I just want to post the books that are to be read for the 2006 Battle of the Books.  For those not in the know about Battle of the Books (BoB), it is a competition between libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System that will be taking place in September.  The competition is open to grades 6-9 in this coming school year.

There will be free t-shirts, books, and other prizes for those who sign up. We have a full panel of 5 teens signed up, but there are room for alternates.  If you have any questions, call me (Angie) at the library when we are open.

Book titles to be read are:

  • Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
  • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • Crispin : The Cross of Lead by Avi
  • Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
  • The Magic Circle by Donna Jo Napoli
  • Millions by Frank Boyce Cottrell
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  • Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan
  • The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
  • When my name was Keoko by Linda Sue Parks


Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

From the book: 

“When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.”


The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

From the book :

“In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.”

Also read : the sequel “The People of Sparks” and the prequel “The Prophet of Yonwood.”

Crispin : The cross of lead by Avi

From the book:

“Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret. ”


Freak the mighty by Rodman Philbrick

From the book:

“At the beginning of eighth grade, learning disabled Max and his new friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they combine forces they make a powerful team.”

This book was released as a movie entitled “The Mighty”.  Now has a sequel, “Max the Mighty.”


The Magic Circle by Donna Jo Napoli

From the book:

“After learning sorcery to become a healer, a good-hearted woman is turned into a witch by evil spirits and she fights their power until her encounter with Hansel and Gretel years later.”

A very quick read (literally, a thin paperback), a really good starting point for those who aren’t sure about fantasy.


Millions by Frank Boyce Cottrell

From the book:

“After their mother dies, two brothers find a huge amount of money which they must spend quickly before England switches to the new European currency, but they disagree on what to do with it.”

(A very, very funny book, by the way.)


Monster by Walter Dean Myers

From the book:

“While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.”

This is a very gritty, urban read.  This can be difficult to get through, at times.  Well worth the read though.


Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan

From the book :

“Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family’s Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had.”


The thief lord by Cornelia Funke

“Two brothers, having run away from the aunt who plans to adopt the younger one, are sought by a detective hired by their aunt, but they have found shelter with–and protection from–Venice’s ‘Thief Lord.’ ”


When my name was Keoko by Linda Sue Parks

From the book :

“With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely.”