Global Reading Challenge

The Global Reading Challenge is a Battle of the Books program sponsored by the Kalamazoo Public Library, and is open to 4th- and 5th-grade classes within the Kalamazoo Public Library District.

Titles for the 2015 Challenge

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup  by Sharon CreechGranny Torrelli Makes Soup
Creech, Sharon
ISBN: 9780060292904
Call Number: J CREE
2003
With the help of her wise old grandmother, twelve-year-old Rosie manages to work out some problems in her relationship with her best friend, Bailey, the boy next door.
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack GantosJoey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Gantos, Jack
ISBN: 9780374336646
Call Number: J GANT
1998
To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-GarciaOne Crazy Summer
Williams-Garcia, Rita
ISBN: 9780060760892
Call Number: J WILL
2010
In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters, Fern and Vonetta, arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, Cecile, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.
The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick HillThe Year of Miss Agnes
Hill, Kirkpatrick
ISBN: 9780689829338
Call Number: J HILL
2000
Ten-year-old Fred (short for Frederika) narrates the story of school and village life among the Athapascans in Alaska during 1948 when Miss Agnes arrived as the new teacher.
Touch Blue by Cynthia LordTouch Blue
Lord, Cynthia
ISBN: 9780545035316
Call Number: J LORD
2010
When the state of Maine threatens to shut down their island's one-room schoolhouse because of dwindling enrollment, eleven-year-old Tess, a strong believer in luck, and her family take in a trumpet-playing foster child to increase the school's population.
Shiloh by Phyllis NaylorShiloh
Naylor, Phyllis
ISBN: 9780689316142
Call Number: J NAYL
1991
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.
The Captain’s Dog by Roland SmithThe Captain’s Dog
Smith, Roland
ISBN: 9780152026967
Call Number: J SMIT
1999
Captain Meriwether Lewis's dog Seaman, describes his experiences as he accompanies his master on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, to explore the uncharted western wilderness.
STAT: Slam Dunk by Amar'e StoudemireSTAT: Slam Dunk
Stoudemire, Amar'e
ISBN: 9780545488761
Call Number: J STOU
2013
When some of the older kids get on Amar'e for not being able to dunk, he sets a goal to make that happen soon. But when Amar'e's playing time is put on hold, he'll have to come to terms with all of the other things he's been neglecting.
Way Down Deep by Ruth WhiteWay Down Deep
White, Ruth
ISBN: 9780374382513
Call Number: J WHIT
2007
In the West Virginia town of Way Down Deep in the 1950s, a foundling called Ruby June is happily living with Miss Arbutus at the local boarding house when suddenly, after the arrival of a family of outsiders, the mystery of Ruby's past begins to unravel.
Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) by Lisa YeeBobby vs. Girls (Accidentally)
Yee, Lisa
ISBN: 9780545055925
Call Number: J YEE
2009
When Bobby Ellis-Chan inadvertently gets into a fight with his best friend Holly Harper, their disagreement develops into a boys versus girls war involving their whole fourth-grade class.