Multcolib Picks: 2013 Oregon Battle of the Books Grades 6-8

Tangerine By Bloor, Edward (eBook - 2006 )

Annotation:This ebook is always available from a device with an active Internet connection--no downloads, special e-reader, or additional software necessary!

Al Capone Does My Shirts
Al Capone Does My Shirts By Choldenko, Gennifer (Book - 2004 ) j CHOLDENKO Available in some locations

Annotation:A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

Also Known as Harper
Also Known as Harper By Leal, Ann Haywood (Book - 2009 ) j LEAL 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Writing poetry helps fifth-grader Harper Lee Morgan cope with her father's absence, being evicted, and having to skip school to care for her brother while their mother works, and things look even brighter after she befriends a mute girl and a kindly disabled woman.

Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl By Colfer, Eoin (Book - 2001 ) j COLFER Available in some locations

Annotation:When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading By Greenwald, Tom (Book - 2011 ) j GREENWALD 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 16 on 13 copies

Annotation:Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far.

Claudette Colvin
Claudette Colvin Twice Toward Justice By Hoose, Phillip M. (Book - 2009 ) j B-Co726h 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:On March 2, 1955, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. In her own words, Claudette gives a detailed look at segregated life in 1950s Memphis and the start of the civil rights movement.

Fever Crumb
Fever Crumb By Reeve, Philip (Book - 2010 ) y REEVE 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Foundling Fever Crumb has been raised as an engineer although females in the future London, England, are not believed capable of rational thought, but at age fourteen she leaves her sheltered world and begins to learn startling truths about her past while facing danger in the present.

The Girl Who Could Fly
The Girl Who Could Fly By Forester, Victoria (Book - 2008 ) j FORESTER 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:When homeschooled farm girl Piper McCloud reveals her ability to fly, she is quickly taken to a secret government facility to be trained with other exceptional children, but she soon realizes that something is very wrong and begins working with brilliant and wealthy Conrad to escape.

Incarceron By Fisher, Catherine (Book - 2010 ) y FISHER 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.

The Lab
The Lab By Heath, Jack (Book - 2008 ) y HEATH 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:When Agent Six, a member of The Deck, a group fighting against their corrupt society, discovers that he is the product of an illegal experiment by the evil Lab, he takes dangerous steps to discover the truth about himself.

The Red Umbrella
The Red Umbrella By Gonzalez, Christina Diaz (Book - 2010 ) y GONZALEZ 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1961 after Castro has come to power in Cuba, fourteen-year-old Lucia and her seven-year-old brother are sent to the United States when her parents, who are not in favor of the new regime, fear that the children will be taken away from them as others have been.

Seedfolks By Fleischman, Paul (Book - 1997 ) j FLEISCHMA All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 6 copies

Annotation:One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed.

A Tale Dark & Grimm
A Tale Dark & Grimm By Gidwitz, Adam (Book - 2010 ) j GIDWITZ 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 20 copies

Annotation:Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.

Tangerine By Bloor, Edward (Book - 2007 ) y BLOOR 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

Three Days
Three Days By Napoli, Donna Jo (Book - 2001 ) j NAPOLI

Annotation:When her father suddenly dies while on a business trip leaving her alone on an Italian highway, eleven-year-old Jackie worries what will happen when she is picked up by two men with unknown motives.

Under the Blood-red Sun
Under the Blood-red Sun By Salisbury, Graham (Book - 2005 ) y SALISBURY 2005 Available in some locations

Annotation:Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time By L'Engle, Madeleine (Book - 2012 ) j LENGLE 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 39 copies

Annotation:Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

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This is a list of 2013 Oregon Battle of the Book list for grades 6th through 8th. Students in 3rd-12th grade, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints. Find out more at oboblsta.pbworks.com We've listed downloadable ebook versions when they exist first, as these may have greater availability than traditional books. And, don't forget, most of these titles are available as audiobooks (downloadable digital or on CDs).

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