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 2016 Challenge

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine ApplegateThe One and Only Ivan
Applegate, Katherine
ISBN: 9780061992254
Call Number: J APPL
Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home-and his own art-through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her,and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.
Out of My Mind by Sharon DraperOut of My Mind
Draper, Sharon
ISBN: 9781416971702
Call Number: J DRAP
Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.
Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack GantosJoey Pigza Loses Control
Gantos, Jack
ISBN: 0374399891
Call Number: *J
Joey, who is still taking medication to keep him from getting too wired, goes to spend the summer with the hard-drinking father he has never known and tries to help the baseball team he coaches win the championship.
The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. GoingThe Liberation of Gabriel King
Going, K.L.
ISBN: 039923991X
Call Number: J GOIN
In Georgia during the summer of 1976, Gabriel, a white boy who is being bullied, and Frita, an African American girl who is facing prejudice, decide to overcome their many fears together as they enter fifth grade.
Satch and Me by Dan GutmanSatch and Me
Gutman, Dan
ISBN: 0060594918
Call Number: J GUTM
With his ability to travel through time using vintage baseball cards, Joe takes Flip with him to find out whether Satchel Paige really was the fastest pitcher ever.
Drita My Homegirl by Jenny LombardDrita My Homegirl
Lombard, Jenny
ISBN: 0399243801
Call Number: J LOMB
When ten-year-old Drita and her family, refugees from Kosovo, move to New York, Drita is teased about not speaking English well, but after a popular student named Maxine is forced to learn about Kosovo as a punishment for teasing Drita, the two girls soon bond.
The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O'ConnorThe Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester
O'Connor, Barbara
ISBN: 9780374368500
Call Number: J OCON
After Owen captures an enormous bullfrog, names it Tooley Graham, then has to release it, he and two friends try to use a small submarine that fell from a passing train to search for Tooley in the Carter, Georgia, pond it came from, while avoiding nosy neighbor Viola.
The Turtle of Oman by Naomi NyeThe Turtle of Oman
Nye, Naomi
ISBN: 9780062019721
Call Number: J NYE
When Aref, a third-grader who lives in Muscat, Oman, refuses to pack his suitcase and prepare to move to Michigan, his mother asks for help from his grandfather, his Siddi, who takes Aref around the country, storing up memories he can carry with him to a new home.
Wonder by R.J. PalacioWonder
Palacio, R.J.
ISBN: 9780375869020
Call Number: J PALA
 Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
Locomotion by Jacqueline WoodsonLocomotion
Woodson, Jacqueline
ISBN: 0399231153
Call Number: J WOOD
In a series of poems, eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life, after the death of his parents, separated from his younger sister, living in a foster home, and finding his poetic voice at school.