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Book2014-2015 Oregon Battle of the Books 3rd-5th Grade

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Cover Image The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester
O'Connor, Barbara.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.


After Owen captures an enormous bullfrog, names it Tooley Graham, then has to release it, he and two friends try to use a small submarine that fell from a passing train to search for Tooley in the Carter, Georgia, pond it came from, while avoiding nosy neighbor Viola.


Cover Image Gaby, Lost and Found
Cervantes, Angela, author.



Gaby Howard loves volunteering at the local animal shelter. Her mother has been deported to Honduras and Gaby is stuck living with her inattentive dad. She's confident that her mom will come home soon so that they can adopt Gaby's favorite shelter cat together. But Gaby worries that her plans for the perfect family are about to fall apart.


Cover Image Kizzy Ann Stamps
Watts, Jeri Hanel, 1957-
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2012.


Taking things in stride is not easy for Kizzy Ann, but with her border collie, Shag, at her side, she sets out to live a life as sweet as syrup on cornbread.


Cover Image The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
DiCamillo, Kate.
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2006.


Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.


Cover Image A Nest for Celeste : A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home
Cole, Henry, 1955-
New York, N.Y. : Katherine Tegen Books, c2010.


Celeste, a mouse longing for a real home, becomes a source of inspiration to teenaged Joseph, assistant to the artist and naturalist John James Audubon, at a New Orleans, Louisiana, plantation in 1821.


Cover Image Night of the Twisters :
Ruckman, Ivy.
New York : HarperTrophy, 2003, c1984.


A fictional account of the night freakish and devastating tornadoes hit Grand Island, Nebraska, as experienced by a twelve-year-old, his family, and friends.


Cover Image The One and Only Ivan
Applegate, Katherine.
New York : Harper, c2012.


When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.


Cover Image Rules
Lord, Cynthia.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2006.


Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic.


Cover Image Sasquatch
Smith, Roland, 1951-
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, c1998.


Thirteen-year-old Dylan follows his father into the woods on the slopes of Mount St. Helens, which is on the brink of another eruption, in an attempt to protect the resident Sasquatch from ruthless hunters.


Cover Image Starry River of the Sky
Lin, Grace.
New York : Little, Brown, 2012.


An innkeeper's chore boy discovers that a visitor's stories hold the key to returning the moon to the Starry River of the Sky.


Cover Image Swindle
Korman, Gordon.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2008.


After unscrupulous collector S. Wendell Palamino cons him out of a valuable baseball card, sixth-grader Griffin Bing puts together a band of misfits to break into Palomino's heavily guarded store and steal the card back, planning to use the money to finance his father's failing invention, the SmartPick fruit picker.


Cover Image Tales From the Odyssey : Part One
Osborne, Mary Pope.



Odysseus is far from home, tossed by stormy seas and cursed by an angry one-eyed giant. After twenty years of fighting monsters, angering gods and goddesses, and surviving against the odds, Odysseus returns home and faces more dangerous enemies.


Cover Image Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Judy Blume ; Illustrated By Roy Doty.
Blume, Judy.
New York, Dutton [1972]


Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever increasing problem.


Cover Image The Trouble with Chickens : A J.J. Tully Mystery
Cronin, Doreen.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, c2011.


A hard-bitten former search-and-rescue dog helps solve a complicated missing chicken case.


Cover Image The World According to Humphrey
Birney, Betty G.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2004.


Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher.


Cover Image The Year of the Book
Cheng, Andrea.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2012.


Follows a young Chinese American girl, as she navigates relationships with family, friends, and her fourth-grade classroom, and finds a true best friend.


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