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GMS Media Center: Book Wars


What is Book Wars?check box

Book Wars is a dynamic program that combines a book discussion club with an exciting trivia competition. It offers an excellent opportunity for MCPS middle school students to not only indulge in their love for reading but also engage in a competition that fosters teamwork and sportsmanship. The program is entirely voluntary and convenes twice a month in the Media Center for book discussions and team-building activities. Throughout the year, we'll be gearing up for the highly anticipated Book Wars competition, a thrilling trivia tournament where we'll put our skills to the test against other MCPS middle schools. Working in teams, we'll prepare diligently for the grand event on Book Wars Competition Day, set to take place in the spring.


Program Information:

  • Team members will embark on a journey to read 20 books in a year. We'll meet bi-weekly to discuss, collaborate, and most importantly, have a blast! While we're eager to compete with our friends at Redland, Shady Grove, and Forest Oak Middle Schools, our primary focus is on team building, nurturing creativity, and celebrating our love for reading.

  • Team members will need to commit to reading the same ten books, as well as one or two series. You'll be tasked with creating and submitting practice trivia questions, along with your favorite quotes.

  • Our book selections span across various genres and feature a diverse cast of characters. Rest assured, all titles are readily available for borrowing from our school's library, accessible in various formats including Sora eBooks, audiobooks, and in print. Click on the image below to review this year's selections.




We're looking forward to an incredible year filled with books, camaraderie, and friendly competition!

Please encourage your student to join us for this literary adventure filled with camaraderie, learning, and fun!

If you have any questions or need further information, don't hesitate to reach out.

Meeting Dates:

Meeting time - Every other Tuesday during lunches in the Media Center from October 27th to early April. 

  • Competition Date:  TBD

Other Info:

  • Do you like to read things outside of your favorite genre?  That’s a must.

  • Think about your interest level.  Think about your time commitments. Your teammates need to be able to count on you and we need you to attend most meetings.


All GMS students are invited to come see what Book Wars is all about and what books we are reading this year. Sponsored and hosted by Ms. Nelson during lunch in the Media Center.  If you have any questions you can email Ms. Nelson at


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Destiny, our online patron’s catalog accessible 24/7 from school or home. Students can place books on hold or review books on MyQuest and search OneSearch for multiple general reference databases at once.

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SORA (Overdrive) is our shared collection of digital books, both print and audio. The collection is shared across the district, with a few items added just for CJMS.

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