Battle of the Books 2017: 7th & 8th Grade Booklist

7th & 8th Grade Battle
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
CLP – East Liberty | CLP – Squirrel Hill | CLP – West End
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Six of Crows

Kaz Brekker, a criminal mastermind, is offered the chance at a deadly heist. He assembles a rag-tag team, consisting of a convict, a sharpshooter, a runaway, a spy, a heartrender, and a thief, to rescue a prisoner from the most secure prison in the world. These skilled misfits need to work together–and not kill each other–if they want to survive this high-stakes mission.

Ender's Game

A brilliant young boy and his fellow students at Battle School are being tested and trained to determine whether they possess the abilities to remake the world — if the world survives an all-out war with an alien enemy.

I Am Number Four

In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years. Waiting to develop powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members to fight those who destroyed their home planet.

The Young Elites

Adelina survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities.

Throne of Glass

Magic is no longer of this world, and a vicious king rules the land from his castle of glass. Celaena Sardothien is an assassin who has a chance at freedom from her sentence of hard labor if she acts as the Crown Prince’s champion in a fierce competition to find a new royal assassin. But soon competitors start mysteriously dying one by one, and Celaena must root out the source of evil before she too becomes a victim.

A Monster Calls

Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill–an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

Goodbye Stranger

As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with her best friends, curvacious Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend–or more than friend–Sherm, she finds the answer she has been seeking since she barely survived an accident at age eight: “What is my purpose?”


In an alternate 1914 Europe, a fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince – on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery – forms an uneasy alliance with a British Air Service midshipman who has secret.

After Tupac and D Foster

In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur’s music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.