Battle Books

Returning Titles

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas. Unfortunately, Dorothy finds herself involved in the battle between the magical forces in Oz. First in a series.

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Last Kids on Earth book cover: four kids (3 boys, 1 girl) are armed with makeship weapons as a pack of zombies circle around themThe Last Kids on Earth by Max Brailler

After a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg. Book 1 in a series.

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Fuzzy Mud book cover: scence of the forest with what appears to be tendrils in the mudsFuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

Two middle-grade kids take a shortcut home from school and discover what looks like fuzzy mud but is actually a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the entire world.

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Ugly book cover: illustration of a handheld mirror with black scribbles across the glassUgly by Robert Hoge

The true story of a boy who was born with a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs, but he refused to let what made him different stand in the way of leading a happy, successful life.

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Kids Choice

The Watsons go to Birmingham- 1963 book cover: photographs of an african american family from the 1960s and old black car also shownThe Watsons' Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

The entries from the 2016-2017 participants are being sorted and counted. The title will be announced by summer.

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Additional Selections Chosen by Eisenhower Staff & Participating Schools Coaches

nine, ten book cover: a blue sky with 1 white plane shown flying. 3 kids on the ground belowNine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Relates how the lives of four children living in different parts of the country intersect and are affected by the events of September 11, 2001.

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El Deafo book cover: illustration of rabbit in a cape flyingEl Deafo by Cece Bell

Starting a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest. At her old school, everyone in Cece's class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends. Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere- she has a super power!

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Westly A Spider's Tale book coverL a spider coming out of a golden cacoonWestly: A Spider's Tale by Bryan Beus

Westly is as ready as his caterpillar friends to keep their beautiful territory free of lesser creatures as they await the day they turn into delicate butterflies, but when he finally emerges from his crysalis, he discovers he is vastly different from his friends.

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Dragon with a Chocolate Heart book cover: image of a purple dragon with wings spread and a girl in a purle dressThe Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

After drinking enchanted hot chocolate, a brave young dragon is transformed into a twelve-year-old human girl with a passion for chocolate.

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Raymie Nightingale book cover: a girl standing in the water up to her ankles.Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.

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Hello Universe book cover: kids walking a top of a cliffHello Universe by Erin Entreada Kelly

Lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.

Amina's Voice book cover: illustration of a girl with long brown hair, her eyes are closed, hands at her chestAmina's Voice by Hena Khan

A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community.

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Insiade out & Back Again book cover: silhouette of a girl with one hand on a treeInside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

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The Lion, the witch, and the wardrobe book cover: two girls, one with blond hair the other dark brown, hold onto the mane of a large golden lionThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

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Spirit Hunters book cover: a house with green cloud coming from the uppermost window and a girl beside a bicycle looking at itSpirit Hunters by Ellen Oh

Harper doesn't trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family's new house is haunted. Harper isn't sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. She knows that the memories she's blocking will help make sense of her brother's behavior and the strange and threatening sensations she feels in this house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?

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The Best Man book cover: a boy in a blue red and red high tops leans on the "M" in "Man"The Best Man by Richard Peck

Archer has four important role models in his life -- his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer's sixth-grade year becomes one he'll never forget.

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Ghosts book cover: illustrations of two girls look off the sideof teh bookGhosts by Raina Telgemeier

Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis. Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, but Maya sets her heart on meeting one.

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The Goldfish Boy book cover: sillouhette of a house with a boy looking out through lit windowThe Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

Emotionally crippled by his obsessive-compulsive disorder, teenager Matthew Corbin rarely leaves his room on a cul-de-sac in London, and he passes the day observing and writing down his neighbors doings from his window--but when a toddler staying next door disappears Matt is the key to solving a mystery and possibly saving a child's life...if he can manage to expose himself, and his secret guilt to the outside world.

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Save me a seat book cover: image of two cafeteria trays opposite each otherSave Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks

Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems--but when their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade they are brought together by a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and the need to take control of their lives.

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Horizon book cover: three kids runningHorizon by Scott Westerfeld

When Aero Horizon 16 crashes in the Arctic, eight children emerge from the wreckage to find themselves alone and surrounded, not by ice, but by a mysterious and deadly jungle full of carnivorous plants and predatory birds--the other five hundred people from the plane are gone, not necessarily dead, but taken by something that lives in the jungle.

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