2018-2019 Battle of the Books Descriptions

Grade

Book

Genre

Description

5th

Jack and the Geniuses

Bill Nye & Gregory Mone

Mystery

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.

5th

Ban This Book

Alan Gratz

Realistic Fiction

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.

5th

Becoming Naomi Leon

Pam Munoz Ryan

Realistic Fiction

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.

5th

Blood on the River

Elisa Carbone

Historical Fiction

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.

5th

Found

Margaret Peterson Haddix

Mystery

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

Sci Fi/

Fantasy

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

Barbara O’Connor

Realistic Fiction

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

Ghost Story

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.

4th

Rain Reign

Ann M. Martin

Realistic Fiction

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

Ruby Holler

Sharon Creech

Sci Fi/

Fantasy

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

4th

Runaway Twin

Peg Kehret

Realistic Fiction

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.

4th

Save Me a Seat

Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan

Realistic Fiction

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.

4th

A Snicker of Magic

Natalie Lloyd

Sci Fi/

Fantasy

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.

4th

Stella by Starlight

Sharon M. Draper

Historical Fiction

When the Ku Klux Klan's unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella's segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice.

4th

A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L’Engle

Sci Fi/

Fantasy

Meg Murry and her family receive a surprise visit from an unearthly stranger out of another dimension in time.

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