Oregon Battle of the Books 2015-2016

  • Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins (2010), Realistic Fiction, 272 pages
    Two Burmese boys, one forced into the Burmese Army and one fighting on the side of Karenni insurgents in the country’s civil war, meet in the jungle and are forced to choose between dying or trusting one another.

  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (2012), Realistic Fiction, 384 pages
    A quirky cast of characters comes to the aid of 12-year-old genius and outcast Willow Chance after her parents are killed in a car accident, but it quickly becomes unclear who is taking care of whom.

  • Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (1990), Fantasy, 240 pages
    Having become weary of life trapped in a palace, headstrong Cimorene leaves to live among the dragons and becomes involved in fighting to protect their kingdom from dastardly wizards.

  • Famous Last Words by Katie Alender (2014), Mystery/Thriller, 320 pages
    New Hollywood resident Willa is having disturbing visions—of things like a body floating in her in the swimming pool. Slowly, it begins to seem like there is a connection with a creepy serial killer who is recreating famous movie scenes.

  • The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson (2013), Historical Fiction, 256 pages
    The mystery is cholera and how it is spreading through London in 1854. Eel is an orphan who, with his best friend Florrie, joins Dr. John Snow in an effort save lives by proving the disease is spread through water, not poisonous air as many believe.

  • Jinx by Sage Blackwood (2013), Fantasy, 368 pages Abandoned by his stepparents in the decidedly dangerous forest of Urwald and rescued by the possibly evil, but excellent pumpkin pie-baking wizard Simon, Jinx sets out on a daring quest to find the answers about what’s really going on.

  • Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger (2012), Fantasy, 496 pages
    Sophie has always been able to read minds. At age 12, she discovers she is not human after all, but hidden away among humans to protect secrets buried deep in her memory. Building a new life among the elves, she discovers that some would kill for the secrets she keeps.

  • Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead (2012), Realistic Fiction, 192 pages
    Georges is not happy about leaving his house for apartment life as a seventh grader. His parents are distracted. He is being picked on at school. Then, he meets Safer, a 12-year-old coffee drinking loner who recruits Georges into his efforts to spy on the mysterious Mr. X in the apartment upstairs.

  • Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans (2011), Science Fiction, 338 pages
    In an unwise and unguarded moment, 14-year-old Michael Vey–a picked-on kid with Tourette’s syndrome–reveals his secret electric powers. The discovery that cheerleader Taylor has similar powers sends them looking for answers–and into the arms of a powerful group intent on twisting their abilities to evil purposes.

  • Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (2013), Historical Fiction, 320 pages
    Uprooted from Kansas and sent to boarding school in Maine, Jack Baker is drawn into the orbit of the strange and imaginative Early Auden. Together, they go on a quest on the Appalachian Trail searching for a legendary black bear and encounter pirates, buried secrets, and a unique story based on the number pi.

  • Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez (2009), Realistic Fiction, 336 pages
    When Tyler’s father is injured in a farm accident, his family hires migrant Mexican workers to try to save their farm from foreclosure. After he befriends Mari, the oldest of the family’s three daughters, Tyler begins to realize what it means to them to be undocumented.

  • The Roar by Emma Clayton (2008), Dystopian Fiction, 496 pages
    Ellie has been taught to believe that the concrete wall and high-voltage razor wire that surrounds her world was built to protect people from plague-ridden animals. Mika has been taught that his twin sister, Ellie, was killed years ago. Both are beginning to realize they live in a world of lies. Both are preparing to act.

  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz (2001), Action/Adventure, 224 pages
    Alex’s uncle/guardian has died under suspicious circumstances. Alex first learns that his uncle was a top-secret operative with the Britain’s intelligence agency, M16. Then, forces within the agency manipulate Alex into taking over his uncle’s work and facing extreme danger.

  • Strike Three, You’re Dead by Josh Berk (2013), Sports/Mystery, 272 pages
    Die-hard baseball fan, but tragically bad baseball player Lenny Norbeck is about to get his big break. He wins a contest that will allow him to announce one inning for the Phillies, but before he can get started, a player drops dead. Lenny and his friends suspect foul play and set out to investigate.

  • What We Found in the Sofa and How It Saved the World by Henry Clark (2013), Humor, 356 pages
    The discovery of a rare zucchini-colored crayon between the cushions of a sofa pulls River, Freak, and Fiona into an evil plot to conquer the world. It is up to this trio of 12-year-olds to save Earth from an invasion of interstellar storm troopers.

  • Written in Stone by Rosanne Parry (2013), Historical Fiction, 198 pages
    Pearl loves the traditions of her Pacific Northwest Indian tribe and dreams of hunting whales in an eight-man canoe like her father. But an accident and the introduction of steam-powered whaling ships drive the whales from their waters. The Makah and Pearl must struggle to survive and fight to hold onto their culture.