Battle of the Books

  • Battle of the Books:


    During the 2016-2017 school year we will have a Visalia Unified Middle School competition for Battle of the Books for the following list of 10 books.  We will also have fun activities throughout the year.  The Competition will be hosted here at La Joya. 


    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne


    Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "OutWith" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.







    Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London


    A biography of Charles Dickens, discussing how his father's debts forced him to   go to work in a shoe polish factory, and looking at how his observations of the poor led him to write novels with an eye toward bringing attention to the plight of London's destitute children.




    The Sisters Grimm : The Fairytale Detectives by Michael Buckley


    Their ancestors wrote history books not fairy tales as orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm soon discover after arriving in Ferryport Landing, home to "Everafters" like Sheriff Hamstead, a now not so little pig.  The sisters encounter Jack of Beanstalk fame who's intent on reliving his glory days as a giant killer.







    The Giver by Lois Lowry


    Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. 









     Hatchet by Gary Paulsen


    After a plane crash, thirteen year old Brian spends fifty four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.









    The Isle of the Lost : A Descendants Novel


     Imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost, the teenaged children of Disney's most evil villains search for a dragon's eye the key to true darkness and the villains' only hope of  escape.






    The Kane Chronicles : The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan                                               

    Brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane accidentally unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes the doctor to oblivion and forces his two children to embark on a dangerous journey, bringing them closer to the truth about their  family and its links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.


    Stolen Children by Peg Kehret                                                                                    

    Amy, babysitting for little Kendra, must use her wits to save herself and the child after they are  kidnapped by two thugs who are demanding money from Kendra's wealthy parents in exchange for the lives of the girls.






    The War that Saved by Life by Kimberly Bradley                                                     

    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.