This competition is suitable for students who are avid readers. Starting in September, students form teams of four to six members and decide how to divide the list of 30 challenging, high-level books. The list of 30 books is different each year and is categorized into several genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, fantasy, classic, biography, and plays). This typically exposes students to books outside their comfort reading zone. Teams meet weekly during READ to discuss and study the books being read.
The regional competition starts in February, with the first two rounds held at the middle school. Each team completes 30 multiple-choice questions, one question per book, and records the author’s name for each book from memory. Teams that advance to the final rounds compete at Simpson College, typically at the end of March each year.