Pelham teen team wins Westchester championship in Battle of Books


Pelham’s teen team in the Battle of Books won the Westchester championship on Saturday, defeating Yorktown in the quarterfinals, Briarcliff in the semifinals and Somers in the championship.

“The Pelham team was awarded the most points in their division (grades 6-10) and came home with the champion cup” after the competition at Hommocks Middle School in Mamaroneck, said the Town of Pelham Public Library, which sponsors the Battle of Books program.

The younger Pelham team of fourth through sixth graders advanced to the semi-finals.

The cup, pictured with librarian Oz Coto-Chang, will live in the Town of Pelham Public Library for the next year.

“Battle of the Books is an annual competition where teams of kids representing different libraries across towns in Westchester read books and compete to answer increasingly difficult questions,” according to the library’s statement. “Books read in the older division were “Scythe” by Neal Shusterman, “Refugee” by Alan Gratz, “The Screaming Staircase” by Jonathan Stroud, “Restart” by Gordon Korman and “When Dimple Met Rishi” by Sandyha Menon.

Copies of all the books are available at the library to check out.

The Pelham teen team members were Lise Obudulu, Matthew Michailoff, Caraose Vitale, Vivian Guo, Ava Vitale, Madeline Simon, Delia Lavallee, Uma Kancharla and Viviana Wright. The teen team was led by librarian Oz Coto-Chang.