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Book2012-2013 Oregon Battle of the Books 6th-8th Grade

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Cover Image Al Capone Does My Shirts
Choldenko, Gennifer, 1957-


A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.


Cover Image Also Known as Harper
Leal, Ann Haywood.


Writing poetry helps fifth-grader Harper Lee Morgan cope with her father's absence, being evicted, and having to skip school to care for her brother while their mother works, and things look even brighter after she befriends a mute girl and a kindly disabled woman.


Cover Image Artemis Fowl
Colfer, Eoin.


When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.


Cover Image Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading
Greenwald, Tom.


Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far.


Cover Image Claudette Colvin : Twice Toward Justice
Hoose, Phillip M., 1947-





Cover Image Fever Crumb
Reeve, Philip.


Foundling Fever Crumb has been raised as an engineer although females in the future London, England, are not believed capable of rational thought, but at age fourteen she leaves her sheltered world and begins to learn startling truths about her past while facing danger in the present.


Cover Image The Girl Who Could Fly
Forester, Victoria (Victoria Lakeman).


When homeschooled farm girl Piper McCloud reveals her ability to fly, she is quickly taken to a secret government facility to be trained with other exceptional children, but she soon realizes that something is very wrong and begins working with brilliant and wealthy Conrad to escape.


Cover Image Incarceron
Fisher, Catherine, 1957-


To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.


Cover Image The Lab
Heath, Jack, 1986-


"Meet a sixteen-year-old superhuman: Agent Six of Hearts. He's the strongest, most effective agent in the Deck, a team of special agents fighting to uphold justice in a completely corrupt world. Six would be invincible...if not for a deadly secret. He is the product of an illegal experiment by the Lab--a ruthless division of the corporation that controls his world. When the Deck begins to investigate the Lab, Six walks a tightrope between his two worlds, trying to keep his origin secret. But then he meets Kyntak, a boy whose past equals his own."--dust cover flap.


Cover Image The Red Umbrella
Gonzalez, Christina Diaz, 1969-


In 1961 after Castro has come to power in Cuba, fourteen-year-old Lucia and her seven-year-old brother are sent to the United States when her parents, who are not in favor of the new regime, fear that the children will be taken away from them as others have been.


Cover Image Seedfolks
Fleischman, Paul.


One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed.


Cover Image A Tale Dark & Grimm
Gidwitz, Adam.


Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.


Cover Image Tangerine
Bloor, Edward, 1950-


Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.


Cover Image Three Days
Napoli, Donna Jo, 1948-


When her father suddenly dies while on a business trip leaving her alone on an Italian highway, eleven-year-old Jackie worries what will happen when she is picked up by two men with unknown motives.


Cover Image Under the Blood-Red Sun
Salisbury, Graham.


Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.


Cover Image A Wrinkle in Time
L'Engle, Madeleine.


Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.


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