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2009 Summer Battle of the Books

2009 Battle of the Books team

The 2009 Battle of the Books program is over.  Our team theme was "Señors and Senior Readers."  The titles were:

  1. Beastly by Alex Flinn - Presents a modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.  Interested?  View Longwood teens discussing Beastly.
  2. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan - Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.  Interested?  View Longwood teens discussing The Lightning Thief.
  3. Last Shot by John Feinstein - After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.  Interested?  View Longwood teens discussing Last Shot.
  4. Hidden Talents by David Lubar - When thirteen-year-old Martin arrives at an alternative school for misfits and problem students, he falls in with a group of boys with psychic powers and discovers something surprising about himself.  Interested?  View Longwood teens discussing Hidden Talents.
  5. Love Among the Walnuts by Jean Ferris - Born and raised in isolation in a wealthy, eccentric family, Sandy is shocked when he, his parents, and their servants become victims of a vicious plot by his greedy uncles to incapacitate them and take their money.  Interested?  View Longwood teens discussing Love Among the Walnuts.
  6. Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan - Follows the life story of an exuberant Labrador retriever who gets into perpetual trouble and experiences a range of inspiring adventures.  Interested?  View Longwood teens discussing Marley: A Dog Like No Other.
  7. Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix - Eighty-five years after participating in a flawed scientific experiment to reverse the aging process, Melly and Anny Beth face the fear of being unable to care for themselves as they continue to grow younger.  Interested?  View Longwood teens discussing Turnabout.
  8. The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John - After a fire kills her parents, eleven-year-old Martine must leave England to live with her grandmother on a wildlife game reserve in South Africa, where she befriends a mythical white giraffe.  Interested?  View Longwood teens discussing The White Giraffe.