A "Dealing with Dragons" character was not awarded silver and gold, a compliment, crystal, pots and pans or pearls for sharing a loaf of bread, but those were some of the answers Battle of the Books contestants shared Saturday, to their own necklace-biting disappointment.
That character actually was awarded "good teeth," an answer only two teams gave. But by the end of the morning-long competition at Eastern Elementary School, members of three teams ? two from Boonsboro Elementary School and one from Old Forge Elementary School ? flashed their best toothy smiles after taking top honors at the Washington County Free Library-sponsored reading comprehension competition, which is in its 19th year.
"Ballistic Books Are Back," a fifth-grade Boonsboro Elementary team, won the event with 140 points. "Old Forge Spell Books" finished in second place with 135 points, and "BSI: Book Scene Investigators," a fourth-grade Boonsboro Elementary team, took third place with 130 points.