For grade 6-12
Teams are forming! Sign up at your local branch of the Brown County Library today!
As a team you will read all the books listed below (you can decide who is reading what title, etc.) and keep track of the details. Library teams will compete in a friendly (championship) battle that tests their knowledge of the books at the Central Library, downtown Green Bay, on Monday, August 7 at 5:00 pm.
Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
When Alexis’s little sister Kasey becomes obsessed with an antique doll, Alexis thinks she is just being her usual weird self. Things get weirder when the house starts changing. Kasey is changing, too. Her blue eyes go green and she forgets chunks of time. Alexis is the only one who can stop her sister — but what if that green-eyed girl isn’t even Kasey anymore?
Where You’ll Find Me by Natasha Friend
The first month of school, thirteen-year-old Anna Collette finds herself… DUMPED by her best friend Dani, DESERTED by her mom, TRAPPED in a house with her dad, a new baby sister, and new stepmother & STUCK at a lunch table with Shawna the Eyebrow Plucker and Sarabeth the Irish Stepper. But what if all isn’t lost? With help from some unlikely sources, Anna just may find herself on the road to okay.
Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
Jack might be the only kid in the world who’s dreading summer. Summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy. It’s a lot of responsibility, and it’s boring, too, because Maddy doesn’t talk. Ever. But then, one day at the flea market, Maddy does talk―to tell Jack to trade their mom’s car for a box of mysterious seeds. It’s the best mistake Jack has ever made.
The Girl From Everywhere by Ben Hatke
As the daughter of a time traveler, Nix has spent sixteen years sweeping across the globe and through the centuries aboard her father’s ship. Modern-day New York City, nineteenth-century Hawaii, other lands seen only in myth and legend—Nix has been to them all. But when her father gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end.
Four-Four-Two by Dean Hughes
It’s the start of WWII, and Yuki and his family have been forced into an internment camp in the Utah desert. But Yuki isn’t willing to sit back and accept this injustice-it’s his country too, and he’s going to prove it by enlisting in the army to fight for the Allies. Before he returns home he’ll come face to face with persistent prejudices, grueling combat he never imagined, and friendships deeper than he knew possible.
A Taste for Monsters by Matthew Kirby
London 1888, and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the people of the city. Evelyn does not know what to make of her new position as a maid to the Elephant Man in London Hospital. When the murders begin Joseph and Evelyn are haunted nightly by the ghosts of the Ripper’s dead, setting Evelyn on a path to facing her fears and uncovering humanity’s worst nightmares, in which the real monsters are men.
Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur
Sofarende is at war. For twelve-year-old Mathilde, it means food shortages, feuding neighbors, and bombings. Even so, as long as she and her best friend, Megs, are together, they’ll be all right. But the army is recruiting children, and paying families well for their service. If Megs takes the test, Mathilde knows she will pass. Megs hopes the army is the way to save her family. Mathilde fears it might separate them forever.
I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. A few years later, Libby died, and Princess X died with her. Now there’s an entire underground culture focused around IAmPrincessX.com. The more May explores, the more she sees eerie similarities between Libby’s story and Princess X online. That means only one person could have started this phenomenon, her best friend, Libby, who lives.
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
“Tell no one what I’ve given you.” Until he got that cryptic warning, Christopher was happy as an apprentice to Master Benedict Blackthorn. But when a mysterious cult begins to prey on London’s apothecaries, the trail of murders grows closer and closer to Blackthorn’s shop. With time running out, Christopher must use every skill he’s learned to discover the key to a terrible secret with the power to tear the world apart.
Lumberjanes Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson
Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp…defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons… what’s not to love?! Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Stone
What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape – any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also brave enough to challenge the government.
The Running Dream by Wendelin VanDraanen
Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. As she struggles to cope, Jessica feels that she’s both in the spotlight and invisible. Jessica’s embarrassed to realize that she’s done the same to a girl with CP named Rosa. Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that’s not enough for her now. She doesn’t just want to cross finish lines herself—she wants to take Rosa with her.
Descriptions adapted from Amazon.com.
If this is your first time participating in a Battle of the Books, here are some frequently asked questions:
Do I have to read all the books on the list?
In order to participate, you must have read at least one book from the list. It’s up to your team to agree upon which books each person is responsible for reading.
Can I read all the books on the list?
Absolutely! You can read as many of the books on the list as many times as you want in order to prepare.
Where do I get the books on the list?
Multiple copies of all the Battle Books are available from the Brown County Library. If all the copies of the book you want are checked out at your branch, you can place a hold and have one sent from a different branch.
Is there a sign-up meeting? When are practices?
Each branch will have their own meeting and practice schedules. Check with your preferred location for details.
How many people can be on a team?
Up to 5 people can be on stage during competition. If there are more than 5 people per team, stage participants will be switched for different rounds.
What kinds of questions will be asked?
Questions will require concrete answers from the story. They may ask you to name a title or to answer an informational question about a specific book. Questions will not come from the title page, dedication page, etc.
What does the winning team get?
Bragging rights! To help you brag, a traveling trophy will be displayed at the winning branch until next year’s competition.