It is time to start reading-up for the 2012-2013 Battle of the Books! Listed below are the books, by division, that are featured in this year's events. Not all books are available in each format, so read the details carefully. Use the Key below to find each book's format:
Oregon Battle of the Books
DB: Digital Book; available on cartridge or through download from BARD (requires username and password)
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Bookshare: www.bookshare.org (requires seperate membership)
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Oregon Battle of the Books
Grade Level 3-5
Castle Corona by Sharon Creech (2004).
Two orphaned peasant children discover a mysterious pouch, the contents of which lead them to the majestic Castle Corona, where their lives may be transformed forever.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964).
Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.
How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor (2007).
Living in the family car in a small North Carolina town 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.
DBW08133, Learning Ally
Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson (2001).
Sent with her governess to live with the dreadful Carter family in exotic Brazil in 1910, Maia endures many hardships before fulfilling her dream of exploring the Amazon River.
The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies (2007).
Evan and his younger sister, Jessie, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade and as the end of summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn $100.
DB74347 (in process)
The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan (2008).
Amy and Dan, members of the powerful Cahill family, try to uncover the thirty-nine clues which will reveal the secrets of their lineage and find out what really happened to their parents. Book #1
The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood (2011).
Fifteen-year-old Penelope, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner in time for a Christmas ball. Book #1
The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz (2010).
When Flory the night fairy's wings are accidentally broken and she cannot fly, she has to learn to do everything differently.
DB 71190, BR19068
One Crazy Summer by Rita Willams-Garcia (2010).
In 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover their mother wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.
DB71082 (in process), BR19326
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (2010).
Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.
Ray and Me by Dan Gutman (2009).
After recovering from being hit in the head during a baseball game, Stosh travels back in time to try to save Ray Chapman, a batter who was killed by a pitch in New York in 1920.
Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda (2001).
Because only he can read the magical map, young, weak, and timid Rowan joins six other villagers to climb a mountain and try to restore their water supply, as fears of a dragon and other horrors threaten to drive them back.
Star in the Forest by Laura Resau
After eleven-year-old Zitlally's father is deported to Mexico, she takes refuge in her trailer park's forest of rusted car parts, where she finds a stray dog that she nurses back to health and believes she must keep safe so that her father will return.
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether the puppet can really predict the future. Book #1
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in faraway Key West, Florida.
Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off by Jacqueline Jules
Freddie finds a mysterious package containing sneakers that allow him to run faster than a train and inspire him to perform heroic deeds. Book #1
Grade Level 6-8
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (2004).
A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.
Also Known as Harper by Ann Haywood Leal (2009).
Writing poetry helps fifth-grader Harper cope with her father's absence, being evicted, and having to skip school to care for her brother while their mother works, and things look even brighter after she befriends a mute girl and a kindly disabled woman.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (2001).
Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a brilliant criminal mastermind, but even he does not know what he has taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These fairies are armed and they are dangerous. Book #1
Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald (2011).
Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far.
Claudette Colvin, Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose (2009).
This book presents an account of fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin, an African American girl who refused to give up her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, nine months before Rosa Parks did the same thing.
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve (2010).
Foundling Fever Crumb has been raised as an Engineer, but at age fourteen, she leaves her sheltered world and begins to learn startling truths about her past while facing danger in the present. Book #1
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester (2008).
Piper McCloud's ability to fly sets her apart from the other kids, so her mother sends her to an exclusive school for children with exceptional abilities, but even there she does not fit in with the other students.
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (2010).
To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.
The Lab by Jack Heath (2008).
In a world dominated by an evil corporation, an organization called the Deck in which the staff is named after suits such as Hearts and Diamonds, deals out justice while Six of Hearts, their best operative, does his work without killing anybody.
The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez (2010).
In 1961 after Castro has come to power in Cuba, 14-year-old Lucia and her 7-year-old brother are sent to the United States when their parents, who are not in favor of the new regime, fear the children will be taken away from them as others have been.
Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman (1997).
One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden.
BR11416, Learning Ally
A Tale Dark & Grimm by Gidwitz, Adam (2010).
This book follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering wicked creatures such as witches, as well as kindly strangers and other helpful folk. The plot contains violence.
Tangerine by Edward Bloor (2006).
Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football-hero brother, fights for his right to play soccer despite his near-blindness.
Three Days by Donna Jo Napoli (2001).
When her father suddenly dies while on a business trip, leaving her alone on an Italian highway, Jackie worries what will happen when she is picked up by two men with unknown motives.
Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury (1994).
Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madline L’Engle (1962).
Meg Murry and her family receive a surprise visit from an unearthly stranger out of another dimension in time.
Grade Level 9-12
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (2011).
In 1941, 15-year-old Lina and her family are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards. While fighting for her life, Lina vows to honor her family by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. The plot contains graphic violence.
DB74452 (in process)
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (2007).
Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming—both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.
BR00792, Learning Ally
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1966).
This stirring adventure is a fantasy that introduces the far-wandering hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride (2010).
Sam, a college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and a necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business.
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (2005).
After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness.
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork (2009).
Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.
Night Hoops by Carl Deuker (2000).
While trying to prove that he is good enough to play on his high school's varsity basketball team, Nick must also deal with his parents' divorce and the erratic behavior of a troubled classmate who lives across the street.
Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (2002).
Fourteen-year-old Lily and her companion, Rosaleen, an African-American woman who has cared for Lily since her mother's death, flee their home after Rosaleen is victimized by racist police officers, and find a safe haven in Tiburon, South Carolina.
DB55533, DB60970 (Spanish), BR15225
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (2010).
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has a decision to make. The plot contains profanity and violence.
The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti (2010).
Scarlet, an introverted high-school junior surrounded by outcasts who find her a good listener, learns to break old patterns and reach for hope when her pregnant sister moves home with her new husband, with whom Scarlet feels an instant connection.
Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce (2003).
Alianne must call forth her mother's courage and her father's wit in order to survive on the Copper Isles in a royal court rife with political intrigue and murderous conspiracy.
DB59928 (in process)
Unwind by Neal Shusterman (2007).
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs and, perhaps, save their own lives.