2023-2024 Battle of the Books

  • Walls Within Walls

    by Maureen Sherry Year Published: 2012

    When the Smithfork family moves to a lavish Manhattan apartment building, they discover mysterious clues hidden behind the walls of their new home that take Brid, CJ and Patrick on a journey in search of the Post family fortune. 

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  • Root Magic

    by Eden Royce Year Published: 2022

    Eleven-year-old twins Jez and Jay begin training with their uncle, Doc, in the African American folk magic known as rootwork, but soon Jez found out that her family's true power goes beyond magical potions and elixirs.

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  • The Hero Two Doors Down

    by Sharon Robinson Year Published: 2017

    A tale based on a true story follows the experiences of a young Jewish boy in Brooklyn who befriends new neighbor and baseball icon Jackie Robinson before a well-intentioned mistake helps bridge disparate religious and cultural gaps.

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  • Wildfire

    by Rodman Philbrick Year Published: 2021

    Thirteen-year-old Sam Castine is at summer camp while his mother is in rehab, but when the camp is evacuated ahead of a fast moving wildfire, he makes the mistake of going back for his phone, and finds himself left behind, disoriented, and running for his life, together with a girl, Delphy, from a different camp--finding an old jeep keeps them going, but in the wilds of Maine, there are only logging roads and the deadly crown fire is everywhere.

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  • Pax

    by Sara Pennypacker Year Published: 2016

    After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back.

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  • Wish

    by Barbara O'Connor Year Published: 2017

    From award-winning author Barbara O'Connor comes a middle-grade novel about a girl who, with the help of the dog of her dreams, discovers the true meaning of family. Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same silent wish since fourth grade, hoping that some day it will come true. When her irresponsible parents send her to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family members she doesn't know, she needs that wish to come true more than ever. A stray dog, a great friend, and the love of a big-hearted aunt and uncle just might make it happen.

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  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

    by Stacy McAnulty Year Published: 2019

    A lightning strike made Lucy, twelve, a math genius but, after years of homeschooling, her grandmother enrolls her in middle school and she learns that life is more than numbers.

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  • Not If I Can Help It

    by Carolyn Mackler Year Published: 2019

    Willa lives on the upper West Side of Manhattan with her divorced father and her younger brother.  She attends fifth grade with her best friend Ruby.  She likes things to be a certain way, because it makes life manageable even with her Sensory Processing Disorder; she certainly does not like surprises.  Her father has just thrown her a big one: he has been dating Ruby's mother, and suddenly Willa's life seems to be spiraling out of her control--and part of the trouble is that she cannot even explain why she thinks this is a horrible idea, when everyone else thinks that it is wonderful.

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  • Linked

    by Gordon Korman Year Published: 2021

    When swastikas begin appearing all over town, Link, Michael and Dana, the only Jewish girl in town, must face crimes both past and present to find the truth. 

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  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

    by Chris Grabenstein Year Published: 2014

    Kyle Keeley is the class clown and a huge fan of all games--board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the construction of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot as one of twelve kids invited for an overnight sleepover in the library, hosted by Mr. Lemoncello and riddled with lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every clue and figure out every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route!

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  • The Elephant in the Room

    by Holly Goldberg Sloan Year Published: 2022

    Missing her mother who has returned to Turkey to resolve an immigration problem, sixth-grader Sila welcomes a very large distraction in her life when she helps a surprising new friend rescue a circus elephant.

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  • The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez

    by Adrianna Cuevas Year Published: 2021

    A Cuban American boy must use his secret ability to communicate with animals to save the inhabitants of his town when they are threatened by a tule vieja, a witch that transforms into animals.

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  • The Very, Very Far North

    by Dan Bar-el Year Published: 2020

    As Duane, a polar bear, explores his new home he makes friends with the wide variety of creatures he encounters, despite their varied personalities

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  • Where the Watermelons Grow

    by Cindy Baldwin Year Published: 2020

    Twelve-year-old Della Kelly of Maryville, North Carolina, tries to come to terms with her mother's mental illness while her father struggles to save the farm from a record-breaking drought

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  • Amari and the Night Brothers

    by B.B. Alston Year Published: 2021

    Discovering that she has a supernaturally enhanced talent, Amari Peters enters a summer tryout at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, where she is considered the enemy, in order to find her missing brother.

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