Battle Books 2020
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Mia Tang’s parents told her that America would be this amazing place where they could live in a house with a dog and eat hamburgers till they were red in the face. Instead, they work around the clock managing a motel for a greedy owner while trying to fight injustice against immigrant friends and motel residents. Mia is hopeful that courage, hard work, and kindness will help them achieve their dreams.
Granted by John David Anderson
Everyone who wishes upon a star, candle, or penny knows that you’re not allowed to tell anyone what you’ve wished for. Even so, there is someone out there who hears it. Young fairy Ophelia finally gets her first wish-granting assignment, and she discovers that the job of granting a human’s wish is anything but easy.
Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
After a fight at school leaves Marcus facing suspension, Marcus’s mother takes him and his younger brother to Puerto Rico to visit relatives they have never met. Marcus insists on tracking down their father, who walked out of their lives ten years ago. An incredible journey of misadventures leads them across the island and changes Marcus’s life.
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
Candice finds a mysterious letter in the attic that describes a young woman, an injustice that happened decades ago, and a fortune that awaits the person who solves the puzzle. With the help of her neighbor, Brandon, Candice deciphers clues from the past, full of ugly deeds, forgotten heroes, and one great love, and learns about her own family history in the process.
The Stone Girl’s Story by Sarah Beth Durst
Mayka and her stone family were brought to life by the stories etched into their bodies. Now time is eroding these vital marks, and Mayka must find a stonemason to recarve them. But the search is more complex than she had imagined, and Mayka braves unforeseen dangers and magical consequences on her crucial quest to save her family.
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.