Battle of the Books 2020: 9th through 12th grade booklist

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9th – 12th Grade Battle
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

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With the Fire on High

Teen mother Emoni Santiago struggles with the challenges of finishing high school and her dream of working as a chef.

The Gilded Wolves

Séverin Montagnet-Alarie never thought he’d have a chance to reclaim his magical inheritance back from the ruling families that direct the Order of Babel. But as the Exposition Universelle of 1889 is coming to Paris, certain ancient artifacts have come to light, throwing the balance of magic off. Séverin and his band of magical outcasts must find out what is happening in order to redeem themselves.

Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

How far can humans go to be more perfect and retain their humanity? How does humanity taint the pursuit of perfection? Six stories explore a future where people can be anything they want to and the horror that can bring.

Give Me Some Truth

Carson and Maggi, two teens living on the Tuscarora Nation reservation, spend their senior year figuring out what art they want to make, who they want to love and what is worth protesting.

The Tombs of Atuan

Arha, new high priestess of the Powers of the Earth and guardian of the Tombs of Atuan, was formerly a girl named Tenar. But now her purpose in life is to protect the treasures in the Tombs. A wizard named Ged threatens the treasure, but also brings new information to Tenar about the outside world.

The Soul of an Octopus

A writer and naturalist discovers that it’s possible to befriend an octopus, and spends years visiting the octopus inhabitants at her local aquarium, and going around the world to learn more about these deeply intelligent and fascinating animals.

Dear Martin

Teen Justyce McAllister struggles with trying to live life through the lens of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s teachings, writings and philosophy and grapples with Dr. King’s stand on race relations and his 21st century existence.

It's Not Like It's a Secret

Sana Kiyohara tells the truth to herself, which is easy, as long as it stays secret. When she moves to California she finds that it’s getting harder and harder to keep secrets from the people she cares about and she may have to start living her truth.

Stay Sweet

Seventeen-year-old Amelia has looked forward to her last summer before college working at the Meade Creamery, but when the owner of the local landmark passes away her nephew has big changes in mind.