Battle of the Books 2020: 7th & 8th Grade Booklist

7th & 8th Grade Battle
Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

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Drum Roll, Please

This summer brings big changes for Melly: her parents split up, her best friend ditches her, and Melly finds herself falling for a girl at camp named Adeline. To top it off, Melly’s not sure she has what it takes to be a real rock n’ roll drummer. Will she be able to make music from all the noise in her heart? You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

The Night Diary

When India separates and becomes two countries in 1947, twelve-year old Nisha and her family find themselves suddenly living in the newly created Pakistan. It is too dangerous for them to live there, being a Muslim and Hindu family, so they start out on a journey looking for a new home. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby.

Train I Ride

Traveling from California to Chicago after her mother dies of a drug overdose and her grandmother of lung cancer, thirteen-year-old Rydr meets other passengers on the train and attempts to accept her own situation. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby

Akata Witch

Sunny doesn’t fit in as a middle-schooler living in Africa but born in America, and an albino. Then she discovers that she has magical powers – and they can be used to catch a criminal using magic for nefarious ends.

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and eAudio on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.


Two children in a quiet Japanese neighborhood discover that their playground is haunted and get caught up with the mischievous and possibly dangerous spirit inhabiting it.

Ghost Boys

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes. Only the living can make the world better. Live and make it better. You can also check out this title as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby or as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Cells at Work!

A red blood cell delivers things that its body needs all day – even when things get scary with allergies and cuts to contend with. Luckily she has the heroic white blood cell to save the day and keep her from danger.