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Senior High School Battle of the Books List

For 2018

Brown, Daniel.  The Boys in the Boat. 

The Boys in the Boat describes how a group of working class youths from the University of Washington rowing team emerged from obscurity to defeat a field of elite international rivals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Sports fans who love a good “Cinderella story” will cheer this fast-paced, emotionally charged account of the players’ and coaches struggles set against stark Depression-era realities. – Description by Shauna Griffin.

Bruchac, Joseph.  Long Run.

Travis Hawk runs away from his father and a Seattle homeless shelter to travel across the country, experiencing some bad situations and meeting some good people along his journey of survival and risk.

Christie, Agatha.  And Then There Were None.

Ten houseguests, trapped on an isolated island, are the prey of a diabolical killer. A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion: Ten little Indian boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine–When they realize that murders are occurring as described in the rhyme, terror mounts. Who has choreographed this dastardly scheme? And who will be left to tell the tale?

Clare, Cassandra.  Clockwork Angel. 

When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Fell’s older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London’s dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.

Crowder, Melanie.  Audacity.

“A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women’s labor rights in the early 20th century in New York.”–.

Diffenbaugh, Vanessa.  Language of Flowers.

“The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past”–.

Elston, Ashley.  This is Our Story.

“When a hunting accident claims a boy’s life, his best friends all come under suspicion”–.

Fink, Joseph and Jeffrey Carnor.  Welcome to Night Vale.

From the creators of the popular podcast about a nameless town where the supernatural and strange are commonplace comes a new mystery novel. “This is classic Night Vale in written form. It’s an absolute must for Night Vale fans, and will possibly provide an introduction for those who haven’t found this snarky little podcast yet. — Debra Franklin for LibraryReads.

Heilig, Heidi.  The Girl From Everywhere.

Growing up beside her father on a time-traveling ship that ventures to real and imaginary places, 16-year-old Nix struggles to preserve her life when her father obsessively pursues a map in a past time period in ways that threaten her existence.

Knight, Phil.  Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike.

The influential founder and CEO of Nike shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid startup and its evolution to one of the world’s most iconic and profitable brands, offering insights into his own experiences as a young man who envisioned a company that would be run in atypical ways.

Luper, Eric.  Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto.

After his girlfriend breaks up with him and he sees his father out with another woman, high school senior Seth Baumgartner, who has a summer job at the country club and is preparing for a father-son golf tournament, launches a podcast in which he explores the mysteries of love.

Roth, Veronica.  Carve the Mark.

Living on a violent planet where everyone develops a unique power meant to shape the future, Akos and Cyra, youths from enemy nations, resent gifts that render them vulnerable to others’ control before they become unlikely survival partners.

Rowell, Rainbow.  Fangirl.

At turns funny, sweet, smart, and sad, Fangirl traces Cath’s journey to independence as she begins college, struggles to have an identity separate from her twin sister, find her voice and passion as a writer and fall in love, maybe, for the first time. As sharp and emotionally resonant as Rowell’s previous novel, Eleanor & Park. — Stephanie Chase for LibraryReads.

Saenz, Benjamin Alire.  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

Thomas, Angie.  The Hate U Give.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.

Yoon, Nicola.  Everything Everything.

“The story of a teenage girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more”–.