The time has come for courageous teens to volunteer for the honor of representing their local library branch in the 10th annual Battle of the Books! Visit your local library starting June 1 to join a team. You will read the three books (chosen by popular vote) and, if you participate, they're yours to keep! You'll meet with your team throughout the summer to discuss the books in preparation for the big event, the 2019 Battle of the Books! This will be held at the Headquarters Branch in downtown Gainesville on Saturday, July 27 at 1 p.m. In addition to the title of champions, the winning team members will each receive a pass to visit the Cade Museum.
We are delighted to have as our guest speaker G. Neri! G. Neri is the Eisner-nominated, Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author of Yummy, which Flavorwire hailed as one of the top 25 essential graphic novels of all-time. He has written ten books for young people, including the novels, Tru & Nelle and (the soon-to-be motion picture), Ghetto Cowboy. His books have been translated into multiple languages in more than 25 countries. He will be here to discuss his latest, Grand Theft Horse. He is currently working on a series of comics about Antarctica, where he was stationed in 2017. Neri lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida with his wife and daughter. You can find him online at www.gneri.com.
This summer, we'll be reading:
Grand Theft Horse by G. Neri
Grand Theft Horse is a graphic novel biography about the author's cousin, a Texas horse advocate who stole a racehorse to save its life.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first.
When Xiomara Batista, who pours all her frustrations and passion into poetry, is invited to join the school slam poetry club, she struggles with her mother's expectations and her need to be heard. Winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the Pura Belpré Award!
Welcome tributes, we salute your courage and your sacrifice. We wish you “Happy Battle of the Books” and may the odds be ever in your favor!
Thank you to the Cade Museum for contributing tickets for our winners!
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).