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 8 at 5:00 pm.
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
12-year old Josh Bell and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the basketball court. The boys must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story’s heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Lee Westfall can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety?
Need by Joelle Charbonneau
Teenagers at Wisconsin’s Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need… regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes and the body count rises in this YA thriller.
Matched by Ally Condie
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, so when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Matteo Alacrán was not born; he was harvested. His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium. As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters. Escape is the only chance Matt has to survive. But escape from the Alacrán Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn’t even suspect.
Amulet (Book 1: Stonekeeper) by Kazu Kibuishi
Emily and Navin move with their mother to the strange house of her deceased great-grandfather. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin follow her into a strange underground world. Together with a mechanical rabbit named Miskit, they face terrifying monsters and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Park
This book begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. Enduring many hardships, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.
The Marvels by Brian Selznick
After surviving a shipwreck in 1766, Billy Marvel finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations. Nearly a century later, runaway Joseph Jervis seeks refuge with an uncle in London. Albert Nightingale’s strange, beautiful house, captivates Joseph and leads him on a search for clues about the house, his family, and the past.
Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin
A true crime thriller! In October of 1875, Secret Service agents raid the Fulton, Illinois, workshop of master counterfeiter Ben Boyd. Members of Boyd’s ring devise a plan to spring him. That plan: grab Lincoln’s body from its Springfield tomb, and demand, as a ransom, the release of Ben Boyd –and $200,000 in cash.
Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith
Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars. Alex plans an escape and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that’s hidden from the eyes of the world.
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.