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Battle of the Books . 2013-14. Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn. Thirteen-year-old Ali, vacationing with her aunt and cousin at a secluded family cottage, is drawn by family tension and a bratty visitor to investigate the events of a long-ago summer that had a tragic ending.

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deep and dark and dangerous by mary downing hahn
Deep and Dark and Dangerousby Mary Downing Hahn
  • Thirteen-year-old Ali, vacationing with her aunt and cousin at a secluded family cottage, is drawn by family tension and a bratty visitor to investigate the events of a long-ago summer that had a tragic ending.

1:45 min. trailer

bud not buddy by christopher paul curtis
Bud, Not Buddyby Christopher Paul Curtis
  • It's the Depression, and Bud is ten and has been in and out of the Flint, Michigan, children's home and foster homes since his mother died. After a particularly terrible evening with his latest foster family, Bud decides to take off and find the man he believes is his father, bandleader Herman E. Calloway.

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dragonet prophecy by tui sutherland
Dragonet Prophecyby Tui Sutherland
  • Five young dragons have been raised under guard by a group of rebel adults; the dragonets are destined to fulfill a prophecy to end the war among dragon tribes. Immediately upon escaping their captivity they are pursued by a wicked dragon queen. Book 1 in the Wings of Fire series (book 4 was just released).

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fever 1793 by laurie halse anderson
Fever, 1793by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Yellow fever is sweeping through Philadelphia, and for young Mattie, the epidemic begins with the sudden death of a friend. Mattie flees the city with her grandfather, but soon discovers the disease is everywhere.

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fablehaven by brandon mull
Fablehavenby Brandon Mull

Where have all the fairies gone? …to Fablehaven, a preserve for magical creatures. Kendra and her brother Seth think they are in for a boring vacation at their grandparents. However, when Grandpa warns them NOT to go into the woods, of course, they do; only to discover magic, mystery, and danger!

There are 5 books in this fantasy series.

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out of my mind by sharon draper
Out of My Mindby Sharon Draper
  • Narrator Melody is a fifth grader with cerebral palsy. She's brilliant, but few people realize just how brilliant until she receives "Elvira," her Medi-Talker computer. Draper paints the picture of a real girl--with tantrums and attitude, problems with mean girls and oafish adults.

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poppy by avi
Poppyby Avi
  • This story of bravery, persistence, and an overthrown tyrant features the heroine Poppy -- a small deer mouse -- and the evil Mr. Ocax, a great horned owl, who protects Poppy and her family provided they don't leave their territory without his permission.
  • There are 6 books in the “Tales From Dimwood Forest” series

Listen to the author read from Poppy,

Track 5

how to steal a dog by barbara o connor
How to Steal a Dogby Barbara O’Connor
  • After Georgina's father leaves, her family struggles with poverty and homelessness. Desperate, Georgina convinces herself that stealing a dog to collect reward money is the answer. Will she do it, or do her morals stop her?

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peak by roland smith
Peakby Roland Smith
  • Peak is a natural-born climber. After being apprehended atop the Woolworth Building, he's rescued from juvenile detention by his estranged father, who pushes Peak to be the youngest to summit Everest.

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wild life by cynthia defelice
Wild Lifeby Cynthia DeFelice
  • After getting his hunting license, Erik looks forward to tramping through pheasant fields with his best friend. But when his parents are deployed to Iraq, Erik is sent to his grandparents' farm. After his obstinate grandfather threatens the dog Erik rescues, boy and hound escape to the vast North Dakota fields.

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bob details
BOB Details
  • meet Mondays from 2:30-3:30 in the library
  • 9 meetings (you cannot miss more than 2)
  • read 5 of the 10 books to participate in the school battle
  • writequestions about each book read
  • permission slip due to Ms. Abrahams by Fri., Dec. 6.
  • first meeting Mon., Dec. 16

Images of book covers from Destiny, our online catalog.

Book summaries from Book Wizard on,, School Library Journal and Booklist.

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