It is time to start reading-up for the 2011-2012 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)
Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D: Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic): www.learningally.org (requires seperate membership)
Bookshare: www.bookshare.org (requires seperate membership)
For more information on Oregon's Battle of the Books, visit the Oregon Battle of the Books wiki.
Oregon Battle of the Books
Grade Level 3-5
11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass (2009).
After having a falling out on their tenth birthday and not speaking to each other for the last year, Amanda and Leo prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately, but peculiar things begin to happen. 2011 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award.
BR018360, Learning Ally
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix (2000).
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong. Young Reader’s Choice Award
Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Muñoz Ryan (2004).
When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father. ALA Notable, Pura Belpre Award Honor Book.
Calvin Coconut, Trouble Magnet by Graham Salisbury (2009).
Nine-year-old Calvin catches the attention of the school bully on the day before he starts fourth grade, while at home, the unfriendly fifteen-year-old daughter of his mother's best friend has taken over his room.
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (1973).
In this endearing story, a little girl and Charlotte, a beautiful grey spider, struggle to save Wilbur the pig from being butchered. Newbery Award Honor.
BR009405, BR017770, DB046839, DB061062 (Spanish)
Dying to meet you by Kate Klise (2009).
In this story told mostly through letters, children's book author I.B. Grumply gets more than he bargained for when he rents a quiet place to write for the summer. Learning Ally
Earthquake Terror by Peg Kehret (1998)
When an earthquake hits the isolated island in northern California where his family had been camping, Jonathan must find a way to keep himself, his sister, and their dog alive until help arrives. Learning Ally
How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills (2009).
Afraid he will always be an outsider, like ex-planet Pluto, nine-year-old Oliver finally shows his extremely overprotective parents that he is capable of doing great things without their help while his class is studying the solar system. ALA Notable Best Books.
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville (1991)
Small for his age but artistically talented, twelve-year-old Jeremy Thatcher unknowingly buys a dragon's egg. Learning Ally
Last Newspaper Boy in America by Sue Corbett (2010).
Wil's paper route is canceled when a large newspaper stops delivery to his small town, but with the help of his clueless brother, a neighborhood friend, and the basic principles of physics, Wil finds a way to save his route and help his customers.
The Magical Ms. Plum by Bonny Becker (2009).
The students in Ms. Plum's third-grade class soon learn that there is something very special about their teacher and the classroom's mysterious supply closet.
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary (1965).
A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling. Young Reader’s Choice Award.
BR006649, Bookshare, Learning Ally
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1989).
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis. Newbery Award Honor, ALA Notable Best Books.
BR008258, BR012658, Bookshare, Learning Ally
On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck (2007).
A boy in Illinois remembers the homefront years of World War II, especially his two heroes, his brother in the Air Force and his father, who fought in the previous war.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (2009).
Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish and then joins a dragon that cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of discovering how to change her family's fortune. 2011 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award, E.B. White Award, Newbery Honor.
Who Were the Beatles? By Geoff Edgers (2006).
Readers will learn about the Beatles' childhoods, their first forays into rock music, what Beatlemania was like, and why the Beatles broke up.
Grade Level 6-8
All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg (2009).
Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind. Now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events force him to confront his past.
The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez (1997).
This book is a collection of stories from the life of a migrant child, Francisco Jimenez. ALA Notable Best Books.
Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata (2008).
A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his scout dog.
Cuba 15 by Nancy Osa (2003).
Violet Paz, a Chicago high school student, reluctantly prepares for her upcoming "quince," a Spanish nickname for the celebration of an Hispanic girl's fifteenth birthday. Pura Belpre Award Honor Book, ALA Notable Best Books.
Football Genius by Tim Green (2007).
Troy, a sixth-grader with an unusual gift for predicting football plays before they occur, attempts to use his ability to help his favorite team, the Atlanta Falcons, but he must first prove himself to the coach and players.
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass (2006).
Just before his thirteenth birthday, Jeremy Fink receives a keyless locked box, set aside by his father before his death five years earlier, that purportedly contains the meaning of life.
Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson (2005).
Finn is hired to be hologramed as a Disney World park "guide" but soon finds himself being transported into the Magic Kingdom in the dead of night to help fight a group of Disney villains who want to take over Disney World--and maybe more.
BR018053, Learning Ally
Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye (2005).
When fate brings fourteen-year-old Leven and thirteen-year-old Winter together, they discover that for mankind to continue dreaming, the gateway between reality and dreams needs to be found and demolished.
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (2009).
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, running from the Clanker Powers who are trying to take over the globe, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn, who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly. 2011 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award, ALA Notable Best Books.
NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley (2009).
While running a spy network from their elementary school, five unpopular misfits combine their talents and use cutting-edge gadgetry to fight evil around the world. 2011 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award.
Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings (2006).
First hailed as a hero for his dramatic water rescue of a little boy, thirteen-year-old Brady soon makes a discovery that puts him at the heart of a tragedy. Alone with his dark secret, Brady is forced to choose between his friends and the right thing. ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
Scat by Carl Hiaasen (2009).
Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing. 2011 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award.DB068759
Stolen Children by Peg Kehret (2008).
Amy, baby-sitting for little Kendra, must use her wits to save herself and the child after they are kidnapped by two thugs who are demanding money from Kendra's wealthy parents in exchange for the lives of the girls.
Tiger by Jeff Stone (2006).
Five young warrior-monk brothers survive an insurrection and must use the ancient arts to avenge their Grandmaster.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (2009).
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s TV show THE $20,000 PYRAMID, a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space. Newbery Medal, 2011 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award.
The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John (2007).
After a fire kills her parents, eleven-year-old Martine must leave England to live with her grandmother on a wildlife game reserve in South Africa, where she befriends a mythical white giraffe.
Grade Level 9-12
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathon Stroud (2003).
Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, becomes caught in a web of magical espionage, murder, and rebellion, after he summons the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Loveland. ALA Notable Best Books.
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson (2009).
After the death of her father, Amy and Roger, the son of an old family friend, set out on a carefully planned road trip but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief.
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (2008).
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War. National Book Award Finalist, Young Readers Choice Award.
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen (2009).
Fifteen-year-old Eli, locked inside a compound built by his father to keep them safe following a nuclear attack, begins to question his future, as well as his father's grip on sanity as the family's situation steadily disintegrates.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (2003).
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother. ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons (1987).
Ellen has to deal with many things--her mother’s death, lack of supervision and becoming a foster child. ALA Outstanding Book for College Bound.
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (1985).
Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer games. But in reality he is being trained to be the military genius that the planet needs in its all-out war with an alien enemy. Nebula Award, Hugo Award, ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King (1988)
A horror fantasy featuring dragons, princes, evil wizards, an enchanted castle, and a terrible secret.
The Help by Kathryn Stocket (2009).
Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project.
Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve (2008).
When her village is attacked and burned, Gwyna seeks protection from the bard Myrddin, who uses Gwyna in his plan to transform young Arthur into the heroic King Arthur. ALA Notable Best Books.
BR018373, Learning Ally
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (2009)
While in a coma following an horrific automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death. 2011 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award.
Sunrise over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers (2008).
Robin Perry from Harlem is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him. 2010 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award.