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Battle of the Books: 8 young adult books compete in online interactive contest for teens this summer

Jun 28 2018

Ottawa – The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) Battle of the Books is back! The summer-long interactive online contest for teens will be running on the OPL website from July 3 to August 21! Eight young adult titles will be competing for the chance to become the teen read of the summer! Every week, teens can cast their vote (or votes) for the book of their choice. The books that receive enough votes will survive and move on to the next round – that is the following week of competition. The book with the fewest votes each week will be eliminated. The battle will begin with eight books during the first week, then seven the following week, and so on. The excitement builds as the number of books decreases – and YA fans get to steer the course of the competition.


The Ottawa Public Library is thrilled to be presenting this summer program for teens – and non-teens – who enjoy reading young adult novels. In addition to the voting portion, there is a weekly chance to win a $25 Chapters gift card. Eager participants simply have to login to our website and comment on the weekly Teen Blog that provides Battle of the Books results. One entry per username.


The 2018 Battle of the Books titles were selected by a team of Teen Services librarians and collection selectors; all titles focus on tolerance, inclusion and social issues.


English competitors:

  1. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  2. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  3. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  4. If I was your Girl by Meredith Russo
  5. I am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina (Graphic Novel)
  6. Love Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  7. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
  8. The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater (NF)


French competitors in the “Combat des livres”:

  1. Le pensionnat, Michel Noël
  2. La fille quelques heures avant l’impact, Hubert Ben Kemoun
  3. Parvana, une enfance en Afghanistan, Deborah, Ellis
  4. Ne ramenez jamais une fille du futur chez vous, Nathalie Stragier
  5. Ciel : Comment survive aux deux prochaines minutes, Sophie Labelle
  6. L’enfant mitrailleuse, Fabien Fernandez
  7. Pourquoi les filles ont mal au ventre, Lucile de Peslouan
  8. Trans, Samuel Champagne


The winning title in the Battle of the Books and the winning title in the Combat des livres will be announced on Monday, August 20.


For all the details and weekly updates make sure to keep an eye on the Teen Blog and to visit the official Battle of the Books page of our website.



The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America, with 34 branches, physical and virtual at, mobile libraries, and a vending machine library service. OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Contact us at 613-580-2940 or If it’s out there, it’s in here!


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