2022-2023 Battle of the Books

  • A Nest for Celeste: a Story about Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home

    by Henry Cole Year Published: 2010

    Celeste, a mouse longing for a real home, becomes a source of inspiration to teenaged Joseph, assistant to the artist and naturalist John James Audubon, at a New Orleans, Louisiana, plantation in 1821.

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  • A Place at the Table

    by Saadia Faruqi Year Published: 2020

    A Pakistani-American student attending a new school and the daughter of a British mother struggling through depression forge an unexpected friendship while taking a South Asian cooking class. 

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  • Clean Getaway

    by Nic Stone Year Published: 2021

    An 11-year-old boy confronts the realities of race relations past and present and the mysterious agenda of his unconventional grandmother during an unplanned spring break road trip through the once-segregated American South. By the award-winning author of Dear Martin. 

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  • Crenshaw

    by Katherine Applegate Year Published: 2017

    When Jackson and his family face living in their minivan, Jackson's imaginary cat Crenshaw returns to help him.

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  • Fish in a Tree

    by Linda Mullaly Hunt Year Published: 2017

    Sixth-grader Ally excels at covering the fact that she cannot read, but at her seventh school in as many years she is challenged to admit she needs help.


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  • Front Desk

    by Kelly Yang Year Published: 2019

    After emigrating from China, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel, despite the nasty owner, Mr. Yao, who exploits them, while she works the front desk and tries to cope with fitting in at her school.

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  • Sal and Gabi Break the Universe

    by Carlos Alberto Hernandez Year Published: 2020

    In order to heal after his mother's death, thirteen-year-old Sal learns to reach into time and space to retrieve things--and people--from other universes.

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  • Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe

    by Jo Watson Hackl Year Published: 2017

    When Cricket's Aunt Belinda accidentally forgets her in the grocery store, Cricket decides to run away once and for all, using an old guidebook to find her way to her estranged mother.

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  • Stand Up, Yumi Chung!

    by Jessica Kim Year Published: 2021

    When eleven-year-old Yumi Chung stumbles into a kids' comedy camp she is mistaken for another student, so she decides to play the part.

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  • The Great Treehouse War

    by Lisa Graff Year Published: 2018

    After her newly-divorced parents become unreasonable, fifth-grader Winnie, with notes from her friends, writes of turning her treehouse into an embassy, where she is joined by nine others with complaints.

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  • The Key to Extraordinary

    by Natalie Lloyd Year Published: 2017

    Orphan Emma Casey lives by a graveyard in her Tennessee town waiting for the destiny dream of her ancestors, but when it comes it shows her only a key and it is up to her to solve a mystery that has haunted her town for generations.

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  • The Last Day of Summer

    by L.R. Giles Year Published: 2020

    When adventurous cousins Otto and Sheed Alston accidentally extend the last day of summer by freezing time, they find the secrets between the unmoving seconds are not as much fun as they expected.

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  • The Last Musketeer

    by Stuart Gibbs Year Published: 2018

    In Paris with his parents to sell family heirlooms, fourteen-year-old Greg Rich suddenly finds himself four hundred years in the past, and is aided by boys who will one day be known as "The Three Musketeers."

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  • The League of Seven

    by Alan Gratz Year Published: 2014

    When an alternate 1875 steam-driven America rediscovers electricity--the Mangleborn monsters' lifeblood--and the society to protect humans from the Mangleborn is compromised, Archie must assemble a team of heroes to save the world.


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  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

    by W.R. Philbrick Year Published: 2009

    Twelve-year-old Homer, a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary adventures after running away from his evil uncle to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War.

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