3.4

Rump : the True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

Relates the tale of Rumpelstiltskin's childhood and youth, explaining why his name is so important, how he is able to spin straw into gold, and why a first-born child is his reward for helping the miller's daughter-turned-queen.

Lexile 660

AR 4.4

Serafina's promise by Ann E. Burg

In a poor village outside of Port-au-Prince,Haiti,Serafina works hard to help her family,but dreams of going to school and becoming a doctor--then the earthquake hits and Serafina must summon all her courage to find her father and still get medicine for her sick baby brother as she promised.

Lexile 590

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing,North Carolina,Mo LoBeau,now eleven,and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a cafe and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.

 Lexile 560
AR 3.9 

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt and Jennifer Bricking

Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J'miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch.

 Lexile 810 

Ungifted by Gordon Korman.

Due to an administrative mix-up,troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction,a special program for gifted and talented students,after pulling a major prank at middle school.

 Lexile 730
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