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Reading Challenge


Books with a (1) are on the list for the first year, (2) are on for the second year, and (3) are on for the third and final year. Titles on the list are kept in Middle Ground on the Main Level.

Booked by Kwame Alexander (3)

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson (3)

Sweep by Jonatha Auxier (1)

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beaty (2)

Drum Roll Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow (1)

The Iron Trial by Holly Black (3)

Unbound by Ann Burg (3)

The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz (1)

Space Case by Stuart Gibbs (2)

The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz (3)

Refugee by Alan Gratz (2)

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani (2)

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson (1)

 Me And Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King (3)

Restart by Gordon Korman (2)

New Kid by Jerry Kraft (1)

 March Book One by John Lewis (3)

 The Stars Beneath Their Feet by David Barclay Moore (2)

Akata Witch By Nnedi Okorafor (3)

First Rule of Punk by Celia Perez (2)

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee (1)

A Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (1)

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed (1)

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands (2)

Scythe by Neal Shusterman (2)

Sachiko by Caren Stelson (3)

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson (3)

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (2)

Nightbooks by J.A. White (1)

Front Desk by Kelly Yang (1)

Reading Challenge FYI

What it is:

Reading Challenge is a reading competition for 6th—8th graders.  At least one team member must attend school in the Niles-Maine District Library. If you aren’t sure if your school is in the district, please ask.   Homeschoolers may form teams too!

What you do:

  • Sign up your team at the Library! Teams must register by March 1. Space is limited.
  • Read! You may be asked questions from any of the 30 books on the list.
  • Attend the mandatory orientation session. At least one team member must be present for teams to compete in the challenge.
  • Come to the Library ready to compete on Wednesday evenings in April.

All participants are invited to a pizza party after the last meet.  The winning team will be picked up at school in a limousine and taken out to lunch at the restaurant of their choice!