Battle of the Books List
Appleblossom the Possum by Sloan, Holly Goldberg
A young possum strikes out on her own and winds up trapped in a human house before her brothers can rescue her.
The Aquanaut by Dan Santat
Ever since her father was lost at sea, Sophia has been moping around Aqualand, a marine theme park. But Sophia's world is turned upside-down when an "aquanaut" breaks into the park's research lab. To her amazement, Sophia discovers that the aquanaut is not what it seems: inside lives a band of goofy sea creatures! And when they all realize that Aqualand is more sinister than advertised, Sophia is determined to help the aquanaut crew free the park's captive marine life before it's too late.
The Babe and I by Adler, David
While helping his family make ends meet during the Depression by selling newspapers, a boy meets Babe Ruth.
Beast Feast by David Florian
A collection of humorous poems about such animals as the walrus, anteater, and boa.
Bird and Squirrel on the Edge by Burks, James
Bird and Squirrel are almost home. All that's left for them to do is cross the Great Mountains. But before they can, the duo stops to chase off wolves hunting a baby bear and in the process Bird gets a knock on the noggin that gives him amnesia. Now Squirrel has to set aside his fears and keep both Bird and the bear cub safe as they journey on foot over the mountains. But with a pack of hungry wolves on their tail, can Squirrel step up and be the leader they need to keep them all alive?
The Case of the Graveyard Ghost by Torrey, Michelle
Now in fifth grade, Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey continue to combine their detective and scientific investigation skills to solve a variety of cases, involving a noisy laundry chute, a ruined flower show, and a ghost.
Crenshaw by Applegate, Katherine
A story about a homeless boy and his imaginary friend that proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary.
Gregor the Overlander by Collins, Suzanne
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
Hate that Cat by Sharon Creech
Jack is studying poetry again in school, and he continues to write poems reflecting his understanding of famous poems and how they relate to his life.
Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers
In this fascinating, fun take on nonfiction, uniquely American in its frank tone and honest look at the literal foundation of our country, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America's most emblematic statue. What they find is about more than history, more than art. What they find in the Statue of Liberty's right foot is the powerful message of acceptance that is essential to an entire country's creation"
Honus and Me by Dan Gutman
Joey, who loves baseball but is not very good at it, finds a valuable 1909 Honus Wagner card and travels back in time to meet Honus.
Lights, Camera, Cook! by Charise Mercile Harper
Follows Tate, Rae, Caroline, and Oliver, ages nine to eleven, both on and off-camera as they compete in a televised cooking competition. Includes cooking tips.
Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly
Marisol, who has a big imagination and likes to name inanimate objects, has a tree in her backyard named Peppina...but she's way too scared to climb it. Will Marisol find the courage to climb Peppina? Maybe
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
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.
Pecos Bill by Kellogg, Steven
Incidents from the life of Pecos Bill, from his childhood among the coyotes to his unusual wedding day.
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Birdsall, Jeanne
While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.
Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Messner, Kate
Ranger, a golden retriever, could have been a great search-and-rescue-dog except for the squirrels--but one day he unearths a mysterious box and finds himself transported back to the year 1850 where his faithful service is really needed by a family traveling west along the Oregon Trail.
Restart by Gordon Korman
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?
Rotton Richie and the Ultimate Dare by Patricia Polacco
Richie and his younger sister Trisha face off in a contest to see whose hobby is more challenging.
Sidekicks by Santant, Dan
When Captain Amazing feels he is getting too old to be a reliable superhero, he tries to hire a new sidekick, but his pets have different ideas.
Swiss Family Robinson (Classic Start edition) by Wyss, Johann, retold by Chris Tait
The story that relates the fortunes of a shipwrecked family as they imaginatively adapt to life on an island with abundant animal and plant life.
Testing the Ice: The True Story about Jackie Robinson by Robinson, Sharon
As a testament to his courage, Jackie Robinson's daughter shares memories of him, from his baseball career to the day he tests the ice for her, her brothers, and their friends.
Wild Robot By Peter Brown
Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.
Wilma Unlimited by Krull, Kathleen
A biography of the African-American woman who overcame crippling polio as a child to become the first woman to win three gold medals in track in a single Olympics.
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
A red oak tree tells how he and his crow friend, Bongo, help their human neighbors get along after a threat agains an immigrant family is carved into the tree's trunk.