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On May 5th, 2020, students in grades 5-8 at Roland Park Country School and Lillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School will have the opportunity to participate in the Battle of the Books at RPCS. The Battle of the Books is a reading incentive event featuring trivia and other fun activities about recent middle grade books. Students who choose to participate will read at least five of the titles from the Battle of the Books list below and write two questions for each book they finish. Students will share their questions with their librarian or Battle of the Books advisors.
Amina's Voice by
Publication Date: 2018-05-01
"A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community."
Front Desk by
Publication Date: 2019-06-25
Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (who was an engineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers and other recent immigrants--not to mention being only one of two Chinese in her fifth grade class, the other being Mr. Yao's son, Jason.
Full Cicada Moon by
Publication Date: 2015-09-08
In 1969 twelve-year-old Mimi and her family move to an all-white town in Vermont, where Mimi's multi-racial background and interest in "boyish" topics like astronomy make her feel like an outsider.
The Jumbies by
Publication Date: 2015-04-28
Eleven-year-old Corinne must call on her courage and an ancient magic to stop an evil spirit and save her island home.
Marley Dias Gets It Done by
Publication Date: 2018-01-30
In this accessible "keep-it-real" guide, Marley explores activism, social justice, volunteerism, equity and inclusion, and using social media for good. Drawing from her experience, Marley shows kids how they can galvanize their strengths to make positive changes in their communities, while getting support from parents, teachers, and friends to turn dreams into reality.
New Kid by
Publication Date: 2019-02-05
Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?
The Other Half of My Heart by
Publication Date: 2011-06-14
Twin daughters of interracial parents, eleven-year-olds Keira and Minna have very different skin tones and personalities, but it is not until their African American grandmother enters them in the Miss Black Pearl Pre-Teen competition in North Carolina that red-haired and pale-skinned Minna realizes what life in their small town in the Pacific Northwest has been like for her more outgoing, darker-skinned sister.
Other Words for Home by
Publication Date: 2019-05-28
Sent with her mother to the safety of a relative's home in Cincinnati when her Syrian hometown is overshadowed by violence, Jude worries for the family members who were left behind as she adjusts to a new life with unexpected surprises.
Reaching for the Moon by
Publication Date: 2019-07-02
(Available in SORA) The author shares her life excelling in math as a young girl and her eventual career as a NASA mathematician. Explores her work on the Apollo 11 mission.
Sanity and Tallulah by
Publication Date: 2018-10-16
"Sanity and Tallulah live in a space station at the end of the galaxy. When Sanity's illegally created three-headed kitten escapes, the girls have to turn their home upside down to find her in this graphic novel"--Provided by publisher.
Schomburg: the Man Who Built a Library by
Publication Date: 2019-08-06
In luminous paintings and arresting poems, two of children’s literature’s top African-American scholars track Arturo Schomburg’s quest to correct history.
Skeleton Man by
Publication Date: 2003-08-05
A chilling middle grade novel featuring a brave young girl, missing parents, and a terrifying stranger, based on a Native American legend.
Wangari Maathai by
Publication Date: 2015-01-06
Tells the story of environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai.
Publication Date: 2011-09-13
Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's in pictures.
Zoe in Wonderland by
Publication Date: 2016-08-16
Introverted, daydream-prone Zoe is afraid her real life will never be as exciting as her imaginary one.