The wait is over! We are thrilled to announce the books for the 2016-2017 season of Battle of the Books. All these books are available at Douglas County Libraries as Your Lucky Day books.
3rd & 4th Grade
The BFG by Roald Dahl
AR: 4.8, Lexile: 720, DRA: 50
Sophie discovers that giants not only exist, but that there are a great many of them who like swallomp nice little chiddlers. But not the Big Friendly Giant. He and Sophie cook up an ingenious plot to free the world of troggle-humping — forever.
The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
AR: 4.7, Lexile: 770, DRA: 30
In a laugh-out-loud hilarious twist on the legend of King Midas, a boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate. Can you ever have too much of your favorite food? John Midas is about to find out.
Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry
AR: 3.9, Lexile: 590, DRA: 30
From the moment Gooney Bird Greene arrives at Watertower Elementary School, her fellow second-graders are intrigued by her unique sense of style and her unusual lunches. So when story time arrives, the choice is unanimous: They want to hear about Gooney Bird Greene.
Just Juice by Karen Hesse
AR: 3.8, Lexile: 690, DRA: 40
Juice Faulstich would rather skip school and help her father in his workshop. But when the bank threatens to repossess her family’s home, Juice faces her first life-size problem and is determined to find a way out.
The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
AR: 4.1, Lexile: 630, DRA: 40
Evan Treski is people-smart. He’s good at talking with people. His younger sister, Jessie, is math-smart, but not especially good with people. So when the siblings’ lemonade stand war begins, there really is no telling who will win — or even if their fight will ever end.
May B.: A Novel by Caroline Starr Rose
AR: 4.3, Lexile: 680, DRA: 34
May is abandoned. Trapped in a tiny snow-covered sod house, isolated from family and neighbors, May must prepare for the oncoming winter. While fighting to survive, May’s memories of her struggles with reading at school come back to haunt her.
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
AR: 4.7, Lexile: 800, DRA: 50
This summer the Penderwick sisters have a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. They discover Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures. Mrs. Tifton isn’t pleased with the Penderwicks, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, they will — won’t they?
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
AR: 4.0, Lexile: 550, DRA: 38
Willy needs money to pay off 10 years’ back taxes or the farm will be taken away from them. He stakes everything on the hope that he and his dog can outrun the best dogsled racers in the country, including Stone Fox. The huge mountain man is as determined as Willy is to win the big prize money.
The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
AR: 3.9, Lexile: 570, DRA: 40
A Prince and a Pauper … Prince Brat and his whipping boy inadvertently trade places. They have nothing in common and don’t like each other. When they find themselves taken hostage after running away, they are left with no choice but to trust each other.
Will Allen and the Great Monster Detective by Jason Edwards
AR: 3.3, Lexile: 630, DRA: 34
Will’s fears have literally come to life. He is an academically advanced, 6th-grade boy looking for help when he is lead to the Great Monster Detective. With Bigelow’s help, along with the use of a very special flashlight and magnifying glass, Will must learn how to confront the monsters before they grow out of control.
5th & 6th Grade
A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor by Harry Mazer
AR: 3.0, Lexile: 530, DRA: 50
In the chaos of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a boy searches for his father who was on a ship that was bombed.
The Cay by Theodore Taylor
AR: 5.3, Lexile: 860, DRA: 50
Phillip is blinded after his freighter is torpedoed during WWII. He is left with an old West Indian, Timothy, and Stew Cat. Phillip remembers his mother’s warning about black people. But by the time the castaways arrive on a small island, Phillip’s injury has made him dependent on Timothy.
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
AR: 4.9, Lexile: 780, DRA: 50
After Chester lands in the Times Square subway station, he makes himself comfortable in a nearby newsstand. There, he has the good fortune to make three new friends: Mario, whose parents run the failing newsstand; Tucker, a fast-talking Broadway mouse; and Tucker’s sidekick, Harry the Cat. Somehow, they manage to bring a taste of success to the nearly bankrupt newsstand.
Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
AR: 5.0, Lexile: 780, DRA: 60
Crispin is in grave trouble. The steward of the manor reveals himself to be Crispin’s mortal enemy and declares the boy a “wolf’s-head,” meaning he is anyone’s prey. Clutching his only possession, a lead cross, Crispin flees his village and meets Bear, who becomes Crispin’s teacher, protector and liberator.
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
AR: 5.4, Lexile: 1070, DRA: 60
Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, just over the border from Detroit. When a former slave steals money from Elijah’s friend, who is saving to buy his family’s freedom, Elijah embarks on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of the thief.
Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
AR: 5.8, Lexile: 950, DRA: 50
Primrose’s parents have been lost at sea, but she believes they are still alive. Feeling lonely after moving in with her Uncle, her only real refuge is a local restaurant called The Girl on the Red Swing, where the owner serves everything on waffles — except advice and good sense, which come free of charge and are always reliable.
George Washington’s Socks by Elvira Woodruff
AR: 5.0, Lexile: 840, DRA: 50
In the midst of a backyard campout, 10-year-old Matt and four other children find themselves transported back into the time of George Washington and the American Revolution, where they begin to live out American history firsthand and learn the sober realities of war.
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
AR: 4.9, Lexile: 770, DRA: 60
Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her “Indian” blood, travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. As Sal entertains them with an outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold — the story of a girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
AR: 5.3, Lexile: 750, DRA: 50
When an eccentric millionaire dies mysteriously, 16 very unlikely people are gathered together for the reading of the will — and what a will it is.
Woodsong by Gary Paulsen
AR: 5.6, Lexile: 1090, DRA: 50
Gary Paulsen has flown off the back of a dogsled and down a frozen waterfall, and waited for a giant bear to seal his fate with one slap of a claw. He has led a team of sled dogs in an Iditarod — the grueling 1,180-mile dogsled race — hallucinating from lack of sleep, but determined to finish.