Battle of the Books | Media  

2017-2018 Oregon Battle of the Books List
Grades 6-8 Division

Fallout

Gwenda Bond

Overview
From Follett

Originally published in hardcover in 2015. Lois Lane is the new girl at East Metropolis High, and her instinct to ask questions brings her and her online friend, Smallville Guy, into conflict with some bullying video gamers called the Warheads, who are being used in a dangerous virtual reality experiment.

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Found

Margaret Peterson Haddix

Overview
From Follett

When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying

to repair the fabric of time.

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Hoot

Carl Hiaasen

Overview
From Follett

Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

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I am Princess X

Cherie Priest

Overview
From Follett

"Years after writing stories about a superheroine character she created with a best friend who died in a tragic car accident, 16-year-old May is shocked to see stickers, patches and graffiti images of the superheroine appearing all over town"

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Kalahari

Jessica Khoury

Overview
From Follett

"Deep in the Kalahari Desert, a Corpus lab protects a dangerous secret. But what happens when that secret takes on a life of its own? When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide"

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The Lightning Queen

Laura Resau

Overview
From Follett

On the Hill of Dust, in the remote mountains of Mexico, an eleven-year-old Mixtec boy called Teo lives with his family and the animals that he has healed, but one day a Romany caravan rolls into town with a young girl who calls herself Esma, the Gypsy Queen of Lightning--it is the beginning

of a life-long friendship that will change both their lives.

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Lost in the Sun

Lisa Graff

Overview

From Follett

"As Trent Zimmerman struggles to move past a traumatic event that took place several months earlier, he befriends class outcast Fallon Little,

who helps him understand that he can move on"

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The Mark of the Dragonfly

Jaleigh Johnson

Overview
From Follett

Since her father's death in a factory in the Dragonfly territories, thirteen-year-old Piper has eked out a living as a scrapper in Merrow Kingdom,

but the arrival of a mysterious girl sends her on a dangerous journey to distant lands.

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Popular: A Memoir

Maya Van Wagenen

Overview
From Follett

Presents a memoir of a one-year social experiment in which teen author Maya Van Wagenen followed a 1950's popularity guide,

written by former teen model Betty Cornell.

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Rebel Mechanics

Shanna Swendson

Overview
From Follett

In 1888 New York City, sixteen-year-old governess Verity Newton agrees to become a spy, whatever the risk, after learning that the man

for whom she has feelings sympathizes with rebels developing non-magical sources of power, via steam engines, in hopes of gaining

freedom from British rule.

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The Running Dream

Wendelin Van Drannen

 

Overview
From Follett

When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.

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Schooled

Gordon Korman

 

Overview
From Follett

Cap lives in isolation with his grandmother, a former hippie; but when she falls from a tree and breaks her hip,

Cap is sent to a foster home where he has his first experience in a public school.


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The Seventh Most Important Thing

Shelley Pearsall

Overview

From Follett

"In 1963, thirteen-year-old Arthur is sentenced to community service helping the neighborhood Junk Man after he

throws a brick at the old man's head in a moment of rage, but the junk he collects might be more important than he suspects.

Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton"

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The Thief

Mean Whalen Turner

 

Overview
From Follett

Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.

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The Turn of the Tide

Rosanne Parry

Overview

From Follett

After a devastating tsunami in Japan, cousins Jet and Kai spend the summer together in Astoria, Oregon, training for the

Young's Bay Treasure Island Race and become close friends in the process.

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The War that Saved My Life

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

 

Overview
From Follett

A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

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