Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

The Battle of the Books is a Cooperstown tradition. Battle of the Books teams consist of four team members who read selected books on the list to prepare for the annual competition. Teams should be able to identify the correct title and author of the books based on the statement, quote, or question given by the judge. The winning local team then "battles" the winners from other districts at the annual competition on April 11, 2019 at the New York State Museum in Albany.

middle school 2020

Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August

Beastly Brains by Nancy Castaldo

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Harbor Me Jacqueline Woodson

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

It Wasn't Me by Dana Alison Levy

Just Mercy (adapted for young adults) by Bryan Stevenson

Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood

Lizzy Legend by Matthew Ross Smith

Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh

Rebound by Kwame Alexander

Storm Horse by Nick Garlick

Tin by Pádraig Kenny

Under Their Skin by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Wild Blues by Beth Kephart

High school 2020

All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich

Educated by Tara Westover

Fresh Ink edited by Lamar Giles

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

The Story of Seeds by Nancy Castaldo

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Middle School 2019

  • 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
  • All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
  • Bloody Jack by L A Meyer
  • Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa
  • Echo by Pamela Munoz Ryan
  • The Exact Location of Home by Kate Messner
  • Ghost Boys by Rhodes, Jewell Parker
  • The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki
  • Halfway Normal by Barbara Dee
  • Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
  • The List by Patricia Forde
  • Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • The Outcasts by John Flanagan
  • Outcasts United by Warren St. John
  • The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  • Thornhill by Pam Smy
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  • Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy

High School 2019

  • The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
  • Don't Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
  • The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Lee
  • Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King
  • Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kieran
  • Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
  • Mindblind by Jennifer Roy
  • One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • Quiet Power by Susan Cain
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
  • Simon vs. the Homo-Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Middle School 2018

  • All Rise for the Honorable Perry T Cook by Leslie Connor
  • Code Talkers by Joseph Bruchac
  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Hush by Jacqueline Woodson
  • I am Malala : How One Girl Stood up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai
  • Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
  • March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker
  • Samurai Rising by Pamela S. Turner
  • Soar by Joan Bauer
  • Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper
  • The 11th Plague by Jeff Hirsch
  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  • The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz
  • The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
  • The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
  • Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk


High School 2018

  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Audacity by Melanie Crowder
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto by Eric Luper
  • Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight
  • The Boys in the Boat by Brown, Daniel
  • The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Long Run by Joseph Bruchac
  • This is our Story by Ashley Elston
  • Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor


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