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

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

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Drum Roll, Please

Melly only joined the school band because her best friend, Olivia, begged her to. But to her surprise, quiet Melly loves playing the drums. It’s the only time in her life she doesn’t feel like a mouse.Now she and Olivia are about to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway, jamming under the stars in the Michigan woods. But 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?

Not if I Save You First

Maddie and Logan have parents with high-stress jobs: the President of the United States and a Secret Service agent. After a kidnapping attempt, they are separated, until Logan shows up at Maddie’s door in Alaska, only to be taken away by mysterious attackers.

The Graveyard Book

Bod (short for Nobody) is alive, but his home is a graveyard, raised by ghosts and other supernatural entities. However, the killer he escaped as a toddler is still on the lookout for him.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Cells at Work! V.1

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.