2018-2019 Battle of the Books Descriptions
Jack and the Geniuses
Bill Nye & Gregory Mone
Traveling to Antarctica for a prestigious science competition, twelve-year-old Jack and his genius foster siblings Ava and Matt become caught up in a mystery involving a missing scientist. The coauthor is Gregory Mone.
Ban This Book
A fourth grader fights back when FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER by E.L. Konigsburg is challenged by a well-meaning parent and taken off the shelves of her school library.
Becoming Naomi Leon
Pam Munoz Ryan
When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.
Blood on the River
Traveling to the New World in 1606 as the page to Captain John Smith, twelve-year-old orphan Samuel Collier settles in the new colony of Jamestown, where he must quickly learn to distinguish between friend and foe.
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Thirteen-year-old Jonah, his friend Chip, and Jonah's sister, Katherine, are plunged into a mystery that involves the FBI, a vast smuggling operation, an airplane that appeared out of nowhere, and people who seem to appear and disappear at will. Book #1
3rd & 4th
The Fourteenth Goldfish
Jennifer L. Holm
Ellie's scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging and consequently has turned into a teenager, which makes for complicated relationships when her grandfather moves in with Ellie and her mother, Grandpa's daughter.
3rd & 4th
How to Steal a Dog
Forced to live in the family car after her father leaves, Georgina persuades her younger brother to help her in a scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming a reward.
3rd & 5th
The Old Willis Place
Mary Downing Hahn
Tired of rules that have bound them since "the bad thing happened," twelve-year-old Diana ignores warnings and befriends the daughter of the new caretaker, setting in motion events that lead to the release of the spirit of an evil, crazy woman.
Ann M. Martin
Struggling with OCD and Asperger's syndrome, Rose shares an inseparable bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, she is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels.
3rd & 5th
Thirteen-year-old fraternal twins Dallas and Florida have grown up in a terrible orphanage, but their lives change forever when an eccentric but sweet older couple invites them each on an adventure, beginning in an almost magical place called Ruby Holler
Thirteen-year-old Sunny, accompanied by a stray dog, takes advantage of a windfall to travel from her Nebraska foster home to Enumclaw, Washington, to find the twin sister from whom she was separated at age three.
Save Me a Seat
Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
Classmates Ravi, newly arrived from India and used to being a star student, and Joe, who's shy and struggles in class, alternately tell the story of their first week of fifth grade. The coauthor is Gita Varadarajan.
A Snicker of Magic
When a twelve-year-old girl moves to a Southern mountain town, she sets out to break a century-old curse and bring back a forgotten magic and finds a home for her wandering heart.
Stella by Starlight
Sharon M. Draper
When the Ku Klux Klan's unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella's segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice.
A Wrinkle in Time
Meg Murry and her family receive a surprise visit from an unearthly stranger out of another dimension in time.
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