Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

Registration for 2024 Battle of the Books is now open!


Register to join a Battle of the Books team this summer. This competition is open to teens in grades 6-12. By joining a team, you get a copy of the three winning titles for keeps. Teams will meet at their chosen branches and prepare for our July 27th event, where we will have an author visit followed by the ultimate Alachua County trivia competition.

Explore the three winning titles below.

book covers for What I Carry, Huda F Are You?, and Cemetery Boys

What I Carry by Jennifer Longo. Growing up in foster care, Muir has lived in many houses. And if she's learned one thing, it is to Pack. Light. Carry only what fits in a suitcase. Toothbrush? Yes. Socks? Yes. Emotional attachment to friends? foster families? a boyfriend? Nope! There's no room for any additional baggage. Muir has just one year left before she ages out of the system. One year before she's free. One year to avoid anything--or anyone--that could get in her way. Then she meets Francine. And Kira. And Sean. And everything changes.

Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy. Huda and her family just moved to Dearborn, Michigan, a small town with a big Muslim population. In her old town, Huda knew exactly who she was: She was the hijabi girl. But in Dearborn, everyone is the hijabi girl. Huda is lost in a sea of hijabis, and she can't rely on her hijab to define her anymore. 

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. Yadriel, a trans boy, summons the angry spirit of his high school's bad boy, and agrees to help him learn how he died, thereby proving himself a brujo, not a bruja, to his conservative family.


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Thank you again!

Congratulations to Last Year's Winners


Congratulations to our winners of the 2023 Battle of the Books trivia competition!

1st Place: Waldo Branch

2nd Place: Millhopper Branch

3rd Place: Alachua Branch

Alachua County teen participants were given free copies of selected books to read over the summer to prepare to flex their trivia skills at the annual Battle of the Books. The competition took place July 23 at 2 p.m. on Zoom.

Alachua County teens selected the following books for 2023:


book cover art for The Seventh Raven
book cover art for Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Thank you to our Battle of the Books sponsor, RTI Surgical, for their generous donation that funded this program.


Hall of Fame

Previous Winning Teams

  1. (2010) Tower Road Branch
  2. (2011) Millhopper Branch
  3. (2012) Headquarters Library
  4. (2013) Tower Road Branch
  5. (2014) Tower Road Branch
  6. (2015) High Springs Branch
  7. (2016) High Springs Branch
  8. (2017) Headquarters Library tied with Newberry Branch
  9. (2018) Headquarters Library tied with Tower Road Branch
  10. (2019) Headquarters Library
  11. (2020) Tower Road Branch
  12. (2021) Millhopper Branch
  13. (2022) Millhopper Branch
  14. (2023) Waldo Branch
  15. (2024) We'll find out this summer!