Social Justice Book Bowl

General rules

Each game will have a minimum of three judges. The judges will read the questions, enforce time limits, determine the correct answers, and award points, and otherwise enforce the rules of the competition.

Each game will consist of 20 questions. True/False questions worth 1 point each; Multiple Choice, Fill-in the Blank, and short answer are worth 2 points; Open-ended Critical Response questions are worth 3 points. For 17 of the questions (T/F, fill-in the blank, multiple choice, short answer), teams will have 30 seconds to write down an answer. For the critical response questions, teams will have 60 seconds to write down an answer. Answers must be clearly written on the note card, spelling errors are okay.

No more than four people may play on a team. Each team must designate a member as a “respondent,” who is responsible for bringing the answer card to the judges. Once a team answer card has been submitted, it may not be returned or changed.

Each team will have one 30-second timeout per game. Timeouts may NOT be used when a question is in play.

Protest Process: 1) Active players must state “protest” immediately following the announcement of the correct team responses and before the next question is read. 2) Judges will acknowledge the protest, by stating “protest noted” and will invite the team to address the protest at the end of the round.  3) Coaches and audience members are not allowed to lodge protests or approach judges. 4) Judges’ decisions are final.

Once the competition begins, competitors may not interact with audience members or coaches during any part of the competition including during protests until the winners are announced.

The two teams with the highest scores from each grade level (i.e., 6th, 7th-8th, 9th-10th, 11th-12th) will advance to the final competition on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.



  • All participants will receive a prize after the elimination competition on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.
  • The winning teams will receive traveling trophies for their schools and certificates on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. 
  • Each member of each winning team will receive a Kindle Fire.
  • Each participant will receive a voucher to purchase books from Kazoo books at the elimination competition on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.

Reading List

6th grade

Nonfiction: Simeon's Story

Fiction: Ghost Boys

7th & 8th  grade

Nonfiction: This Land is Our Land

Fiction: Only Road

9th & 10th  grade

Nonfiction: Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin

Fiction: Dear Martin

11th & 12th  grade

Nonfiction: The 57 Bus

Fiction: Symptoms of Being Human