Book2013-2014 Oregon Battle of the Books 6th-8th Grade

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Oregon Battle of the Books study guides from around the state:

Author name pronunciation guide (all grades)

Cedar Mills Public Library will post 8 sets of study questions from their practice sessions after January 6th:

The Books

Cover Image Bigger Than a Breadbox
Snyder, Laurel.
New York : Random House, 2011.

Devastated when her parents separate, twelve-year-old Rebecca must move with her mother from Baltimore to Gran's house in Atlanta, where Rebecca discovers an old breadbox with the power to grant any wish--so long as the wished-for thing fits in the breadbox.

Cover Image Magyk
Sage, Angie.
New York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2005.

After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412--pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier.

Cover Image Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life
Patterson, James, 1947-
New York : Little, Brown, 2011.

When Rafe Kane enters middle school, he teams up with his best friend, "Leo the Silent," to create a game to make school more fun by trying to break every rule in the school's code of conduct.

Cover Image The Million Dollar Throw
Lupica, Mike.
New York, N.Y. : Philomel Books, 2009.

Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie's family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, and Nate is frantic because his best friend Abby is going blind, so when he gets a chance to win a million dollars if he can complete a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriot's game, he is nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed.

Cover Image Milo : Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze
Silberberg, Alan.
New York : Aladdin, 2010.

In love with the girl he sneezed on the first day of school and best pals with Marshall, the "One Eyed Jack" of friends, seventh-grader Milo Cruikshank misses his mother whose death has changed everything at home.

Cover Image The Mostly True Story of Jack
Barnhill, Kelly Regan.
New York : Little, Brown, 2011.

Jack is practically invisible at home, but when his parents send him to Hazelwood, Iowa, to spend a summer with his odd aunt and uncle, he suddenly makes friends, is beaten up by the town bully, and is plotted against by the richest man in town.

Cover Image Night of the Howling Dogs
Salisbury, Graham.
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, c2007.

In 1975, eleven Boy Scouts, their leaders, and some new friends camping at Halape, Hawaii, find their survival skills put to the test when a massive earthquake strikes, followed by a tsunami.

Cover Image The Notorious Benedict Arnold : A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery
Sheinkin, Steve.
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2010.

An introduction to the life of Benedict Arnold that highlights not only the traitorous actions that made him legendary, but also his heroic involvement in the American Revolution.

Cover Image Okay for Now
Schmidt, Gary D.
New York : Clarion Books, c2011.

As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer--a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon's birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.

Cover Image Operation Redwood
French, Susannah T.
New York : Amulet Books, 2009.

In northern California, Julian Carter-Li and his friends old and new fight to save a grove of redwoods from an investment company that plans to cut them down.

Cover Image Second Fiddle
Parry, Rosanne.
New York : Random House, c2011.

Six months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, three eighth-grade girls living on an American military base with their families in Berlin try to save a Russian soldier, who has been beaten and left for dead, by smuggling him to Paris, where they are going to perform in a music competition.

Cover Image Stargirl
Spinelli, Jerry.
New York : Alfred Knopf, 2002, c2000.

In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.

Cover Image Timeriders
Scarrow, Alex.
New York : Walker & Co., 2010.

Rescued from imminent death, teens Maddy, Liam, and Sal join forces in 2001 Manhattan to correct changes in history made by other time travelers, using a "time bubble" surrounding the attack on the Twin Towers to hide their journeys.

Cover Image The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Avi, 1937-
New York : Orchard Books, c1990.

As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.

Cover Image Uglies
Westerfeld, Scott.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2005.

Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.

Cover Image Wildwood
Meloy, Colin.
New York : Balzer + Bray, c2011.

When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness--a dangerous and magical forest in the middle of Portland, Oregon--and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants.

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