Battle of the Books

GMS 2017-18

Consider joining the Battle of the Books! You’ll get to choose from a list of 20 great books and discuss the books over lunch with friends and a library supervisor during your lunch hour once a week. If you like, you can choose to take part in the final online state competition sponsored by WEMTA (Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association) during the week of February 24, 2018. You also may also visit the WEMTA site at: .

“The statewide Battle of the Books program is designed to promote a love of reading among our students. It encourages students to read a variety of books and remember information about the plots, characters, and settings of the books. Every question asked in a battle is answered by the title and author of the book and takes the form of: Name the book in which a horse and a boy are stranded on an island. It is a fun, academic-based competition that has been very successful in school districts throughout the state in encouraging students to read.”

When: Wednesdays during lunch hours, Nov. 15, 2017-Feb. 24, 2018

Where: GMS Library/Media Center

Advisors: Ms. Jennifer Motl, Library Media Center Supervisor, and Mrs. Robin Anderson, Instructional Library Media and Technology Specialist, with student and teacher support.

If you have any questions or concerns about the books, please contact Robin Anderson 414-281-3430.

Please have your parent print, sign and return a permission slip (hard copies also available in the GMS library) to bring to the first meeting if you plan on participating in the Battle of the Books Club.

Thank you,

Greenfield Middle School Learning Commons

GMS Battle of the Books List for 2017-2018

Short book summaries from—For more info available at GMS Library.

  1. Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs: Twelve-year-old Teddy investigates when a popular Texas zoo's star attraction--Henry the hippopotamus--is murdered.
  2. The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose: Tells the story of a group of boy resistance fighters in Denmark after the Nazi invasion during World War II.
  3. Drowned City by Don Brown: A graphic novel account of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in November of 2005, when the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, and surrounding areas were flooded and more than fourteen hundred people lost their lives.
  4. Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick: Max, a large eighth-grader with a learning disability, becomes friends with Freak, an intelligent boy who is physically impaired.
  5. The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (GA Middle Nom): "After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. He must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favor"
  6. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (Newbery Honor): In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
  7. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke: Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father Mo, a bookbinder, can "read" fictional characters to life when an evil ruler named Capricorn, freed from the novel "Inkheart" years earlier, tries to force Mo to release an immortal monster from the story.
  8. A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck (Newbery Honor): A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.
  9. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: Sixteen-year-old Jacob, having traveled to a remote island after a family tragedy, discovers an abandoned orphanage, and, after some investigating, he learns the children who lived there may have been dangerous and quarantined and may also still be alive.
  10. Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson: Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she is very sick and won't be able to finish the school year, and Topher, Brand and Steve come up with a plan to tell her how much she means to them.
  11. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart: After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
  12. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier (GA Middle Nominee): Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.
  13. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson (Newbery Honor) In the late 1860s in the Texas hill country, a big yellow dog and a fourteen-year-old boy form a close, loving relationship.
  14. One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi: "Obayda's family is in need of some good fortune. Her father lost one of his legs in a bomb explosion, forcing the family to move from their home city of Kabul to a small village, where life is very different and Obayda's father almost never leaves his room. One day, Obayda's aunt has an idea to bring the family luck--dress Obayda, the youngest of her sisters, as a boy, a bacha posh. Obayda is Obayd. Life in this in-between place is confusing, but once Obayda meets another bacha posh, everything changes.”
  15. Peak by Roland Smith: A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.
  16. Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff (Newbery Honor): A troublesome twelve-year-old orphan, staying with an elderly artist who needs her, remembers the only other time she was happy in a foster home, with a family that truly seemed to care about her.
  17. Savvy by Ingrid Law (Newbery Honor): Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy"--a magical power unique to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.
  18. Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper: When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.
  19. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk (Newbery Honor): Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what's right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran.
  20. A Year in the Life of a Complete and Total Genius by Stacey Matson: Arthur A. Bean, junior high student and self-proclaimed genius, is determined to win the story-writing contest and become a famous writer.

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