Battle of the Books 2017: 9th – 12th Booklist

9th – 12th Grade Battle
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
CLP – East Liberty | CLP – Squirrel Hill | CLP – West End
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The Maze Runner

A Sixteen-year-old boy wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with his new community if he is to escape.

The Great American Whatever

An aspiring screenwriter copes with a family member’s death while his best friend forces him back out into the world to face his reality.


A small-town boy questions everything he holds to be true when his father is accused of murder. The rules of baseball, Braden’s favorite sport, are blurred in ways he never realized. The prospect of playing against the nephew of the police officer his father is accused of killing haunts his every pitch. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby or as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.


When the murals painted on the walls of her neighborhood start to change and fade in front of her, a girl realizes that something strange is going on—a secret about her Puerto Rican family lands her in a battle with an evil anthropologist, fighting for the lives of her family and friends.

Bone Gap

An eighteen-year-old outsider in a quiet Midwestern town is the only witness to the abduction of the town favorite, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

After landing a job working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, the new employee wonders what the store’s eccentric customers are really up to.

An Ember in the Ashes

Laia is living under the Martial Empire’s tyranny when her brother is arrested for aiding the Scholar Resistance. To save him, Laia agrees to spy for the rebels as a slave from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There she meets someone who has the same dream for freedom: Elias, the academy’s finest soldier.

Lies We Tell Ourselves

In 1959 Virginia, a black student who is one of the first to attend a newly integrated school, forces a white integration opponent’s daughter, to confront harsh truths when they work together on a school project.

Ms. Marvel. Vol. 1, No Normal

An ordinary girl from Jersey City is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts.

Boy Nobody

Sixteen-year-old Boy Nobody, an assassin controlled by a shadowy government organization, considers sabotaging his latest mission because his target reminds him of the normal life he craves.