Battle of the Books – Booklist

I’m so excited to announce the books for our FIRST EVER Battle of the Books!

Okay, so the books aren’t really fighting it out to survive. Instead it will be YOU proving  just how much you know about the books to others. With help from the League of Extraordinary Teens, we’ve put together a list of books for people to read. During the actual Battle of the Books we will have a trivia show as well as some physical challenges inspired by the books.

More details to follow soon. But for now…here are the books (click on the cover to see more about the book and/or add your own reviews and comments):

Ten by Gretchen McNeilI'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill YouEnder's Game by Orson Scott Card

Revenge of the Witch by Joseph DelaneyUnwind by Neal Shusterman

Sneak peek-Books for guys

I stopped and started several different posts before I realized that I am probably incapable of having a complete thought today. So, since I’m trying to update some of booklists, I thought I’d give you a sneak peek of one of them. Below you’ll find some of the books I’m using to update our Books for guys list. Are we missing a book that you think should be on there? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Carter finally gets it by Brent Crawford Crawford, Brent. Carter finally gets it.
Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld Westerfeld, Scott. Leviathan.
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.
Little brother by Cory Doctorow Doctorow, Cory. Little brother.
Interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus is released into what is now a police state, and decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.
Peak by Roland Smith Smith, Roland. Peak.
A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.
Zen and the art of faking it by Jordan Sonnenblick Sonnenblick, Jordan. Zen and the art of faking it.
When thirteen-year-old San Lee moves to a new town and school for the umpteenth time, he is looking for a way to stand out. His knowledge of Zen Buddhism provides the answer–and the need to quickly become a convincing Zen master.
Malice by Chris Wooding Wooding, Chris. Malice.
Everyone’s heard the rumors. Call on Tall Jake and he’ll take you to Malice, a world that exists inside a horrifying comic book. A place most kids never leave. Seth and Kady think it’s all a silly myth, but then their friend disappears.
Why I fight by Adams J. Oaks Oaks, Adams J. Why I fight.
After his house burns down, twelve-year-old Wyatt Reaves takes off with his uncle, and the two of them drive from town to town for six years, earning money mostly by fighting, until Wyatt finally confronts his parents one last time.
The big field by Mike Lupica Lupica, Mike. The big field.
When fourteen-year-old baseball player Hutch feels threatened by the arrival of a new teammate named Darryl, he tries to work through his insecurities about both Darryl and his remote and silent father, who was once a great ballplayer too.
The hunger games by Suzanne Collins Collins, Suzanne. The hunger games.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen accidentally becomes a contender in the annual Hunger Games, a grave competition hosted by the Capitol where young boys and girls are pitted against one another in a televised fight to the death. Don’t forget to pick up the sequel–Catching fire!
Airman by Eoin Colfer Colfer, Eoin. Airman.
In the 1890s on an island off the Irish coast, Conor Broekhart is falsely imprisoned and passes the solitary months by scratching designs of flying machines into the walls, including one for a glider with which he dreams of escape.

Past and perfect girl

It’s only Tuesday and my brain is fried! The creative juices were barely dripping today so I decided to post a short list of books that take place back in the day. After glancing at the list, I realized that the main characters of all the books are girls! Obviously, this is not a bad thing so I decided to just go with it. I haven’t read all the books myself but they all intrigued me enough that they are worth giving a try. Have you read any of them? Let us know what you think!

The explosionist by Jenny Davidson
The explosionist by Jenny Davidson
In Scotland in the 1930s, fifteen-year-old Sophie, her friend Mikael, and her great-aunt Tabitha are caught up in a murder mystery involving terrorists and suicide-bombers whose plans have world-shaping consequences.
Copper sun by Sharon Draper Copper sun by Sharon Draper
Two fifteen-year-old girls–one a slave and the other an indentured servant–escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.
Newes from the dead by Mary Hooper
Newes from the dead by Mary Hooper
In 1650, while Robert, a young medical student, steels himself to assist with her dissection, twenty-two-year-old housemaid Anne Green recalls her life as she lies in her coffin, presumed dead after being hanged for murdering her child that was, in fact, stillborn.
Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates.
Soldier's secret by Sheila Solomon Klass
Soldier’s secret by Sheila Solomon Klass
During the Revolutionary War, a young woman named Deborah Sampson disguises herself as a man in order to serve in the Continental Army.

2010 Lone Star books, part 4

Potter, Ellen. Slob.
Picked on, overweight genius Owen tries to invent a television that can see the past to find out what happened the day his parents were killed.
Slob by Ellen Potter
Stead, Rebecca. When you reach me.
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, “The $20,000 Pyramid,” a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.
When you reach me by Rebecca Stead
Taylor, Greg. Killer pizza: a novel.
While working as summer employees in a local pizza parlor, three teenagers are recruited by an underground organization of monster hunters.
Killer pizza by Greg Taylor
Walker, Sally M. Written in bone: buried lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland.
Reports on the work of forensic scientists who are excavating grave sites in James Fort, in Jamestown, Virginia, to understand who lived in the Chesapeake Bay area in the 1600s and 1700s; and uncovers the lives of a teenage boy, a ship’s captain, a colonial officer, an African slave girl, and others.
Written in bone by Sally M. Walker
Williams, Suzanne Morgan. Bull rider.
When his older brother, a bull-riding champion, returns from the Iraq War partially paralyzed, fourteen-year-old Cam takes a break from skateboarding to enter a bull-riding contest, in hopes of winning the $15,000 prize and motivating his depressed brother to continue with his rehabilitation.
Bull rider by Suzanne Morgan Williams
Zielin, Lara. Donut days. not yet owned
Zink, Michelle. Prophecy of the sisters.
In late nineteenth-century New York state, wealthy sixteen-year-old twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe find that they are on opposite sides of an ancient prophecy that has destroyed their parents and seeks to do even more harm.
Prophecy of the sisters by Michelle Zink

2010 Lone Star books, part 3

Kantor, Melissa. Girlfriend material. not currently owned
Kelly, Jacqueline. The evolution of Calpurnia Tate.
In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.
The evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Korman, Gordon. Pop.
Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus Jordan becomes friends with a retired professional linebacker who is great at training him, but whose childish behavior keeps Marcus in hot water.
Pop by Gordon Korman
MacLean, Sarah. The season.
Showing no interest in the sumptuous balls, lavish dinner parties, and country weekends enjoyed by the rest of early nineteenth-century London society, seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford seeks adventure as she investigates the puzzling murder of the Earl of Blackmoor, father of devilishly handsome Gavin.
The season by Sarah Maclean
Morton-Shaw, Christine. The Hunt for the seventh.
Twelve-year-old Jim moves with his dad and sister to Minerva Hall where a ghostly voice urging him to “find the Seventh” draws him into a sort of macabre treasure hunt for clues to an ancient prophecy that threatens them all.
The seventh by Christine Morton-Shaw