Battle of the Books 2019: 7th & 8th Grade Booklist

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7th & 8th Grade Battle
February 26th, 2019
CLP – East Liberty | CLP – Main | CLP – Squirrel Hill
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All Summer Long

Bina feels abandoned for the summer – her best friend Austin is at soccer camp and he’s not calling to check in. When she breaks out of her boredom through music and new friendship, Austin returns and starts acting strangely.

The Prince and the Dressmaker

In this historical fantasy tale set in Paris, Frances, a lowly seamstress, is unexpectedly recruited to be the dressmaker for the mysterious, rich and trendsetting Lady Crystallia. She soon finds out that Lady Crystallia is actually Prince Sebastian, whose secret life is the thing that makes him feel free from his life of social obligation. But nothing can stay a secret for long. Can their friendship survive the test of truth?


Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later, three children– Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California– find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.

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.


David “accidentally” spends $2000 on his mom’s credit card. Luckily, he’s really good at eating a large amount of food in a short amount of time, and the world’s greatest pizza-eating contest is coming up. If he can win it while also looking after his autistic little brother Mal, things will be okay.

Spirit Hunters

Harper doesn’t trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family’s new house is haunted. Harper isn’t sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely.

Lily and Dunkin

Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl–but being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Norbert Dorfman, nicknamed Dunkin Dorfman, is bipolar and has just moved from the town he’s called home for the past thirteen years; this would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret makes it even worse. One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change.

The Glass Town Game

The Brontë family – Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell – are very imaginative. So imaginative that their invented fantasy game becomes real and they are taken to it in a magical train ride. However, now that the game is real, so are the dangers.