Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Liam has always felt a bit like he’s stuck between two worlds, mostly because he’s a twelve-year-old kid who looks like he’s about thirty. When Liam uses this to con his way onto the first spaceship to take civilians into space, Liam, along and his friends, finds himself stuck between two worlds again—only this time he’s 239,000 miles from home.
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker and that great minds don’t always think alike.
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
On the first night of Milo’s winter vacation, the guest bell rings at Greenglass House, a creaky smuggler’s inn. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house. Milo must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth.
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
In the summer of 1968, Delphine and her two younger sisters travel from New York to California to spend a month with the mother they barely know. While the girls hope to go to Disneyland, their mother sends them to a day camp run by Black Panthers. Unexpectedly, the girls learn much about their family, their country, and themselves.
The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill
When Ned and his identical twin brother tumble from their raft into a raging river, only Ned survives. Villagers are convinced the wrong boy lived. But when a Bandit King comes to steal the magic Ned’s mother, a witch, is meant to protect, it’s Ned who safeguards the magic and summons the strength to protect his family and community.
The battles will include questions about all of these books. Teams are responsible for dividing up books among team members so all books are covered. The more books each team member reads, the better your chances are in the competition. All books are available to check out from DTDL and GLADL in multiple formats.