2018-19 Battle of the Books
Garvey’s Choice (1 pt) Realistic fiction/ family
Garvey's father has always wanted him to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, and reading.
Crossover (2 pts) Sports
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.
Ghost Boys (3 pts) Historical fiction
After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys, including historical figure Emmett Till.
Eleven (5pts) Animal
When Alex rescues a stray dog as a birthday gift to himself, he doesn't think his life can get much better. Radar, his new dog, pretty much feels the same way, but this day has bigger things in store for both of them.
Terror at Bottle Creek 6 pts Adventure/ suspense
Thirteen-year-old Cort's father, a local expert on hunting and swamp lore in lower Alabama, has been teaching his son everything he knows. When a deadly Gulf Coast hurricane makes landfall, Cort must unexpectedly put all his skills to the test.
After Ever After (7pts) Realistic fiction/friendships
Although Jeff and Tad make a deal to help one another overcome aftereffects of their cancer treatments in preparation for eighth-grade graduation, Jeff still craves advice from his older brother Stephen, who is studying drums in Africa.
Billion Dollar Soccer Ball/ Now is the Time for Running (7 pts)
Historical fiction/ suspenseful
When their village in Zimbabwe is attacked, Deo and his mentally disabled brother go on the run, carrying little but a leather soccer ball filled with money. After facing prejudice, poverty, and tragedy, it is in soccer that Deo finds renewed hope.
Insignificant events in the life of a cactus ( 7 pts) Realistic fiction
New friends and a mystery help 13-year-old Aven adjust to middle school and life at a dying western theme park in a new state, where her being born armless presents many challenges.
Restart (9pts) Realistic fiction/ bullying
Chase Ambrose forgets everything after falling off a roof and losing consciousness. He forgets his name. He forgets his parents. He forgets what he was doing up there on that roof. And he forgets that he's the biggest bully at Hiawassee Middle School.
Heat (9 pts) Sports
Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old, and he has no parents to offer them proof.
Belly Up (10 pts) Humor/Mystery
Twelve-year-old Teddy investigates when Henry the hippopotamus, a popular Texas zoo's star attraction, is murdered.
The List (11 pts) Dystopian
Letta. charged with collecting and saving words, uncovers a sinister plan to suppress language, which would rob the people of Ark of the power of speech. Letta soon realizes she must also save the culture itself.
The Endling (11 pts) Fantasy
By is the youngest member of her dairne pack. believed to have remarkable abilities. Her doglike species has been hunted to near extinction and Byx sets out to find safe haven.