This year I have cashed in my one-way, no-backing-out ticket to middle school. One of my middle school joys is Battle of the Books, where we meet after school and discuss books.

Also during the meetings we come up with questions for the competition that will be held in February. There is a list of about 26 books, give or take a few (I had already read some of them, so I had a head start!). Our mentor, Ms. Carley, is really nice.

After long and hard thought, I have decided to include the list for your viewing pleasure***:

Middle School Battle of the Books List, 2012 – 2013, Wake County, NC

Title                                            Author

Airborn                                    Kenneth Oppel

Bronx Masquerade                  Nikki Grimes

Chicken Boy                           Frances O’Roark Dowell

Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two        Joseph Bruchac

Dead End in Norvelt                 Jack Gantos

Death Cloud                              Andrew Lane

Diamonds in the Shadow           Caroline B. Cooney

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie    Jordan Sonnenblick

Everlost                                        Neal Shusterman

Flush                                             Carl Hiaasen

Freak the Mighty                          Rodman Philbrick

George Washington, Spymaster: How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War                      Thomas B. Allen

The Graveyard Book                    Neil Gaiman

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life        Wendy Mass

Just Ella                                         Margaret Peterson Haddix

Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis   Peter Nelson

The Nine-Pound Hammer              John Claude Bemis

Out of My Mind                             Sharon M. Draper

Peak                                                 Roland Smith

Peter and the Starcatchers               Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science- John Fleischman

Saraswati’s Way                              Monica Schroder

Stones in Water                               Donna Jo Napoli

Storm Warriors                                Elisa Carbone

Under the Mesquite                          Guadalupe Garcia McCall

The Wednesday Wars                       Gary D. Schmidt

White Fang                                       Jack London

~LitKid (11-year-old reviewer)

*** Please keep in mind some of the content in some of the books can be scary for those 9 and below; you should get your parents to background-check the books before you read them if you are that age.

P.S. You can visit this link on the Quail Ridge Books and Music web site to download this year’s middle school and elementary school Battle of the Books lists.