Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

Campbell Middle School takes Regionals and State (2nd place)

Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is a competitive reading club where students read ten Georgia Children’s Book Award (GCBA) nominee books and then compete in the HRRB Reading Bowl against other middle schools in January of each school year. Depending on competition placement, the HRRB team has the potential to advance to the regional and state competitions.

Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Club Application: HRRB-2022-23 Club Application Coming soon.


  • Club attendance and participation is mandatory.

  • The next Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition is in January 2023.

  • Meetings are held twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the media center before home room (8:30am - 9:00am).

  • Some members are needed for quiz-making.

  • Each club member must read the ten middle school grades list of books.

Please consider this before joining the club.

2022-2023 HRRB Booklist. Read more about them from Goodreads.com.

Amari and the night brothers. by Alston, B. B.

Quinton Peters was the golden boy of the Rosewood low-income housing projects, receiving full scholarship offers to two different Ivy League schools. When he mysteriously goes missing, his little sister, 13-year-old Amari Peters, can’t understand why it’s not a bigger deal. Why isn’t his story all over the news? And why do the police automatically assume he was into something illegal? - Goodreads

Maybe He Just Likes You. by Barbara Dee

For seventh-grader Mila, it starts with some boys giving her an unwanted hug on the school blacktop. A few days later, at recess, one of the boys (and fellow trumpet player) Callum tells Mila it’s his birthday, and asks her for a “birthday hug.” He’s just being friendly, isn’t he? And how can she say no? But Callum’s hug lasts a few seconds too long, and feels…weird. According to her friend, Zara, Mila is being immature and overreacting. Doesn’t she know what flirting looks like? - Goodreads

96 Miles. by J. L. Esplin

Dad always said if things get desperate, it’s okay to drink the water in the toilet. I never thought it would come to that. I thought I’d sooner die than let one drop of toilet water touch my lips. Yet here I am, kneeling before a porcelain throne, holding a tin mug for scooping in one hand, and my half-gallon canteen in the other. - Goodreads

Unsettled. by Reem Faruqi

A stirring, hopeful immigration story of Nurah and her family, who move from Karachi, Pakistan, to Peachtree City, Georgia, from Reem Faruqi, ALA Notable author of the award-winning picture book Lailah’s Lunchbox. Powerful and charming, Other Words for Home meets Front Desk in this debut middle grade novel in verse about finding your footing in a new world. - Goodreads

Ophie's Ghosts. Justina Ireland

Ophelia Harrison used to live in a small house in the Georgia countryside. But that was before the night in November 1922, and the cruel act that took her home and her father from her. Which was the same night that Ophie learned she can see ghosts. - Goodreads

Finding Junie Kim. by Ellen Oh

A story of family, hope, and survival, inspired by the author's mother’s real-life experiences during the Korean War. Faced with middle school racism, Junie Kim learns of her grandparents’ extraordinary strength and finds her voice.

Junie Kim just wants to fit in. So she keeps her head down and tries not to draw attention to herself. But when racist graffiti appears at her middle school, Junie must decide between staying silent or speaking out. -Goodreads

Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America. by Steve Sheinkin, Bijou Karman (Illustrator)

Born to Fly is the gripping story of the fearless women pilots who aimed for the skies—and beyond.

Just nine years after American women finally got the right to vote, a group of trailblazers soared to new heights in the 1929 Air Derby, the first women's air race across the U.S. Follow the incredible lives of legend Amelia Earhart, who has captivated generations; Marvel Crosson, who built a plane before she even learned how to fly; Louise Thaden, who shattered jaw-dropping altitude records; and Elinor Smith, who at age seventeen made headlines when she flew under the Brooklyn Bridge. - Goodreads

Coop Knows the Scoop. by Taryn Souders

The whole town is talking about what's buried beneath the playground...

Windy Bottom, Georgia is usually a peaceful place. Coop helps his mom at her café and bookstore, hangs out with his grandpa, and bikes around with his friends Justice and Liberty. The town is full of all kinds of interesting people, but no one has ever caused a problem. Until now. - Goodreads

Born Behind Bars. by Padma Venkatraman

Set in Chennai, India, this is the story of a boy who's unexpectedly released into the world after spending his whole life in jail with his mom.

Kabir has been in jail since the day he was born, because his mom is serving time for a crime she didn't commit. He's never met his dad, so the only family he's got are their cellmates, and the only place he feels the least bit free is in the classroom, where his kind teacher regales him with stories of the wonders of the outside world. - Read more at Goodreads

The Shape of Thunder. by Jasmine Warga

Cora hasn’t spoken to her best friend, Quinn, in a year.

Despite living next door to each other, they exist in separate worlds of grief. Cora is still grappling with the death of her beloved sister in a school shooting, and Quinn is carrying the guilt of what her brother did. - Read more at Goodreads