Battle of the Books

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

    • The books are 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, or support a local business such as Book Beat in Oak Park.
    More information can be found at, or you are welcome to email the BCS School Librarian, Ann Truesdell, at with any questions you have. 
  • Finding Langston

    by Lesa Cline-Ransome Year Published: 2018

    Discovering a book of Langston Hughes' poetry in the library helps Langston cope with the loss of his mother, relocating from Alabama to Chicago as part of the Great Migration, and being bullied.

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  • First Rule of Punk

    by Celia C. Perez Year Published: 2018

    Twelve-year-old Maria Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malu) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.

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  • Lions and Liars

    by Kate Beasley Year Published: 2018

    Fifth-grader Frederick is sent to a disciplinary camp where he and his terrifying troop mates have just started forging a friendship when they learn a Category 5 hurricane is headed their way.

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  • Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring

    by Angela Cervantes Year Published: 2018

    Paloma Marquez is traveling to Mexico City, birthplace of her deceased father, for the very first time. She's hoping that spending time in Mexico will help her unlock memories of the too-brief time they spent together. While in Mexico, Paloma meets Lizzie and Gael, who present her with an irresistible challenge: The siblings want her to help them find a valuable ring that once belonged to beloved Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Finding the ring means a big reward -- and the thanks of all Mexico. What better way to honor her father than returning a priceless piece of jewelry that once belonged to his favorite artist!

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  • The Sasquatch Escape

    by Suzanne Selfors Year Published: 2013

    Spending the summer in his grandfather's rundown town, ten-year-old Ben meets an adventurous local girl and together they learn that the town's veterinarian runs a secret hospital for imaginary creatures.

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  • Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive!

    by Ammi-Joan Paquette Year Published: 2017

    Presents some of the most crazy-but-true stories about the living world as well as a handful of stories that are too crazy to be true--and asks readers to separate facts from the fakes!

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