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2018 Battle of the Books

Every year, Hancock County Public Library???s Teen Services hosts Battle of the Books. Schools from around the county are invited to form a team of 8th and 9th graders??to participate in a trivia-style competition that covers 10 books that are chosen by the Teen Services Librarian.

If your team wins Battle, bragging rights will not be the only prize you take home.??The winning team gets to take the traveling Battle of the Books trophy to keep until next year. Also, each team member’s name will be etched on a plate that will be added to the Teen Room Battle of the Books plaque.??In addition, each member of the winning team will also get to take home a gift card and a prize book.

This year???s competition will be held on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018. If you are currently in 8th or 9th grade and are interested in participating, either contact the Teen Services Librarian through the Teen Services contact form or talk to your school???s Battle of the Book coach.


2018 Battle Books

The Time Museum by Matthew Loux

The Time Museum by Matthew Loux

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron


My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

Howl???s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl???s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee

Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

National Novel Writing Month

In case you didn???t know, today is the start of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It is during this time when people challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel.

Some of your favorite YA authors have participated in NaNoWriMo and have written the first draft of what would become some of your favorite books.


How do I participate in NanoWriMo?

If you are a writer, or just like a challenge, you should try to write your own NaNoWriMo novel. You can do it by yourself or you can become a part of the NaNoWriMo community. All you have to do is sign-up for free using an email address at

Not only can you track your word counts and get support from other NaNoWriMo participants, but you can also find great resources??to help you through this challenge.


The Library??is rooting for you

We are excited to help you with this amazing feat. Every Wednesday of November from 4pm to 5pm??we will be opening the computer lab for anyone who is participating in NaNoWriMo.

Also, don???t forget that the library is full of awesome resources?? to help get you started or get you through the rough patches.

Good luck!

June is LGBTQ Pride Month

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month by reading one of these YA fiction books!

??Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe



Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda



More Happy than Not



Two Boys Kissing




The Miseducation of Cameron Post




Will Grayson, Will Grayson




??Boy Meets Boy




One Man Guy




Openly Straight




Ask the Passengers








Keeping You a Secret




I’ll Give You the Sun




Everything Leads to You




The Geography Club



Carry On



Annie on My Mind




I am J


The Perks of Being a Wallflower



Rainbow Boys




We are the Ants




Of Fire and Stars








The God Box




If I Was Your Girl



History is All You Left Me




Highly Illogical Behavior




The Porcupine of Truth




The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley




Fan Art




Am I Blue?




Beautiful Music for Ugly Children




The Difference Between You and Me




Empress of the World







The Upside of Unrequited






Reading Without Walls Challenge

In January 2016, Gene Luen Yang??was appointed the fifth National Ambassador for Young People???s Literature. For his platform, he started the Reading Without Walls Challenge.


The Reading Without Walls Challenge is super easy. Gene Luen Yang just wants you to read one book that?? fits these three criteria:

When you have complete the challenge, take a picture of yourself with the book (or just the book) and share it on social media with the hashtag #ReadingWithoutWalls.


Now I would not issue a challenge if I would not complete it myself. So I read a book that actually fits all three criteria (because I am apparently an overachiever). I read Ronit and Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin, which is a modern day Romeo and Juliet with an Israeli girl and a Pakistani boy. It is written in verse and touches on the conflict between the Israelis and Pakistanis frequently. It was moving, beautiful, and entirely different from what I normally read.


If you are interested in this challenge but don???t know what book to read, come visit us at the library and ask us at the desk!

May the Fourth be with you

May 4th is Star Wars day! If you are a fan, I am sure you know that the library has a lot of Star Wars materials. Don???t miss out! Click on the heading and check out some of these items to celebrate!









Graphic Novels