Battle of the Books βš”οΈπŸ“–βš”οΈ

A message from Ms. Stein: π˜Ύπ™Šπ™‰π™‚π™π˜Όπ™π™π™‡π˜Όπ™π™„π™Šπ™‰π™Ž to all who "competed" today. I am so impressed! During the battle, you all exhibited are excellent "sportsmanship" and knowledge of the books. Certificates and more information will be forthcoming. Go to this link to see all who participated in our competition on March 5th, 2021!

NJ STATE

BOTB

2020-2021

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The Books (2020-2021)

Do you like to compete? Do you like to read? If you answered yes to either question, join JP’s BOTB! Through this national program, student teams β€œbattle” each other and the teams of the other schools to become experts on a set of seven books listed below.

Classroom Code: auc4jpl

Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception

Maggie Stievfvater

Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand―one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.

How Many Letters in Goodbye?

Yvonne Cassidy

Seventeen-year-old Rhea Farrell has scars from a childhood accident in which she lost her arm. But she also carries scars that aren’t so visible― the loss of a mother she hardly remembers, the impact of her father’s drinking, and her confusion and pain around accepting her sexuality. Rhea’s journey on the streets of New York brings her deeper into her mother’s past, where she uncovers buried family secrets. And as she finds out more about the woman her mother truly was, Rhea also discovers just what kind of woman she wants to be.

From Above

Norah McClintock

When a football player from Riley Donovan's school falls to his death from the top of a recreation center, a hunch makes her wonder if he was pushed. But who would do such a thing, and why? Riley’s detective aunt tells Riley to leave it alone, but that's not in Riley’s nature. When her friend Charlie is accused of the murder, Riley is determined to clear his name, even if it means confronting vicious junkyard dogs, forming an alliance with an old enemy, and putting her own life in danger.

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Gabe has a secret. He is really Liz. Born a female, he is cautiously beginning his transition to male. Only his parents and his lifelong best friend, Paige, know. But when a girl at school, where he is callously called β€œthat lesbo chick,” discovers the truth and outs Gabe, things become difficult, if not downright dangerous. In the meantime, Gabe is a part-time DJ on the local community radio station, where his show, β€œBeautiful Music for Ugly Children,” is fast becoming an underground hit. Will his fans reject him when they, too, discover the truth?

Breakdown (The Atlas of Cursed Places)

Kathyrn J. Beherns

Maddy's detective mother vanishes while investigating a mysterious disappearance near Pike's Cave. Legend has it that the cave is inhabited by an evil spirit with the power to possess people. Are both disappearances tied to the cave? According to The Atlas of Cursed Places, Maddy and her boyfriend are running out of time to save her mother from the dark power that lurks there.

At the Center

Patrick Jones

Cody's basketball team, The Rebels, has an almost perfect record, thanks to the skills of his best friend Jayson "Dominator" Davis. Jayson is new to the team and to the nearly all-white high school. Tension between the coach and Jayson has simmered since he transferred from the inner city. When Coach kicks Jayson off the team, more than the school's record is at stake. A school-wide dispute falls along racial lines, and Cody finds himself at the center. Can Cody step up his game where it really counts?

15 Days Without a Head

Dave Cousins

Meet Laurence, 15 years old and 6 feet tall. Very soon, he'll dress up as his mum and impersonate a dead man on the radio. Meet Jay, his 6 year old brother. He looks like an angel but thinks he's a dog. He'll sink his teeth into anyone who gets in the way. Today is Tuesday and the next 15 days will change the boys' lives forever.