Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books 2017

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost has a crazy natural talent, but no formal training. If he can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons–it all starting with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems–and running away from them–until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who blew his own shot at success by using drugs, and who is determined to keep other kids from blowing their shots at life.

Genre: Battle of the Books, Fiction
Subjects: Running, Track and Field

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen. Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Genre: Battle of the Books, Fantasy, Romance
Subjects: Fantasy, Love, YA Fiction

Joyride Vol. 1: Ignition by Jackson Lanzing

Earth sucks. The stars have been blocked out for so long that people have forgotten there was anything else besides the World Government Alliance watching over them. Uma Akkolyte is a girl who shoots first, leaps before she looks, and is desperate for any means to leave her planet behind. And so she does. When Uma jacks an alien spaceship and punches through the stratosphere she sets forth on an adventure with an unlikely crew who are totally not ready for all the good, bad, and weird the universe will throw at them

Genre: Battle of the Books, Comics, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction
Subjects: Comic Books, Space Ships

Misunderstood: Why the Humble Rat May Be Your Best Pet Ever by Rachel Toor

Shares the author’s experiences with her pet rat Iris, offering anecdotes of her antics and other rat owners and discussing how to care for rats, health concerns, life spans, and eating habits.

Genre: Battle of the Books, Juvenile
Subjects: Rats, YA Nonfiction

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (‘gleaned’) by professional reapers (‘scythes‘). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe–a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn’t

Genre: Battle of the Books, Science Fiction
Subjects: Death, Murder, YA Fiction

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

A gothic murder mystery set in gritty Victorian-era London, where an intrepid society girl finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a serial killer known as Jack the Ripper. Trading in her embroidery needle for an autopsy scalpel, Audrey Wadsworth secretly apprentices in forensics. She gets drawn into the investigation of serial killer Jack the Ripper. To her horror, the search for clues leads closer to her sheltered world than she would ever thought possible.
Genre: Battle of the Books, Detective and Mystery, YA Fiction
Subjects: Forensic Sciences, Juvenile Fiction, Serial Murderers

Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker

When science prodigy Tori Frankenstein accidentally kills a teen boy in a midnight car accident, there’s only one thing for her to do–use her science project to bring him back to life.

Genre: Battle of the Books, Horror
Subjects: High Schools, Horror, Science Projects

Watched by Marina Tamar Budhos

Far from the “model teen,” Naeem moves fast to outrun the eyes of his hardworking Bangladeshi parents, their gossipy neighbors, and the other forms of surveillance in his immigrant neighborhood in Queens, but when his mistakes catch up with him and the police offer a dark deal, will Naeem be a hero or a traitor?

Genre: Battle of the Books, Fiction
Subjects: Bangladeshi Americans, Mulsims, Surveillance
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