¡Bienvenidos a la Batalla de los Libros de FPG Bilingüe!
Hay que leer a lo menos cinco de estos dieciocho títulos y escribir 5 preguntas en inglés y 5 preguntas en español para cada libro para la Batalla de los Libros 2018-19.
Welcome to the Battle of the Books at FPG Bilingüe!
You will need to read at least five of the eighteen titles and write 5 questions in English and 5 questions in Spanish for each book for the Battle of the Books 2018-19.
For a copy of this year's Battle of the Books contract, click the link below.
To participate in BoB, the signed contract must be returned to Ms. Peterson by November 19, 2018.
This year's BoB books:
Ban This Book by Alan Gratz
"In Ban This Book by Alan Gratz, a fourth grader fights back when From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg is challenged by a well-meaning parent and taken off the shelves of her school library. Amy Anne is shy and soft-spoken, but don’t mess with her when it comes to her favorite book in the whole world. Amy Anne and her lieutenants wage a battle for the books that will make you laugh and pump your fists as they start a secret banned books locker library, make up ridiculous reasons to ban every single book in the library to make a point, and take a stand against censorship." --from the publisher.
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
"In the town of Spring Haven, four children have been selected to compete in the national candymaking contest of a lifetime. Who will make a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Yellow Lightning Chew?
"Logan, the candymaker's son, who can detect the color of chocolate by feel alone?
"Miles, the boy allergic to rowboats and the color pink?
"Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy as if it were a feather?
"Philip, the suit-and-tie-wearing boy who's always scribbling in a secret notebook?
"This sweet, charming, and cleverly crafted story, told from each contestant's perspective, is filled with mystery, friendship, and juicy revelations." --from the publisher.
Doll Bones by Holly Black
"Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they’ve been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her.
"But they are in middle school now. Zach’s father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she’s been having dreams about the Queen—and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave.
"Zach and Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay the Queen’s ghost to rest. But nothing goes according to plan, and as their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen. Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister? And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches?" --from the publisher
2014 Newbery Honor Medal.
El Deafo = Super Sorda by Cece Bell
"Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.
"The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn’t—but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for." --from the publisher.
2015 Newbery Honor Book.
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
"There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school—you can’t fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malú (María Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School’s queen bee, violates the school’s dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process. Her dad, who now lives a thousand miles away, says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk: be yourself.
"The real Malú loves rock music, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (hold the cilantro, please). And when she assembles a group of like-minded misfits at school and starts a band, Malú finally begins to feel at home. She'll do anything to preserve this, which includes standing up to an anti-punk school administration to fight for her right to express herself!" --from the publisher.
2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book.
Fortunately, the Milk = El galáctico, pirático y alienígena viaje de mi padre by Neil Gaiman
"Ya sabeis lo que pasa cuando vuestra madre se va de viaje de trabajo y vuestro padre se queda a cargo. Normalmente, ella le deja una lista de cosas que hacer y lo mas importante es siempre que NO SE OLVIDE DE LA LECHE. Pero, desafortunadamente, se le suele olvidar. Asi que, a la manana siguiente, antes de desayunar, tiene que salir a la tienda de al lado y esta que teneis en las manos es la historia de por que le lleva tanto, tanto tiempo volver con la leche. Como estrellas invitadas: el profesor Steg (un dinosaurio viajero en el tiempo); unos bichos verdes y viscosos; la Reina de los Piratas; una joya muy famosa que esta incrustada en el ojo de una estatua en un volcan... Y una botella de leche perfectamente ordinaria pero muy importante.
"You already know what happens when your mother is away for business and your father is in charge. Normally, she leaves a to-do list with a DONT FORGET THE MILK note, but she forgets. The next morning, before breakfast, the story of why it took so long to come back with milk, with guest starts: Steg, the Queen of Pirates, and a jewel embedded in a statue, begins.
"Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young." --from the publisher.
Found = Buscados (The Missing, Book 1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
"One night a plane appeared out of nowhere, the only passengers aboard: thirty-six babies. As soon as they were taken off the plane, it vanished. Now, thirteen years later, two of those children are receiving sinister messages, and they begin to investigate their past. Their quest to discover where they really came from leads them to a conspiracy that reaches from the far past to the distant future—and will take them hurtling through time. In this exciting series, bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix brings an element of suspense that will keep readers on the edge of their seats." --from the publisher.
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
"Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were good at math…really good.
"They participated in some of NASA's greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America's first journeys into space. And they did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But they worked hard. They persisted. And they used their genius minds to change the world.
"In this beautifully illustrated picture book edition, we explore the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA, known as "colored computers," and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career." --from the publisher.
How to Steal a Dog = Cómo salir de un apuro by Barbara O'Connor
"Un día Georgina tiene una casa y mucho de comer y al día siguiente está viviendo en un coche con su madre y su hermano. Impaciente y avergonzada de tener que lavarse en el cuarto de baño de un restaurante y hacer la tarea con una linterna, decide robar un perro, esperando poder cobrar una recompensa. Ella escoge un blanco y hace los planes con cuidado, pero no toma en cuenta que su conciencia puede molestarla.
"One day Georgina has a home and plenty to eat and the next she’s living in a car with her mother and brother. Impatient and ashamed of having to wash up in a restaurant bathroom and do her homework by flashlight, she decides to steal a dog, hoping to collect a reward. She chooses a mark and makes careful plans, but doesn’t take into count her conscience bothering her." --from the publisher.
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanha Lai
"Inspired by the author's childhood experience as a refugee—fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama—this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been celebrated for its touching child's-eye view of family and immigration.
"Hà has only ever known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope—toward America.
"This moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief, and healing received four starred reviews, including one from Kirkus which proclaimed it 'enlightening, poignant, and unexpectedly funny.'" --from the publisher.
Newbery Honor Book.
The Lemonade War = La guerra de la limonada by Jacqueline Davies
"Evan Treski es un estudiante de cuarto grado que sabe tratar con la gente. Puede hablar muy bien con todos, incluso con los adultos. Por otro lado, Jessie , su hermana menor que también está en cuarto grado, es muy inteligente con las matemáticas pero le cuesta entender a las personas. Ella sabe que no demuestra sentimientos. Entonces, cuando comienza la guerra de limonada, no se sabe quién ganará, y mucho menos si la guerra terminará.
"Por primera vez en español presentamos esta combinación perfecta de humor, matemáticas y negocios, escrita por Jacqueline Davies y traducida por las premiadas Alma Flor Ada y F. Isabel Campoy. Es una novela conmovedora que presenta una relación única entre hermanos y analiza de manera sutil de qué manera las discusiones pueden intensificarse más allá de lo esperado.
"Fourth-grader Evan Treski is people-smart. He’s good at talking with people, even grownups. His younger sister, Jessie, on the other hand, is math-smart, but not especially good with people. So when the siblings’ lemonade stand war begins, there really is no telling who will win—or even if their fight will ever end. Brimming with savvy marketing tips for making money at any business, definitions of business terms, charts, diagrams, and even math problems, this fresh, funny, emotionally charged novel subtly explores how arguments can escalate beyond anyone’s intent." --from the publisher.
2011 North Carolina Children’s Book Award.
Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability by Shane Burcaw
"Shane Burcaw was born with a rare disease called spinal muscular atrophy, which hinders his muscles’ growth. As a result, his body hasn’t grown bigger and stronger as he’s gotten older―it’s gotten smaller and weaker instead. This hasn’t stopped him from doing the things he enjoys (like eating pizza and playing sports and video games) with the people he loves, but it does mean that he routinely relies on his friends and family for help with everything from brushing his teeth to rolling over in bed.
"Not So Different offers a humorous, relatable, and refreshingly honest glimpse into Shane Burcaw’s life. Shane tackles many of the mundane and quirky questions that he’s often asked about living with a disability, and shows readers that he’s just as approachable, friendly, and funny as anyone else." --from the publisher.
The One and Only Ivan = El único e incomparable Iván by Katherine Applegate
"Iván es un poderoso pero tranquilo gorila espalda plateada. Vive en la salida 8 del centro comercial Gran Circo, allí se ha acostumbrado a los humanos que lo observen a través de las paredes de cristal de su jaula. Rara vez echa de menos su vida en la selva. De hecho, casi nunca piensa en ello. Cuando conoce a Ruby, una bebé elefante que ha sido apartada de su familia, Iván comienza a ver su hogar de una forma distinta. La inspiración para esta novela reside en una historia real. Después de ser capturado en edad infantil, Iván fue criado en un hogar humano hasta que fue incorporado a una extraña colección de animales alojados en un centro comercial de temática circense. Iván pasó 27 años de su vida solo en una jaula, sin ver a ningún animal de su propia especie, antes de ser trasladado a un zoológico en 1994.
"Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point of view of Ivan himself. Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes." --from the publisher.
2013 Newbery Medal.
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
"Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they're both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL.
"Joe's lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own.
"Ravi's family just moved to America from India, and he's finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in.
"Joe and Ravi don't think they have anything in common -- but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week." --from the publisher.
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
"Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart.
"But when she arrives in Midnight Gulch, Felicity thinks her luck's about to change. A "word collector," Felicity sees words everywhere---shining above strangers, tucked into church eves, and tangled up her dog's floppy ears---but Midnight Gulch is the first place she's ever seen the word "home." And then there's Jonah, a mysterious, spiky-haired do-gooder who shimmers with words Felicity's never seen before, words that make Felicity's heart beat a little faster.
"Felicity wants to stay in Midnight Gulch more than anything, but first, she'll need to figure out how to bring back the magic, breaking the spell that's been cast over the town . . . and her mother's broken heart." --from the publisher.
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
"When the Ku Klux Klan’s unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella’s segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice...
"Stella lives in the segregated South—in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella’s community—her world—is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end." --from the publisher.
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda = El Extraño Caso de Yoda Origami by Tom Angleberger
"Dwight is a little eccentric and that drives Tommy, who sits next to him at lunch, nuts. Dwight is fantastic at origami, though, and he has created the most amazing Yoda that he wears on his finger. It appears that this creation can tell the future! Tommy wants to know why this Yoda is so smart. He must find out before he asks it for some advice on girls…" --from Amazon.
The Watsons go to Birmingham = Los Watson van a Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
"Enter the hilarious world of 10-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, who's 13 and an "official juvenile delinquent." When Momma and Dad decide it's time for a visit to Grandma, Dad comes home with the amazing Ultra-Glide, and the Watsons set out on a trip like no other. They're heading South. They're going to Birmingham, Alabama, toward one of the darkest moments in America's history." --from the publisher.
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