Genre: Battle of the Books 2019

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.


Genre: Battle of the Books 2019

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


Genre: Battle of the Books 2019

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.


Genre: Battle of the Books 2019

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.


Genre: Battle of the Books 2019

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.


Genre: Battle of the Books 2019

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.


Genre: Battle of the Books 2019