Battle of the Books 2021: 6th Grade Booklist

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6th Grade Battle

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

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If you’re interested in audio or digital copies of the books, check them out on Hoopla and OverDrive with your library card, or ask your local library staff for help!

Class Act

Drew is having trouble living in two worlds: that of his prestigious private school, and the world of his home and old friends. It’s hard to be one of the few Black kids at Riverdale Academy, and his new friend Liam doesn’t quite understand that. You can also check out this title as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Dear America: The Story of an Undocumented Citizen (Young Reader's Edition)

Although Jose Antonio Vargas arrived in the United States from the Philippines when he was twelve, he didn’t realize he was sent there illegally until he was ready to get a learner’s permit. He continued to build his life, but the secret of his immigration status became a heavy burden, and he had to decide to tell his truth. This title is always available as eAudio on Hoopla.

Each Tiny Spark

Emilia’s dad is finally home from his military deployment, but things still aren’t back to normal. He spends all day in his auto shop even though her mom is away on business, and she struggles to keep up in school because of her ADHD. It’s in the auto shop that Emilia finds something to hold her interest – welding – and learning along with her dad starts a new healing process in Emilia and her family. You can also check out this title as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby and as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.

Game Changer

Teddy is in a coma from an injury sustained at football training camp. The story of the event is told through his friends and family, texts, newspaper articles, interview transcripts, an online forum, and Teddy’s inner thoughts. You can also check out this title as an eBook on Hoopla, as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby and as eAudio on Hoopla.

Lalani of the Distant Sea

The island of Sanlagita lies between a forbidding mountain and a foggy sea, isolating its inhabitants. Lalani Sarita stays at home with her mother, used to the rhythms of life there, until an illness strikes the family and she must brave a journey to Mount Isa to complete a dangerous quest that others have failed before her. You can also check out this title as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby, as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby and as eAudio on Hoopla.

Martin McLean, Middle School Queen

Mathletes is where Martin McLean feels comfortable. It’s where he has the answers and is sure of himself. That is, until his tío introduces Martin to drag – now, as Lottie León, Martin is braver than ever. Until it comes to anyone but his family knowing about his new hobby. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.