Battle of the Books

  • Information about the Battle can be found at Baldwin Library's website (see link above).  Some BCS things to note:

    • Battle Bundle orders are now closed, but families are encouraged to visit Book Beat to buy the bundles once the titles are announced.
    • The books are also be available in the BCS Library and Baldwin Library.  
    • If you wish to purchase books after the Battle has begun, we encourage you to purchase through Amazon Smile and choose “Birmingham Covington 3-8 PTSA” as your charity.
    More information can be found at, or you are welcome to email the BCS School Librarian, Ann Truesdell, at with any questions you have. 
  • Astrotwins: Project Blastoff

    by Mark E Kelly Year Published: 2015 Historical Fiction, Adventure

    Young Mark Kelly and his brother and friends decide to build a rocket over the summer when their constant bickering starts to annoy their grandfather in this middle-grade novel based on the NASA astronauts' real childhoods.

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  • Freakling

    by Lana Krumwiede Year Published: 2014 Dystopian

    After a traumatic accident removes his telekinetic ability, or psy, twelve-year-old Taemon is exiled to the "dud farm," where he is surprised to find kind, open people who enjoy using their hands but there are also mysteries at the colony and when Taemon unwittingly leaks one of the secrets he must find the courage to repair the damage, even if it means returning to the city from which he was banished.

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  • Nooks and Crannies

    by Jessica Lawson Year Published: 2015 Mystery

    Eleven-year-old Tabitha Crum, whose parents were just about to abandon her, is invited to the country estate of a wealthy countess along with five other children and told that one of them will become her heir.  Then the children beginning disappearing, one by one. So Tabitha takes a cue from her favorite detective novels and, with Pemberley by her side, attempts to solve the case and rescue the other children...who just might be her first real friends.

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  • Story Thieves

    by James Riley Year Published: 2015 Fantasy

    Except for reading the Kiel Gnomenfoot magic adventure series, Owen's life is boring until he sees his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the school library and he learns that Bethany is half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character.

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  • Towers Falling

    by Jewell Parker Rhodes Year Published: 2016 Historical Fiction

    When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Deja can't help but feel confused. She sets off on a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side. But just as she gets closer to answering big questions about who she is, what America means, and how communities can grow (and heal), she uncovers new questions, too. Like, why does Pop get so angry when she brings up anything about the towers?

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  • Zoe in Wonderland

    by Brenda Woods Year Published: 2017 Realistic Fiction

    Introverted, daydream-prone Zoe is afraid her real life will never be as exciting as her imaginary one...until a mysterious man from Madagascar shows up at her family plant nursery looking for a baobab tree.  Then Zoe’s real world begins to look like the world she had always imagined for herself. Is this the start of her first real adventure?

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