Interscholastic Reading Competition

The Fayette County Interscholastic Reading Competition is a Jeopardy-style team event for middle school students. It has been sponsored by the Friends of the Uniontown Public Library every year since 2002. Questions are based on 20 age-appropriate books, which the students read during the academic year. In May, teams from all participating schools meet in Uniontown to compete to be the champion.

The winners of the 2018 Interscholastic Reading Competition were the Laurel Highlands Mustangs.

Schools may enter as many teams as they like and there is no registration fee. Children must apply through their school. See below for the list of books for the 2018 Interscholastic Reading Competition.

How the Reading Competition Works

Teams are comprised of eight students to a team, plus two alternates. It is OK if a team has fewer than eight students on the day of the competition. Alternates may replace a team member in succeeding rounds on the same day. No substitutes are permitted during a round. An adult (who may be the advisor or coach) must accompany each team to the competition. However, coaches are not to be seated with their teams, nor have any input into their team’s response to a question.

Winners are determined by the cumulative point total of questions answered correctly. There is a moderator in each room and he or she determines if an answer is correct. Students are not permitted to confer with opposing teams, nor their coaches, once the contest has begun. If there is a tie, teams will be asked to identify books based on short excerpts. The winning team will receive a trophy for their school.

Please know that no paper, pencils, food, drinks or books are permitted. Since each team will be moving around the building for each of the three rounds, we are asking you to leave any valuables at home. Also, students are asked not to leave the contest room unless there is an emergency. If you have a cell phone, please be sure it is turned off.

2019 Interscholastic Reading Competition Books

The following books will be used for the 2019 Competition and may be borrowed from the Children’s Library.

  • A Storm Too Soon by Michael J. Tougias
  • Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
  • Drowned City by Don Brown
  • The Eighth Day by Dianne Salerni
  • Freak the Mighty by Rod Philbrick
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  • The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe by Dan Poblocki
  • Hello, Universe by Erin Kelly
  • The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
  • The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Moonbird  by Phillip Hoose
  • Nine, Ten by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  • The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds
  • Once by Morris Gleitzman
  • Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
  • The Someday Birds by Sally Pla
  • Undefeated:  Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Past Winners

The winners of the 2017 Interscholastic Reading Competition were the Lafayette Deep Sea Raiders.

The winners of the 2016 Interscholastic Reading Competition were the Lafayette Book Hunters.