There’s a classic battle shaping up! The Battle of the Books, a team competition for teen patrons of the Abington Community Library and other Lackawanna County Library System member libraries, will take place Thursday, Aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at The Mall at Steamtown’s Center Court. Register now to become a team member. Teams will consist of 3 – 5 members, with two competition levels: a 7th – 9th Grade Level and a 10th – 12th Grade Level.
It’s a unique chance to compete for prizes while answering questions designed to demonstrate knowledge of selected books. Contact Sandra Longo, Young Adult Librarian, to register. Below is a selection of titles that were chosen to be read for the Battle of the Books. They can be put on hold at the library. Books may be divided up among team members.
7th – 9th Grade Titles
“City of Bones” – by Cassandra Clare. Suddenly able to see demons and the Shadowhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, 15-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary is herself almost killed by a monster.
“Trackers” – by Patrick Carman. Meet the Trackers: Adam is the brain behind the Trackers —- he’s also the one who got them into this mess;
Lewis is the cautious one, but it’s easy to forget who’s the predator and who’s the prey; Emily, who has nerves of steel, is never fazed by anything, except what’s happening now; Finn, who pushes everything he does to the limit, may find that this time the stakes are too high.
“The Running Dream” – by Wendelin Van Draanan. When a school bus accident leaves 16-yeaer-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb, and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.
10th – 12th Grade Titles
“Beautiful Creatures” – by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, 16-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret.
“If I Stay” – by Gayle Forman. While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parent s and younger brother, 17-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.
“The Fault in Our Stars” – by John Green. Medical miracles have given Hazel a few more years, but she knows she has never been anything but terminal. When Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, her story takes a new twist. Will it be completely rewritten?