Elementary Battle of the Books 2023-2024

Updated June 19, 2023
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Amari and the night brothers
Alston, B. B.
New York Times bestseller! Artemis Fowl meets Men in Black in this exhilarating debut middle grade fantasy, the first in a series filled with #blackgirlmagic. Perfect for fans of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, the Percy Jackson series, and Nevermoor. Amari Peters has...
Where the watermelons grow
Baldwin, Cindy
Fans of The Thing About Jellyfish and A Snicker of Magic will be swept away by Cindy Baldwin's debut middle grade about a girl coming to terms with her mother's mental illness. An Oregon Spirit Award Honor book.  When twelve-year-old Della Kelly finds her mother...
The very, very far north : a story for gentle readers and listeners
Bar-el, Dan
"Wonderfully follows in the tradition of A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories...Endearing...Will win over young readers in a heartbeat." --Booklist (starred review) "Quirky and imaginative--postmodern storytelling at its best." --Kirkus Reviews An...
The total eclipse of Nestor Lopez
Cuevas, Adrianna
2021 Pura Belpré Honor Book NYPL Best Book of 2020 2020 Evanston Public Library Great Books for Kids In this magical middle-grade debut novel from Adrianna Cuevas, The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, a Cuban American boy must use his secret ability...
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library
Grabenstein, Chris
Can you find your way out of what James Patterson calls the "coolest library in the world"? Join gamer-fan Kyle Keeley as he competes in the escape game of a lifetime!   From the coauthor of I Funny and Max Einstein--and with 100+ weeks on the the New...
Not if I can help it
Mackler, Carolyn
From award-winning Carolyn Mackler, the story of Willa, who has been living with Sensory Processing Disorder but is thrown for a BIG loop when her dad announces he's dating Willa's best friend's mom.Willa likes certain things to be certain ways. Her socks have to be soft . . . and definitely can't...
The miscalculations of Lightning Girl
McAnulty, Stacy
A lightning strike gave her a super power...but even a super genius can't solve the problem of middle school. This smart and funny novel is perfect for fans of The Fourteenth Goldfish, Rain Reign, and Counting by Sevens. Lucy Callahan's life was changed...
O'Connor, Barbara
Don't miss Barbara O'Connor's other middle-grade work--like Wonderland; How to Steal a Dog; Greetings from Nowhere; Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia; The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester; and more! A touching, New York Times-bestselling story about a girl and...
Pennypacker, Sara 1951-
New York Times Bestseller * National Book Award Longlist  From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes a beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox. Pax is destined to become a classic,...
Wildfire : a novel
Philbrick, W. R. (W. Rodman)
The hero two doors down : based on the true story of friendship between a boy and a baseball legend
Robinson, Sharon 1950-
Root magic
Royce, Eden
"A poignant, necessary entry into the children's literary canon, Root Magic brings to life the history and culture of Gullah people while highlighting the timeless plight of Black Americans. Add in a fun, magical adventure and you get everything I want in a book!" --Justina Ireland, New York...
Walls within walls
Sherry, Maureen
After their father, a video-game inventor, strikes it rich, the Smithfork kids move from their cozy Brooklyn neighborhood to a swanky apartment on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. One day Brid, CJ, and Patrick discover an astonishing secret about their apartment. The original owner,...
The elephant in the room
Sloan, Holly Goldberg 1958-
From the New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s comes a heartfelt story about "the importance of compassion and bravery when facing life's challenges" (Kirkus) for fans of The One and Only Ivan and Front Desk. It's been almost...
Westerfeld, Scott
A race for survival from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Uglies!This harrowing tale of supernatural suspense kicks off a new series from the visionary mind of #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld.When a plane crash-lands in the arctic, eight...

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