The New Battle of the Books List 
is HERE!

Title

Genre

My Life in Dog Years, Paulsen

Autobiographical

The Pearl, Steinbeck

Classic

The Hobbit, Tolkien

Classic / Fantasy

Elsewhere, Zevin

Fantasy

The Witches, Dahl

Fantasy / Humor

Anya’s Ghost, Brosgol

Graphic

Single Shard, Park

Historical

One Crazy Summer, Williams-Garcia

Historical

Inside Out and Back Again, Lai

Historical

Mysterious Benedict Society, Stewart

Mystery

Walk Two Moons, Creech

Realistic

George, Gino

Realistic

Touching Spirit Bear, Mikaelsen

Realistic

Rules, Lord

Realistic

Tequila Worm, Canales

Realistic

M. C. Higgins the Great, Hamilton

Realistic

Son of the Mob, Korman

Realistic / Humor

When You Reach Me, Stead

Sci-Fi

Ender’s Game, Card

Sci-Fi

Wells Bequest, Shulman

Sci-Fi



These titles cover a range of reading abilities and topics.  There are graphic novels, stories told in verse, realistic stories, fantasy & sic-fi novels and more.  The novels cover a range of diversity: Asian, African American, Native American, as well as LBGTQ (George is a novel about a transgender student).

Remember, as a parent you have the right to choose what your child reads or doesn't read.  Below is the list with reviews and links to commonsense media (if available).  If you would like a copy, go the the Battle of the Books page and click the link at the bottom of that page to download the file.  Here is a link to the Battle of the Books Page:  Battle of the Books page

Battle of the Books List with Reviews






 What will you read this summer? 



It's time to make a summer reading list!

Here are a few suggestions: 


Masterminds by Gordon Korman

Tis is a fast paced adventure where Eli, the main character discovers that he cannot trust anyone, not even his own parents.  Read about how he discovers the truth about Serenity, New Mexico, a town he thought was perfect and not thinks is the hideout of the world's greatest criminal minds.



Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan

This fantasy novel is told from the POV of both Thorn and Lilith. Thorn is a young runaway who is sold into slavery to Tyburn, the Executioner.  They are headed to the dangerous kingdom of Gehenna.  Thorn doesn't have much hope.  Lilith Shadow is only 13 and is the leader of the Kingdom of Gehenna-- Something she definitely never wanted.  She is hiding her magical ability because it is outlawed in Gehenna for women to practice magic.  Chaos ensues when Thorn and Lily meet and team up.


Conspiracy of US by Maggie Hall

Looking for a good spy novel?  What to be kept on the edge of your seat?  What a bit of romance as well?  Then pick up a copy of The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall.  Follow 16-year-old Avery West as she seeks to uncover the truth in places like Paris and Istanbul.  Find out why people want her dead.  Whom should she choose, Stellen or Jack?



The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Can't get enough of Rick Riordan?  Then read his latest, The Trials of Apollo. This is book one of a new series.  In this series, Apollo is kicked out of Olympus by Zeus as a punishment.  He has to live as a 16-year-old mortal boy.  The problem is one of his enemies knows where he is and he's in danger (being mortal and all).  He heads to Camp Half-Blood and this adventure begins.  



Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

This historical fiction novel by Draper deals with racial prejudice in the pre-Civil Rights South.  Stella and her brother Jojo face issues with segregation, injustice, and the KKK. This story is loosely based on Draper's grandmother's journals.  


The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Looking for a classic?  Check out The Hound of the Baskervilles and read about Sherlock Holmes' greatest adventure.  Sherlock and Dr. Watson find themselves out of London and in the country solving the murder of Sir Charles Baskerville.  It is believed that a giant hound, the curse on his family for generations, has exacted revenge yet again.