Battle of the Books

Baseball Genius

by Tim Green and Derek Jeter

Jalen DeLuca loves baseball. Unfortunately, his dad can’t afford to keep him on the travel team. Jalen decides to take matters into his own hands, sneaks into the home of the New York Yankee’s star second baseman, James Yager, and steals a couple of balls from his personal batting cage. He knows that if he can sell them, he’ll be able to keep himself on the team. When Yager catches him, Jalen uses his ability to predict exactly what a pitcher is going to do with his next pitch to make deal – Jalen will help Yager out of his batting slump and Yager won’t press charges. When Jalen begins to suspect that the team’s general manager has his own agenda, however, he realizes he will need to use his unusual talent to not only save Yager’s career, but his own good name.


by Kwame Alexander

Soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage in this novel in verse as twelve-year-old Nick wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.


by Marissa Meyer

Nora Tucker is looking forward to summer vacation in Wolf Creek - two months of swimming, popsicles, and brushing up on her journalism skills for the school paper. However, when two inmates break out of the town's maximum security prison, everything changes.


by Marissa Meyer

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. When her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

by Tony Cliff

Lovable ne'er-do-well Delilah Dirk is an adventurer for the 19th century. She has traveled to Japan, Indonesia, France, and even the New World. Using the acrobatic, survival, and fighting skills she's picked up on the way, Delilah races from one adventure to the next.

Greetings from Witness Protection

by Jake Burt

The marshals are looking for the perfect girl to join a mother, father, and son on the run from the nation’s most notorious criminals. After all, the bad guys are searching for a family with one kid, not two, and adding a streetwise girl who knows a little something about hiding things may be just what the marshals need.

Halfway Normal

by Barbra Dee

Norah Levy has just completed two years of treatment for leukemia and is ready to go back to the real world of middle school. She knows it will be tricky, but like the Greek mythological characters she read about while she was sick, Norah is up for the herculean challenge.

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

by Dusti Bowling

Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. When her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven unexpectedly stumbles upon a mystery. Will she be able to overcome her insecurities, help a new friend, and solve the mystery?

Iron Trial

by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail. All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only result in dire consequences.

Murder on the Orient Express

by Agatha Christie

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Without a shred of doubt, one of his fellow passengers is the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again.

Notorious RBG (YA Ed.) The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

by Irin Carmon

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become an icon to millions. This biography details her tireless fight for equality and women’s rights, which changed the workplace for women as well as the nation’s legal landscape.

Prisoner B-3087

by Alan Gratz

As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis. Everything he has and everyone he loves are snatched brutally from him. When Yanek himself is taken prisoner - his arm tattooed with the words PRISONER B-3087 - he is forced from one nightmarish concentration camp to another. Will he survive as World War II rages all around him?


by Gordon Korman

Chase doesn't remember falling off the roof. He doesn't remember hitting his head. He doesn't, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name. When he returns to school, he discovers the old Chase was feared and disliked by most of his classmates. Will he choose to be a bully again, or will he take the opportunity to remake himself?


by Marcus Sedgwick

In an isolated cabin, fourteen-year-old Sig is alone with a corpse: his father, who has fallen through the ice and frozen to death only hours earlier. Then comes a stranger claiming that Sig's father owes him a share of a horde of stolen gold. Sig's only protection is a loaded Colt revolver hidden in the cabin's storeroom. The question is, will Sig use the gun, and why?

Scar Island

by Dan Gemeinhart

Jonathan Grisby is the newest arrival at the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys, an ancient, crumbling fortress of gray stone rising up from the ocean. It is dark, damp, and dismal, and it is just the place Jonathan figures he deserves. Just as he's getting used to his new situation, however, a freak accident leaves the troubled boys of Slabhenge without any adult supervision.


by Neal Shusterman

Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in a world with no hunger, no disease, no war, and no misery; humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Silver People

by Margarita Engle

In 1914, the world celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal, which connected the world’s two largest oceans and signaled America’s emergence as a global superpower. Told in verse from multiple perspectives, this novel describes the monumental task of creating a path of water where a mountain once stood and the lives that undertaking impacted.

The Prince and the Dressmaker

by Jen Wang

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked & Found

by Martin W. Sandler

The 1650s to the 1730s marked the golden age of piracy, when fearsome pirates like Blackbeard ruled the waves, seeking not only treasure but also large and fast ships to carry it. This is the exciting true story of the captaincy, wreck, and discovery of the Whydah — the only pirate ship ever found — and the incredible mysteries it revealed.

Walk on Earth: A Stranger

by Rae Carson

A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush–era America.

Book summaries were found on Amazon.