Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

The Manitowoc-Calumet Library System’s annual book trivia challenge for grades 7-12


So, what is Battle of the Books?

Well, it is way more than just reading books: it is a competition for some serious bragging rights. Battle of the Books is a system-wide trivia competition among library teams that has been held for 15-plus years.

Each library in the Manitowoc-Calumet System assembles teams of teens hungry for good books who test their knowledge for the chance to win the coveted Battle Trophy Plaque to hang in their library. The tournament always ends with a pizza party and a book-signing with an author — all for reading great books!

If you are interested in joining the team contact Teen Associate Lisa Pike at mplteen@manitowoc.org starting in May for the upcoming summer.

 

2019 Books

Diabolic, The by S. J. Kincaid

Nemesis has been raised to be a living weapon, totally committed to the safety of Sidonia, the teen daughter of a galactic Senator. When Sidonia is summoned by the insane Emperor to appear at his court, Nemesis must take her place to protect her. Practically invincible in battle, Nemesis still miscalculates the treachery of the Emperor and his family. In order to save herself and her beloved, she must learn to temper her killer instincts with kindness and empathy.
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Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

A shape-shifting fox spirit, 13-year old Min has Charm powers that allow her to influence the thinking and behavior of people around her. She smuggles herself aboard a spaceship and pretends to be a Cadet to find her missing brother. She also looks for clues as to the location of the Dragon Pearl, a mystical jewel capable of transforming entire planets. Thanks in part to her fellow Cadets — a troll and a dragon — she moves steadily closer to a revelation that could affect the entire galaxy

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Grenade by Alan Gratz

When WWII arrives at Okinawa, Japan, Hideki is drafted into the Blood and Iron Student Corps to fight for the Japanese army. He is handed a grenade and a set of instructions: Don’t come back until you’ve killed an American soldier. Ray, a young American Marine, has just landed on Okinawa for his first battle. Then, the two of them collide in the middle of the battle…and the choices they make in that single instant will change everything.

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Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka

Jarrett lives with his troubled single mom. When she’s caught shoplifting and the two of them end up at the police station, his grandparents push for custody and raise Jarrett. His unreliable mom occasionally appears in his life unexpectedly, but she’s largely absent. Though Jarrett craves her love, his grandparents eventually reveal to him that she’s a heroin addict and often in jail. Despite his challenges, Jarrett actively develops his talent as an artist, and makes the most of the cards he’s been dealt.

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Illegal by Eoin Colfer

Ebo’s brother Kwame has disappeared, and he knows it can only be to attempt the hazardous journey to Europe, and a better life―the same journey their sister set out on months ago. But Ebo refuses to be left behind in Ghana. He sets out after him and joins him on his quest across the Sahara Desert to the dangerous streets of Tripoli, and finally out to the merciless sea.

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Poet X, The by Elizabeth Acevedo

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world

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Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

Wiccan Mila Flores, who truly could not care less what you think about her because she knows that, no matter what, her BFF Riley is right by her side. So when Riley and mean girls June Phelan-Park and Dayton Nesseth die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s easy explanation. Instead, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.

Genre: Battle of the Books 2019

We Regret to Inform You by A. E. Kaplan

Mischa Abramavicius is a walking, talking, top-scoring, perfectly well-rounded college application in human form. So when she’s rejected not only by the Ivies, but her loathsome safety school, she is shocked and devastated. She questions how this could have happened in the first place. Is it possible that her transcript was hacked? With the help of her best friend and a group of eccentric techies, she launches an investigation that will shake the community of Blanchard Prep to its stately brick foundations.

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2018 Books

Americanized: Rebel Without A Green Card by Sara Saedi

At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States. Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn’t learn of her undocumented status until her older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job, but couldn’t because she didn’t have a Social Security number. Fear of deportation kept Sara up at night, but it didn’t keep her from being a teenager. She desperately wanted a green card, along with clear skin, her own car, and a boyfriend.

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Bull by David Elliott

Much like Lin-Manuel Miranda did in Hamilton, New York Times best-selling author David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur for a new generation. A rough, rowdy, and darkly comedic young adult retelling in verse, Bull will have readers re-evaluating one of history’s most infamous monsters.

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Dream Fall by Amy Plum

Seven teenagers who suffer from debilitating insomnia agree to take part in an experimental new procedure to cure it because they think it can’t get any worse. But they couldn’t be more wrong. When the lab equipment malfunctions, the patients are plunged into a terrifying dream world where their worst nightmares have come to life—and they have no memory of how they got there. Hunted by monsters from their darkest imaginations, these seven strangers will be forced to band together  and if they can’t find a way to defeat their dreams, they will never wake up.

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Marrow Thieves, The by Cherie Dimaline

In a future world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream, and the dreamlessness has led to widespread madness. The only people still able to dream are North America’s indigenous population – and it is their marrow that holds the cure for the rest of the world. But getting the marrow – and dreams – means death for the unwilling donors. Driven to flight, a 15-year-old and his companions struggle for survival, attempt to reunite with loved ones, and take refuge from the “recruiters” who seek them out to bring them to the marrow-stealing ‘factories.

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Midnight at the Electric

Adri’s, Catherine’s, and Lenore’s lives are intertwined but not in the way that one would think. Adri lives in 2065 Kansas, Catherine lives in 1930s Kansas, and Lenore lives in England in 1919. As Adri is preparing to go to Mars, she stays with her cousin in Kansas, where the training takes place. Upon settling in, she comes across letters written from Lenore to Beth. Through journals and, later, letters, Catherine narrates her own story of being in Kansas during the Dust Bowl.

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Slider by Pete Hautman

Hoping to win a cash prize in a pizza eating contest after racking up a tab on his mother’s credit card, David must juggle his competitive eating training with the responsibility of looking after his autistic younger brother.

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You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural. Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up. Out in the ‘burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

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