Reading Games

For Decorah Middle School (formerly Battle of the Books):

Each year the gamemakers provide a reading list of 20 books for each division.  Interested students are placed on teams of 4-6 members and assigned a coach. Teams will meet once a month or more; deciding which books will be assigned to each student, discussing the books they have read, and making sure that everyone is staying on target.   Students may also develop study aids and write questions to submit for the final contest.

Dragonfly Books in-store customers receive a 20% discount on these titles.


Updated January 2018


 

A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780061146305
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - May 8th, 2007

NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES

Are you made fainthearted by death? Does fire unnerve you? Is a villain something that might crop up in future nightmares of yours? Are you thrilled by nefarious plots? Is cold porridge upsetting to you? Vicious threats? Hooks? Uncomfortable clothing?


The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery Cover Image
By Doreen Cronin, Kevin Cornell (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780061215346
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 24th, 2012

From the bestselling, award-winning author-illustrator team of Doreen Cronin and Kevin Cornell comes the first book in a heavily illustrated, hilarious chapter book series about the adventures of a dog detective. Perfect for fans of Sara Pennypacker's Clementine series and Jarrett J. Krosoczka's Lunch Lady series.


The Familiars Cover Image
$3.99
ISBN: 9780061961106
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Published: HarperCollins - June 7th, 2011

For fans of Warriors and The Magic Thief comes a magical adventure story about a street cat who's mistaken for a wizard’s familiar.


Left Out Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062293831
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Published: HarperCollins - September 5th, 2017

Perfect for fans of Mike Lupica! New York Times bestselling author and former NFL player Tim Green delivers a heartwarming and inspiring story about a deaf boy’s journey to change how others see him—both on and off the football field. Now in paperback. 


Charlotte's Web Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780064400558
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - April 10th, 2012

Don’t miss one of America’s top 100 most-loved novels, selected by PBS’s The Great American Read.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #2) Cover Image
By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780064404990
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2008

Don’t miss one of America’s top 100 most-loved novels, selected by PBS’s The Great American Read.


Pippi Longstocking Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780140309577
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - May 30th, 1988

 The beloved story of a spunky young girl and her hilarious escapades.
 


Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel (A Dyamonde Daniel Book #1) Cover Image
By Nikki Grimes, R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780142415559
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - March 4th, 2010

"Dyamonde, a third grader, has "wild-crazy hair," is "skinnier than half a toothpick" and is more than equal to the challenge of entering the crowded field of confident grade school heroines."—New York Times


Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316053181
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 1st, 2009

Nubs, an Iraqi dog of war, never had a home or a person of his own. He was the leader of a pack of wild dogs living off the land and barely surviving. But Nubs's life changed when he met Marine Major Brian Dennis.


The Wild Robot Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316381994
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 2-6 business days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2016

Wall-E meets Hatchet in this New York Times bestselling illustrated middle grade novel from Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown

Can a robot survive in the wilderness?


Finding Fortune Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374300654
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - November 10th, 2015

Running away from home isn't as easy as Ren thinks it will be. At least she isn't running very far-just a few miles to the ghost town of Fortune . . . or Mis-Fortune as everyone else calls it. Mis-Fortune on the Mississippi. Supposedly, there's an abandoned school on the outskirts with cheap rooms for rent. Ren knows her plan sounds crazy.


Fuzzy Mud Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780385370226
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Published: Yearling - March 21st, 2017

From Louis Sachar, the multi-award-winning author of Holes, comes the New York Times bestseller that's been nominated for 13 state awards and counting!
 
They got lost.
The world got scared.
And the mud got fuzzy.


The Island of Dr. Libris Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780385388450
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Published: Yearling - April 5th, 2016

Chris Grabenstein, author of the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and coauthor of the I Funny series with James Patterson, celebrates the power of imagination with this action-packed adventure that shows that sometimes the real story starts after you close the book!
 


I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 (I Survived #3) Cover Image
By Lauren Tarshis, Scott Dawson (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780545206969
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - March 1st, 2011

Barry's family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry's little sister gets terribly sick, they're forced to stay home and wait out the storm.


The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545804516
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 2-6 business days
Published: Scholastic Press - January 26th, 2016

Stephen Satlow is an eight-year-old boy living in Brooklyn, New York, which means he only cares about one thing-the Dodgers. Steve and his father spend hours reading the sports pages and listening to games on the radio.


Save Me a Seat Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545846608
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 10th, 2016

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.


Refugee Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545880831
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 25th, 2017

A New York Times bestseller!

JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . .

ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . .


Ellie's Story: A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tale (A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tales) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780765374691
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Published: Starscape - April 14th, 2015

From W. Bruce Cameron, the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel A Dog's Purpose, which is now a major motion picture!

Ellie's Story is a heartwarming illustrated novel adapted for young readers from the beloved and New York Times bestselling A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron.


Crenshaw Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250091666
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Published: Square Fish - September 26th, 2017

In her first novel since winning the Newbery Medal, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience.


El Deafo Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781419712173
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 2nd, 2014

Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda #1) Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9781419715174
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 10th, 2015

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442490628
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2016

Even a life on the untamed plains of Africa can’t prepare Wilhelmina for the wilds of an English boarding school in this “gripping, magical, and heartwarming tale of resilience, friendship, and hope” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Wilhelmina Silver’s world is golden.


Ghost (Track #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481450164
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.


Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of a brand-new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award&