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2018-2019 Oregon Battle of the Books List
Grades 6-8 Division

Absolutely Truly

Heather Vogel Frederi

Overview
From Follett

"Twelve-year-old Truly Lovejoy's family moves to a small town to take over a bookstore. Soon, she has to solve two mysteries involving a missing book and an undelivered letter"--Provided by publisher.

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Avenging Owl

Melissa Hart

Overview
From Follett

Includes bibliographical references. Uprooted to Oregon where he befriends a boy with Down Syndrome, Solo Hahn--named in honor of the Star Wars action hero--must perform eight months of community service at the local raptor center and uses his screenwriting passion to convey his feelings about his father's attempted suicide.

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The Body in the Woods

April Henry

Overview
From Follett

"Christy Ottaviano Books"--Title page. While helping the Portland County Sheriff's Search and Rescue to seek a missing autistic man, teens Alexis, Nick, and Ruby find instead, a body and join forces to find the girl's murderer, forming an unlikely friendship, as well.

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Cryptid Hunters

Roland Smith

From the Publisher
After their parents are lost in an accident, thirteen-year old twins Grace and Marty are whisked away to live with their Uncle Wolfe-an uncle that they didn't even know they had! The intimidating Uncle Wolfe is an anthropologist who has dedicated his life to finding cryptids, mysterious creatures believed to be long extinct.

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Doll Bones

Holly Black

 

Overview
From Follett

Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

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The Gauntlet

Karuna Riazi

Overview
From Follett

"When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand--a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik's cube--they know it's up to them to defeat the game's diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first they have to figure out how. Under the tutelage of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay, the Farah and her friends battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats as they prepare to face off with the maniacal Lord Amari, the man behind the machine. Can they defeat Amari at his own game...or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine?"--Provided by publisher.

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Ghost

Jason Reynold

Overview
From Follett

"A Caitlyn Dlouhy book." "Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential"--Provided by publisher.

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I will Always Write Back

Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda

Overview
From Follett

"In this ... dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends--and better people--through their long-distance exchange as pen-pals"--Jacket flap.

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The Luck Uglies

Paul Durham

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From Follett

"Eleven-year-old Rye O'Chanter and her two friends delve into the secret lore of their village when mysterious creatures of legend reappear on the night of the Black Moon, leading them to the notorious secret society, the Luck Uglies"--Provided by publisher.

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My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights

Brooks Benjamin

Overview
From Follett

"All Dillon wants is to be a real dancer. And if he wins a summer scholarship at Dance-Splosion, he's on his way. The problem? His dad wants him to play football. And Dillon's freestyle crew, the Dizzee Freekz, says that dance studios are for sell-outs"--Provided by publisher.

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Restart

Gordon Korman

Overview
From Follett

"Chase does not remember falling off the roof, in fact he does not remember anything about himself, and when he gets back to middle school he begins to learn who he was through the reactions of the other kids--trouble is, he really is not sure he likes the Chase that is being revealed, but can he take the opportunity amnesia has provided and restart his life?"--Provided by publisher.

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Revenge of the Witch

Joseph Delaney

Overview
From Follett

First published in Great Britain by The Bodley Head under the title, The spook's apprentice, 2004. Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties."

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Small as an Elephant

Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Overview
From Follett

Abandoned by his mother in an Acadia National Park campground, Jack tries to make his way back to Boston before anyone figures out what is going on, with only a small toy elephant for company.

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The Sword of Summer

Rick Riordan

Overview
From Follett

"Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die ..."--Publisher.

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The Wishing Spell

Chris Colfer

Overview
From Follett

"Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about"--Provided by publisher.

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Wolf Hollow

Lauren Wolk

Overview
From Follett

"Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what's right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran"--Provided by publisher.

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