Elementary Battle of the Books 2022-2023

Updated October 19, 2022
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Clean getaway
Stone, Nic
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone comes a timely middle-grade road-trip story through landmarks of the Civil Rights movement and the map they lay for contemporary race relations. How to Go on an Unplanned Road Trip with Your Grandma: Grab a...
Applegate, Katherine
In her first novel since The One and Only Ivan, winner of the Newbery Medal, Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience. Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There's no more money for rent. And...
Fish in a tree
Hunt, Lynda Mullaly
"Fans of R.J. Palacio'sWonderwill appreciate this feel-good story of friendship and unconventional smarts." -Kirkus Reviews 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...
Front desk
Yang, Kelly
Four starred reviews and over ten best-of-year lists!* "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewWinner of the Asian / Pacific American Award for Children's Literature!* "Many readers will recognize themselves or their...
The key to extraordinary
Lloyd, Natalie
The last last-day-of-summer
Giles, Lamar 1979-
"The Last Last-Day-of-Summer reminds me that all children deserve to exist in magical spaces where their imaginations and familial bonds will them into heroism. Every single child should have the freedom to be one of The Legendary Alstons. And I, for one, am grateful to Giles, and this brilliant...
The last musketeer
Gibbs, Stuart 1969-
The first book in the thrilling time travel adventure trilogy from New York Times bestselling Charlie Thorne and Spy School author Stuart Gibbs--now with a brand-new look! Before they were legends, they were friends. All for one and one for all! On a family trip to...
The League of Seven
Gratz, Alan 1972-
The League of Seven is the first book in an action-packed, steampunk series by the acclaimed author ofSamurai Shortstop, Alan Gratz. In an alternate 1875 America electricity is forbidden, Native Americans and Yankees are united, and eldritch evil lurks in the shadows. Young...
The mostly true adventures of Homer P. Figg
Philbrick, W. R. (W. Rodman)
A Newbery Honor Book, this warm, funny, & heart-wrenching Civil War novel introduces readers to the Battle of Gettysburg & "Little Round Top," one of the most famous feats of bravery in U.S. history!In this emotive Newbery Honor-winning page-turner, 12 year-old orphan Homer runs away from Pine...
A nest for Celeste : a story about art, inspiration, and the meaning of home
Cole, Henry 1955-
A fanciful history lesson for middle graders, featuring a charming mouse named Celeste. Celeste is a mouse who is looking for a home. Is it nestled in the toe of a warm boot In the shirt pocket of Celeste's new friend Joseph Or is home the place deep inside Celeste's heart,...
A place at the table
Faruqi, Saadia
A timely, accessible, and beautifully written story exploring themes of food, friendship, family and what it means to belong, featuring sixth graders Sara, a Pakistani American, and Elizabeth, a white, Jewish girl taking a South Asian cooking class taught by Sara's mom. Sixth graders Sara...
Sal & Gabi break the universe
Hernandez, Carlos Alberto
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents a brilliant sci-fi romp with Cuban influence by Carlos Hernandez, winner of the 2020 Pura Belpré Award. "I love this book in every possible universe! With a surprise on every page and two of the most cosmically awesome, vividly unique...
Smack dab in the middle of maybe
Hackl, Jo
11 days. 13 clues. And one kid who won't give up. Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe is "part treasure hunt, part wilderness adventure, and all heart" (Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of Refugee). How far would you go to find something that might...
Stand up, Yumi Chung!
Kim, Jessica 1980-
One lie snowballs into a full-blown double life in this irresistible story about an aspiring stand-up comedian. On the outside, Yumi Chung suffers from #shygirlproblems, a perm-gone-wrong, and kids calling her "Yu-MEAT" because she smells like her family's Korean barbecue...

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