Oregon Battle of the Books

    Oregon Battle of the Books has begun!  Click on the link below to find out more information on this years nominees, rules, and resources.


    Congratulations to The Girls Who Read a Book the winners of the Sellwood OBOB 2020 School Battle!!!

    The team was scheduled to compete in the Regional Battle March 14, 2020. The Regional Battle was cancelled due to COVID 19.

    OBOB 2020-2021

    2020-2021 Oregon Battle of the Books

    6-8 Division Annotated Booklist


    Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed


    In Pakistan, Amal holds onto her dream of being a teacher even after becoming an indentured servant to pay off her family's debt to the wealthy and corrupt Khan family.

    Realistic Fiction

    240 pages


    AR 4.2 (6 Pts.)



    Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan


    Amina, a Pakistani American Muslim girl, struggles to stay true to her family's culture while dealing with the vandalism of the local Islamic Center and mosque and her best friend Soojin's new friendship with their former nemesis.

    Realistic Fiction

    208 pages


    AR 5.0 (5 Pts.)



    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes


    After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till.

    Magical Realism

    214 pages


    AR 3.0 (3 Pts.)



    Greenglass House by Kate Milford


    At a smuggler's inn, 12-yr-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing, but soon guests arrive with strange stories about the house, sending Milo and his new friend on an adventure.

    Fantasy Mystery

    400 pages


    AR 5.4 (15 Pts.)



    If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth


    Seventh-grader Lewis "Shoe" Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation has a new friend, George Haddonfield, from the local air force base, but in 1975 upstate New York, there is a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and whites.

    Historical Fiction

    368 pages


    AR 5.6 (16 Pts.)




    Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen


    Nic, a slave in the mines of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cave filled with Julius Caesar's treasures. What he finds will change his destiny and the history of the Empire.

    Historical Fantasy

    337 pages


    AR 5.2 (12 Pts.)



    The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty


    Math genius Lucy Callahan enrolls in middle school after years of homeschooling, and learns life is more than numbers.

    Realistic Fiction

    320 pages


    AR 3.7 (7 Pts.)



    Moving Target by Christina Díaz González


    Twelve-year-old Cassie Arroyo is a student in Rome, but her life changes when a secret organization, the Hastati, shoots her father. She learns she is a member of an ancient bloodline that enables her to use the Spear of Destiny.


    256 pages


    AR 4.4 (8 Pts.)



    New Kid by Jerry Craft


    Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life, but instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics.

    Graphic Novel

    256 pages


    AR 2.9 (2 Pts.)



    The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin


    Led by new student Caitlyn, seventh-graders at a tiny rural school in Vermont create a reality-show inspired competition to determine who will replace the school's legendary class clown, Paulie Fink.

    Realistic Fiction

    384 pages


    AR 4.9 (9 Pts.)



    No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen


    Twelve-year-old Felix's appearance on a television game show reveals that he and his mother have been homeless for a while, but also restores some of his faith in other people.

    Realistic Fiction

    288 pages


    AR 4.3 (7 Pts.)



    Refugee by Alan Gratz


    Josef is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, and all face unimaginable dangers.

    Historical Fiction

    352 pages


    AR 5.3 (10 Pts.)



    Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez


    In order to heal after his mother's death, thirteen-year-old Sal learns to reach into time and space to retrieve things, and people, from other universes.

    Science Fiction

    400 pages


    AR 4.9 (14 Pts.)



    Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy


    When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle's estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from Nefarian Serpine's evil plans.


    368 pages


    AR 4.9 (10 Pts.)



    Squint by Chad Morris & Shelly Brown


    Flint Minett has keratoconus, an eye disease, but desperately wants to win a comic book art contest so that he and his new friend McKell Panganiban will be better accepted at middle school.

    Realistic Fiction

    256 pages


    AR 4.1 (7 Pts.)



    Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin


    A great American sport and Native American history come together in this true story of how Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner created the legendary Carlisle Indians football team.


    288 pages


    AR 6.8 (9 Pts.)




    Program Modifications for 20-21

    The Oregon Battle of the Book’s mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students.
    OBOB considers the health and safety of our students, volunteers, educators, communities, and families to be a top priority. Due to COVID-19 and to comply with the guidance of the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education, the OBOB Executive Board is providing the following services: 

    • The 2020-21 Title Lists for Elementary, Middle School, and High School levels. 
    • OBOB e-book and audio book titles for Overdrive for expanded access to these titles through public libraries.
    • Registration for schools and public libraries opens on September 1, 2020 with a reduced registration fee. 
    • Registration will give access to local/school-level competitionquestions. Practice questions are not provided by OBOB. 
    • Registered schools and public libraries may apply for Book Grants on September 1, 2020.

    Unfortunately, OBOB is not able to host State and Regional competitions for 2020-21. The Executive Board is meeting again in July to help clarify any questions or concerns about these modifications. 

    Updates will be provided through the OBOB website (www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org), the OBOB Newsletter (https://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/subscribe-to-our-newsletter/), and the OBOB Facebook Group.