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2022 Books


The booklist includes books that are written for young readers but will appeal to all ages. Battles will include questions about all five books.

All books are available to borrow from DTDL and GLADL in multiple formats, including ebooks, audio, and print. In addition, registered teams will each receive a Battle Kickoff Kit, which includes a set of the books.

Love this year's Battle books? Check out our booklist of suggested readalikes for all five books!

Did you miss out on this year's program?  You can still play Battle Trivia for fun on your own! Play the Preliminary Battle Kahoot trivia.

Anya and the Dragon by Sofiya Pasternack
A magical, historical fantasy
In this tale of magic and mayhem set in tenth century Eastern Europe, headstrong Anya is the daughter of the only Jewish family in her village. When her family’s livelihood is threatened, Anya joins in a hunt to capture the last dragon in Kievan Rus in exchange for money. But as Anya battles villains and uncovers lies, she realizes her quest may not be what she thought.
Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor Book and Lectio Book Award nominee
Available at: DTDL | GLADL | Hoopla ebook | Hoopla audiobook
Reading Guide

I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
A moving, contemporary story
When Edie discovers a box hidden in the attic full of letters and photographs, it changes everything she thought she knew about her Native American mother's adoption. As Edie investigates her parents’ secrets, she realizes she has a lot to learn about her family's history and her own identity.
American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book, Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book, and best book of the year from Kirkus, School Library Journal, NPR, Chicago Public Library
Available at: DTDL | GLADL | Hoopla ebook | Hoopla audiobook
Reading Guide

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon
A heart-warming, funny adventure
Caleb and his big brother Bobby Gene are hoping to have an adventurous summer in their small town when they meet new neighbor Styx Malone. Styx introduces them to the Great Escalator Trade, exchanging one small thing for something better until they achieve their wildest dream. But as they start getting in over their heads, the boys realize Styx is keeping secrets that could ruin everything.
Coretta Scott King Honor Book, winner of the Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Fiction
Available at: DTDL | GLADL 
Reading Guide

Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte
A thought-provoking, historical drama
Mary Lambert has always felt safe and protected on her beloved island of Martha's Vineyard. Many people there, including Mary, are deaf, and nearly everyone can communicate in sign language. But when a cunning young scientist arrives to study the island’s deaf inhabitants, Mary finds herself in danger as the focus of a cruel experiment.
Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award, Jane Addams Children's Book Award Finalist, New England Independent Booksellers Award Finalist, and a best book of the year from NPR, Kirkus, School Library Journal, New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library
Available at: DTDL | GLADL | Hoopla audiobook
Reading Guide

Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter
A mysterious, action-packed thriller
April has been in the foster system ever since her mother abandoned her with nothing but an ornate key and promise of her return. When April discovers the key is connected to her new foster home, Winterborne House, she begins looking for clues. But the mansion is hiding more than one secret, and it’s up to April and her friends to unravel the mysteries before they lose their home forever.
Starred review from School Library Journal, New York Times Bestselling Author 
Available at: DTDL | GLADL | Hoopla ebook | Hoopla audiobook
Reading Guide