Bestselling author headlines Teens Battle of the Books July 25

June 30, 2015

Alachua County Library District’s 6th annual Battle of the Books competition for teens features New York Times bestselling author Rick Yancey at Headquarters Library on Saturday, July 25, 1 p.m. The public is invited to cheer for its favorite Battle of the Books team and meet special guest Rick Yancey, author of The 5th Wave, one of this year’s three books selected by teens for the Battle of the Books and the overwhelming favorite. Yancey will speak at 1 p.m., before the Battle begins at 1:30 p.m. and afterward sign books, which will be available for purchase. This free event sponsored by the Friends of the Library will be in Meeting Room A at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue.

The 6th annual Battle of the Books is a competition between teams of teens from different library branches. During the summer these teams from Archer, Hawthorne, Headquarters, High Springs, Library Partnership, Millhopper and Tower Road Branch Libraries will meet regularly to discuss the three selected books used in the challenge. The other two selected books this year are Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and Aristotle and Dante Share the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. This final competition determines the winning team based on its knowledge of the books.

The Library District is pleased to introduce young readers to Yancey, author of 13 novels and a memoir. His books have been published in more than 20 languages and have earned numerous accolades and awards from around the world. His young adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was named a "Best Book of the Year" by Publishers Weekly and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, Rick received a Michael L. Printz Honor for The Monstrumologist. The sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His latest novel, The 5th Wave, the first in an epic sci-fi trilogy, made its worldwide debut in 2013, and will soon be a major motion picture for GK Films and Sony Pictures.

Yancey was born in Miami and grew up in Lakeland. He wrote is first short-story in seventh-grade English class. After receiving an A and positive feedback from his teacher, he thought he might become a writer. He attended Florida Southern College and Florida State University before moving to Roosevelt University, Chicago where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in English. Following his father’s career path, he attended law school for a year. Yancey taught some English classes, did some acting and directing at a community theater, even worked on the family ranch before landing a job with the Internal Revenue Service where he worked for 12 years. During that career, his wife suggested that one of his screenplays would make an excellent book. He wrote A Burning in Homeland and published it in 2001. In 2004, he left his job to write fulltime. He now lives in his native state with his wife and youngest son and their two-year old doodle dog.

For additional information, contact Nickie Kortus at (352) 334-3909,


If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance.  Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event.  TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service). 



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