MS Book Battle

The Battle is coming to Lift for Life Academy this spring. To be ready for it, team up with your friends to read as many of the books on the Book Battle list below as you can, so that you will be the most knowledgeable to answer the trivia questions and win prizes!

Middle School Book Battle: Students in grades 6-8 will compete in the middle school challenge here at LFLA based on the 20 books on the MS Book Battle List. There will also be a chance to win a spot to represent LFLA at the area-wide Book Battle Challenge against other St. Louis middle school teams. Watch the playlist of videos for these books: Part 1 and Part 2 coming soon.

Aveyard, Victoria Red Queen In a world divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities–seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons.
Barnes, Jennifer The Fixer When her grandfather develops dementia, sixteen-year-old Tess, who has been keeping his Montana ranch going, is whisked away to Washington, D.C., by a sister she barely knows and thrown into a world of politics, power, wealth, love triangles, and family secrets.
Beatty, Robert Serafina and the Black Cloak In 1899, a twelve-year-old rat catcher on North Carolina’s Biltmore estate teams up with the estate owner’s young nephew to battle a great evil and, in the process, unlocks the puzzle of her past.
Bradley, Kimberly The War that Saved My Life A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.
Cameron, Sharon The Forgetting Canaan is a quiet city, but every twelve years the town breaks out in a chaos of bloody violence, after which all the people undergo the Forgetting, in which they are left without any trace of memory of themselves, their families, or their lives–but somehow seventeen-year-old Nadia has never forgotten, and she is determined to find out what causes it and how to put a stop to The Forgetting forever.
Carter, Ally All Fall Down There are many powerful people along Embassy Row who want Grace to block out all her unpretty thoughts. But Grace will not stop until she finds out who killed her mother and makes the killer pay.
Dunn, Pintip Forget Tomorrow On Callie’s seventeenth birthday, she receives her vision of the future–a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. But Callie’s vision shows her murdering her younger sister, and she is arrested and sent to a prison for those destined to break the law.
Durango, Julia The Leveller Nixy Bauer, a sixteen-year-old self-made video-game bounty hunter, gets in over her head when she attempts to rescue a game developer’s son from a virtual trap
Gemeinhart, Dan The Honest Truth A boy named Mark, tired of being sick with cancer, conceives a plan to climb Mount Rainier, and runs away from home with his dog, Beau–but with over two hundred miles between him and his goal, and only anger at his situation to drive him on, nothing will be easy, and only his best friend, Jessie, suspects where he is heading.
Gonzalez, Christina The Red Umbrella In 1961 after Castro has come to power in Cuba, fourteen-year-old Lucia and her seven-year-old brother are sent to the United States when her parents, who are not in favor of the new regime, fear that the children will be taken away from them as others have been.
Gratz, Alan Code of Honor When Iranian-American Kamran Smith learns that his big brother, Darius, has been labelled a terrorist, he sets out to piece together the codes and clues that will save his brother’s life and his country from a deadly terrorist attack.
Holt, KA House Arrest Timothy, sentenced to house arrest for stealing, keeps a journal into which he documents his fears and frustrations.
Nielsen, Jennifer A Night Divided When the Berlin Wall went up, Gerta, her mother, and her brother Fritz were trapped on the eastern side where they were living, while her father, and her other brother Dominic were in the West–four years later, now twelve, Gerta sees her father on a viewing platform on the western side and realizes he wants her to risk her life trying to tunnel to freedom.
Pearce, Jackson The Doublecross Overweight and non-athletic, twelve-year-old Hale may have been born and raised to be a spy for the Sub Rosa Society but it seems he is unlikely to become a Field Agent until his parents are captured by the evil League and Hale sets out on a solo mission to save them.
Pearson, Ridley The Initiation Two roommates are forced to work together to solve the mystery of a missing bible at their elite boarding school that unites hero and villian, twisting the plot of the story of Sherlock Holmes into a modern tale.
Peete, Holly Same but Different: Teen Life on the Austim Express Being a teen is hard enough. But when you have autism–or when your brother or sister is struggling with the condition–life can be challenging. In this powerful book, teenagers Ryan Elizabeth Peete and her twin brother, Rodney, who has autism, share their up-close-and-personal experiences on what it means to be a teen living with autism.
Reed, Jaime Keep Me in Mind Sixteen-year-old Ellia Dawson wakes up in the hospital with amnesia, unable to remember Liam McPherson, the boyfriend who insists that they are in love–Liam is devastated, and, desperate to reawaken her memories, begins to write the story of their relationship, convinced that it will somehow recreate their relationship.
Reynolds, Jason Ghost Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential
Scott, Kieran What Waits in the Woods A hiking trip in the woods in upstate New York is out of the comfort zone for sixteen-year-old city girl Callie Velasquez, but she wants to bond with her new friends Lissa and Penelope, not to mention her new boyfriend, Jeremy–however, nothing could have prepared her for the true human darkness that waits for her in the wood.
Woodson, Jacqueline Brown Girl Dreaming The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South

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