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Advanced Division Battle of the Books

Advanced Division Battle of the Books is a county-wide book trivia contest for students who are cardholders at Longwood Public Library and in grades 9 through 12. In the spring, participants read three books, attend practice sessions, and then compete in teams against other libraries at "Advanced Division Battle of the Books," which is held at a local public library. Parents and friends are welcome at the final competition. Registration usually takes place in November; the program usually takes place on Fridays in the Spring. Discover the joy of reading, learning, and competing through this program and other "Battle of the Books" programs.

 
2018 Advanced Division Battle:
The three titles for the 2018 competition are:
Cover Title Author Description
Book Cover Highly Illogical Behavior John Corey Whaley Agoraphobic sixteen-year-old Solomon has not left his house in three years, but Lisa is determined to change that--and to write a scholarship-winning essay based on the results.
Book Cover Starflight Melissa Landers Former high school enemies Solara Brooks and Doran Spaulding must team up when they find themselves aboard a renegade spaceship. The outer realm may be lawless, but it's not like the law has ever been on Solara Brooks's side. Since off-world travel doesn't come cheap, Solara indentures herself in exchange for passage to the outer realm. She just wishes it could have been to anyone besides Doran Spaulding, the rich pretty-boy who made her life miserable in school. When Doran is framed for conspiracy on Earth, Solara cons him into playing the role of her servant on board the Banshee, a ship manned by an eccentric crew with their own secrets.
Book Cover Tell Me Three Things Julie Buxbaum Sixteen-year old Jessie, still grieving over her mother's death, moves from Chicago to "The Valley," with a new stepfamily but no friends until an anonymous fellow student emails and offers to help her navigate the school's social waters.
 

2017 Advanced Division Battle:


Congratulations to our team, "Wonderfully Wicked: Because Sometimes It's Good To Be Bad!" which took second place in the County Championship and was the recipient of the Nonstop To The Top Costume Award!  

The three titles for the 2017 competition were:
Cover Title Author Description
Book Cover Gabe Johnson Takes Over Geoff Herbach When the high school cheerleading team takes over a soda vending machine's funds, which were previously collected by the pep band, Gabe Johnson, an overweight "band geek" tired of being called names and looked down on, declares war.
Book Cover Shadow and Bone Leigh Bardugo Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.
Book Cover Trouble Is a Friend of Mine Stephanie Tromly After her parents' divorce, Zoe Webster moves from Brooklyn to upstate New York where she meets the weirdly compelling misfit, Philip Digby, and soon finds herself in a series of hilarious and dangerous situations as he pulls her into his investigation into the kidnapping of a local teenage girl which may be related to the disappearance of his kid sister eight years ago.
 
2016 Advanced Division Battle:
The 2016 Suffolk County Advanced Division Battle of the Books was held on Friday, March 4th. Our LPL team, "Pharaohcious," took second place!
The three titles for the 2016 competition were:
Cover Title Author Description
Book Cover The Last Dragonslayer Fforde, Jasper In the good old days, magic was powerful, unregulated by government. Then the magic started fading away. Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for soothsayers and sorcerers. But work is drying up. So it's a surprise when the visions start. Not only do they predict the death of the Last Dragon at the hands of a dragonslayer, they also point to Jennifer, and say something is coming. Big Magic.
Book Cover Legend Lu, Marie In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-old Day--a famous criminal, and prodigy June--the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
Book Cover Amy & Roger's Epic Detour Matson, Morgan After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt.
 
2015 Advanced Division Battle:
We are proud to say that our team, "The Chewbookas", were the 2015 Advanced Division Battle of the Books County Champions for the third year in a row! We also won the costume award! 
The three titles for the 2015 competition were:
Cover Title Author Description
Book Cover Cinder Meyer, Marissa As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.
Book Cover Anna And The French Kiss Perkins, Stephanie When Anna's father sends her to an American boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, she reluctantly goes, and meets a boy who becomes her best friend, in spite of the fact that they both want something more.
Book Cover Where Things Come Back Whaley, John Corey Seventeen-year-old Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.
 
2014 Advanced Division Battle:
We are proud to say that our team, "Reading, Trust, and Pixie Dust," were the 2014 Advanced Division Battle of the Books County Champions! 
The three titles for the 2014 competition were:
Cover Title Author Description
Book Jacket The Name Of The Star Johnson, Maureen Rory, of Bénouville, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.
Book Jacket Ship Breaker Bacigalupi, Paolo In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.
Book Jacket Divergent Roth, Veronica In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
 
2013 Advanced Division Battle:
We are proud to say that our team, "Longwood's Mightiest Heroes" were the 2013 County Champions and also took home the coveted costume award! 
The three titles for the 2013 competition were
Cover Title Author Description
What I Saw and How I Lied What I Saw and How I Lied Blundell, Judy In 1947, teenage Evie, smitten by a handsome ex-GI who seems to have a secret hold on her stepfather Joe, finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies whose devastating outcome changes her life and that of her family forever.
The Future of Us The Future of Us Asher, Jay It's 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on--and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what their destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.
Half Brother Half Brother Oppel, Kenneth In 1973, as part of an experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills, a renowned behavioral psychologist brings home a baby chimp named Zan and asks his son to treat Zan like a little brother.
 
2012 Advanced Division Battle:
The 2012 Suffolk County Advanced Division Battle of the Books was held on Friday, March 16th at the Sachem Public Library. Our LPL team, "The Bookbonic Plague," took second place and also came home with the award for best costume!
The three titles for the 2012 competition were
Cover Title Author  Description
Fat Cat Fat Cat Brande,  Robin Overweight teenage Catherine embarks on a high school science project in which she must emulate the ways of hominims, the earliest ancestors of human beings, by eating an all-natural diet and foregoing technology.
Sky is Everywhere book cover The Sky is Everywhere Nelson, Jandy In the months after her sister dies, seventeen-year-old Lennie falls into a love triangle and discovers the strength to follow her dream of becoming a musician.
Marcelo in the Real World book cover Marcelo in the Real World Stork, Francis X. Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mail room of a corporate law firm
 
2011 Advanced Division Battle:
The 2011 ADB Competition was held at the West Islip Public Library. Our Star Wars themed team "A Long Time Ago…In a Library Far, Far Away," took home second place! 
The titles for the 2011 Advanced Battle were:
Cover  Title  Author  Description
Little Brother
Little Brother Doctrow, Cory After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.
The Hunger Games The Hunger Games Collins, Suzanne In the ruins of a place once know as Noth America lies the Nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts.  The Capitol is cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
 Book Jacket

The Disreputable History Of Frankie Landau Banks

 E. Lockhart Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.
 
2010 Advanced Division Battle:
We are proud to say that our Rugrats themed team, "The Mega Diaper Babies," were the 2010 Advanced Division Battle of the Books County Champions for the second time! 
The titles for the 2010 Advanced Battle of the Books titles were:
Cover Title  Author Description
Suite Scarlet Suite Scarlett Johnson, Maureen Fifteen-year-old Scarlett Marvin is stuck in New York City for the summer working at her quirky family's historic hotel, but her brother's attractive new friend and a seasonal guest who offers her an intriguing and challenging writing project improve her outlook.
 Rash Rash Hautman, Pete  In a future society that has decided that it would "rather be safe than free," sixteen-year-od Bo's anger control problems land him in a tundra jail where he survives where he survives as a result of his running skills and an artifical intelligence program named Bork. 
 Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac Zevin, Gabrielle After a nasty fall, Naiomi realizes that she has no memory of the last four years and finds herself reassessing every aspect of her life. 
 
2009 Advanced Division Battle:
We are proud to say that our team, "LongWoodstock," were the 2009 Advanced Division Battle of the Books County Champions! We also took home the award for Best Costume! 
The titles for the 2009 Advanced Battle of the Books titles were: 
Cover Title Author Description
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl  Lyga, Barry

A fifteen-year-old "geek" who keeps a list of the high school jocks and others who torment him, and pours his energy into creating a great graphic novel, encounters Kyra, Goth Girl, who helps change his outlook on almost everything, including himself.

 The Body of Christopher Creed The Body of Christopher Creed Plum-Ucci, Carol

Torey Adams, a high school junior with a seemingly perfect life, struggles with doubts and questions surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the class outcast.

 Dairy Queen Dairy Queen Murdock, Catherine Gilbert

After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

 
2008 Advanced Division Battle:
ADB year three: our Disney themed team name was: "Some girls worth fighting for.....and the boys who fight for them!"
The titles for the 2008 Advanced Battle of the Books were: 
 Cover  Title  Author  Description
 Elsewhere Elsewhere Zevin, Gabrielle After fifteen-year-old Liz Hall is hit by a taxi and killed, she finds herself in a place that is both like and unlike Earth, where she must adjust to her new status and figure out how to "live".

 

 Sleeping Freshman Never Lie Sleeping Freshman Never Lie Lubar, David While navigating his first year of high school and awaiting the birth of his new baby brother, Scott loses old friends and gains some unlikely new ones as he hones his skills as a writer.

 

 Black and White Black and White Volpomi, Paul Two star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught.

 

 
2007 Advanced Division Battle:
For the second ADB Competition, our team theme was "Wild Things!" 
The titles for the 2007 Advanced Battle of the Books were:
 Cover   Title   Author   Description
 A Great and Terrible Beauty A Great and Terrible Beauty Bray, Libba After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.
 Fat Kid Rules the World Fat Kid Rules the World  Going, K.L. Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.
 Son of the Mob Son of the Mob Korman, Gordon Seventeen-year-old Vince's life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.

 

 
2006 Advanced Division Battle:
Longwood was very lucky to be part of the first Advanced Division Battle of the Books! Our team theme was "Longwood Library Pirates: Give Us What We Want Or We’ll Mix-Up All Of Your Books And Steal Your Bookends!" 
The titles for the 2006 Advanced Battle of the Books were:
Cover Title Author Description
Airborn Airborn Oppel, Kenneth Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existance of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the earth's surface.
 Love Among the Walnuts Love Among the Walnuts Ferris, Jean 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.