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 2017 Challenge

How Tia Lola Ended Up Starting Over by Julia AlvarezHow Tia Lola Ended Up Starting Over
Alvarez, Julia
ISBN: 9780375969140
Call Number: J ALVA
2011
Worried that Papa Espada cannot find a job, Tía Lola, Juanita, Miguel, and the "Sword" sisters decide to start a bed and breakfast at Colonel Charlebois's Vermont house.
Home of the Brave by Katherine ApplegateHome of the Brave
Applegate, Katherine
ISBN: 9780312367657
Call Number: J APPL
2007
Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.
El Deafo by Cece BellEl Deafo
Bell, Cece
ISBN: 9781419710209
Call Number: J GRAPHIC NOVEL 921 BELL
2015
The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate  DiCamilloBecause of Winn-Dixie
DiCamillo, Kate
ISBN: 9780763607760
Call Number: J DICA
2001
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her becauseof her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
Jackie and Me by Dan GutmanJackie and Me
Gutman, Dan
ISBN: 9780380976850
Call Number: J GUTM
1999
With his ability to travel through time by using baseball cards, Joe goes back to 1947 to meet Jackie Robinson to find out what it was like to be the man who broke baseball's color barrier.
Same Sun Here by Silas HouseSame Sun Here
House, Silas
ISBN: 9780763656843
Call Number: J HOUS
2011
 A twelve-year-old Indian immigrant in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner's son become pen pals, and eventually best friends, through a series of revealing letters exploring such topics as environmental activism, immigration, and racism.
The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O'ConnorThe Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
O'Connor, Barbara
ISBN: 9780374370558
Call Number: J OCON
2009
In Fayette, South Carolina, the highlight of Popeye's summer is learning vocabulary words with his grandmother until a motor home gets stuck nearby and Elvis Jewell, the oldest boy living inside, joins Popeye in finding the source of strange boats floating down the creek.
Nuts to You by Lynn PerkinsNuts to You
Perkins, Lynn
ISBN: 9780060092757
Call Number: J PERK
2014
After surviving being carried off by a hawk, a young squirrel resolves to find his way home, as his best friends begin their search for him.
Shooting Kabul by N.H. SenzaiShooting Kabul
Senzai, N.H.
ISBN: 9781442401945
Call Number: J SENZ
2010
Escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the summer of 2001, eleven-year-old Fadi and his family immigrate to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Fadi schemes to return to the Pakistani refugee camp where his little sister was accidentally left behind.
Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline WoodsonPeace, Locomotion
Woodson, Jacqueline
ISBN: 9780399246555
Call Number: *J WOOD
2009
Through letters to his little sister, who is living in a different foster home, sixth-grader Lonnie, also known as "Locomotion," keeps a record of their lives while they are apart, describing his own foster family, including his foster brother who returns home after losing a leg in the Iraq War.