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 2019 Interscholastic Reading Competition were A.J. McMullen nine, readers

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 2020 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.

2020 Interscholastic Reading Competition Books

The following books will be used for the 2020 Competition and may be borrowed from the Library or through OverDrive at https://waggin.overdrive.com

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui Sutherland

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

Lost in the Pacific, 1942 by Tod Olson

Lost Trail by Donn Fendler

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

Out of Left Field by Ellan Klages

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Sea Otter Heroes by Patricia Newman

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

Spooked! By Gail Jarrow

The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

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.

Past Winners

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

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

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