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Global Reading Challenge 2016 Booklist

2016 Global Reading Challenge

The Global Reading Challenge is a Battle of the Books program for 4th and 5th graders enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. The program encourages children to have fun and enjoy reading.

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"The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate

The One and Only Ivan

Katherine Applegate

When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.


"The Strange Case of Origami Yoda" by Tom Angleberger

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Tom Angleberger

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.


"The Shakespeare Stealer" by Gary Blackwood

The Shakespeare Stealer

Gary Blackwood

A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare's acting troupe in order to steal the script of "Hamlet," but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.


"Hana's Suitcase on Stage" by Karen Levine

Hana's Suitcase on Stage

Karen Levine

A biography of a Czech girl who died in the Holocaust, told in alternating chapters with an account of how the curator of a Japanese Holocaust center learned about her life after Hana's suitcase was sent to her, with the text of the play based on this biography.


"The Heart of the Samurai" by Margi Preus

The Heart of a Samurai

Margi Preus

In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.


"P.S. Be Eleven" by Rita Williams-Garcia

P.S. Be Eleven

Rita Williams-Garcia

The Gaither sisters return to Brooklyn, where they adapt to new feelings of independence while managing changes large and small, from Pa's new girlfriend to a very different Uncle Darnell's return from Vietnam.


"El Deafo" by Cece Bell

El Deafo

Cece Bell

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."


"Saving Kabul Corner" by N.H. Senzai

Saving Kabul Corner

N. H. Senzai

Twelve-year-old Ariana, a tomboy, and her ladylike cousin Laila, recently arrived from Afghanistan, do not get along but they pull together when a rival Afghani grocery store opens, rekindling an old family feud and threatening their family's livelihood.


"Tua and the Elephant" by R.P. Harris

Tua and the Elephant

R. P. Harris

In Chiang Mai, Thailand, nine-year-old Tua releases an abused elephant from its chains. Can she complete the rescue by getting it to an elephant refuge without being caught herself?


"How Tia Lola Saved the Summer" by Julia Alvarez

How Tía Lola Saved the Summer

Julia Alvarez

When three girls and their father visit for a week in the summer, it takes T́́ía Lola to make Miguel forget his unhappiness at the absence of any boys and embrace the adventures that ensue.




View the Global Reading Challenge book list in the catalog.



We Thank Our Sponsors

The Global Reading Challenge is made possible by funding from The Seattle Public Library Foundation, Wells Fargo Bank, Northwest Literacy Foundation, Tableau, the Ballard and Fremont Rotary clubs, and Toni Myers.