Books and Reading

2014-2015 Oregon Battle of the Books 6th-8th Grade

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The Books

Cover Image Bomb : The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
Sheinkin, Steve.
New York : Roaring Brook Press, c2012.

Cover Image Code Talker : A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two
Bruchac, Joseph, 1942-
New York : Dial Books, c2005.

After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

Cover Image Endangered
Schrefer, Eliot, 1978-
New York, N.Y. : Scholastic Press, 2012.

Sophie is not happy to be back in the Congo for the summer, but when she rescues an abused baby bonobo she becomes more involved in her mother's sanctuary--and when fighting breaks out and the sanctuary is attacked, it is up to Sophie to rescue the apes and somehow survive in the jungle.

Cover Image The False Prince
Nielsen, Jennifer A.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2012.

In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

Cover Image Freak the Mighty
Philbrick, W. R. (W. Rodman)
New York : Scholastic, c1993.

At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team.

Cover Image Into the Wild
Hunter, Erin.
New York : HarperCollins, c2003.

For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest. When their warrior code is threatened by mysterious deaths, a house cat named Rusty may turn out to be the bravest warrior of all.

Cover Image Legend
Lu, Marie, 1984-
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2011.

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

Cover Image The Lions of Little Rock
Levine, Kristin (Kristin Sims), 1974-
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2012.

In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy twelve-year-old Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration, but her friendship with Liz, a new student, helps her find her voice and fight against racism.

Cover Image The Lost Hero
Riordan, Rick.
New York : Disney/Hyperion Books, c2010.

Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for "bad kids," find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself.

Cover Image One for the Murphys
Hunt, Lynda Mullaly.
New York, NY : Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012.

"After heartbreaking betrayal, Carley is sent to live with a foster family and struggles with opening herself up to their love"-- Provided by publisher.

Cover Image Poison
Zinn, Bridget.
New York : Hyperion, c2013.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra, a potions master, tries to save her kingdom by murdering the princess, who is also her best friend, the poisoned dart misses its mark and Kyra becomes a fugitive, pursued by the King's army and her ex-boyfriend Hal.

Cover Image The Ruins of Gorlan
Flanagan, John (John Anthony)
New York : Philomel Books, 2005.

When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.

Cover Image Shooting Kabul
Senzai, N. H.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2010.

Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.

Cover Image True Legend
Lupica, Mike.
New York : Philomel Books, 2012.

Fifteen-year-old Drew "True" Robinson loves being the best point-guard prospect in high school basketball, but learns the consequences of fame through a former player, as well as through the man who expects to be his manager when True reaches the NBA.

Cover Image Ungifted
Korman, Gordon.
New York : Balzer + Bray, c2012.

Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at middle school.

Cover Image Wonder
Palacio, R. J.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.

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