Grade 7

Book Selection 2017/18

 

A wizard of Earthsea by Le Guin, Ursula K.

A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.
Reading Level: YA
Star & Awards – 1

Milkweed by Spinelli, Jerry

A street child, known to himself only as Stopthief, finds community when he is taken in by a band of orphans in Warsaw ghetto which helps him weather the horrors of the Nazi regime.
Reading Level: YA
Star & Awards – 4

See you in the cosmos by Cheng, Jack

“Eleven-year-old Alex Petroski, along with his dog, Carl Sagan, makes big discoveries about his family on a road trip and he records it all on a golden iPod he intends to launch into space”
Reading Level: 5-8
Star & Awards – 3

 

Chocolate war by Cormier, Robert

A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school’s annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.
Reading Level:YA
Star & Awards – 1

 

When Zachary Beaver cam to town by Holt, Kimberly Willis

During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year-old Toby and his best friend Cal meet the star of a sideshow act, 600-pound Zachary, the fattest boy in the world.
Reading Level: 5-8
Stars & Awards – 4

 

Last day on Mars by Emerson kevin

“While waiting to leave Mars before it burns up just like the Earth before it, Liam and his friend Phoebe discover some facts about time and space and realize that the human race is just one of the races trying to survive in space.”
Reading Level: 5-8
Stars & Awards: 2

 

Horizon by Westerfeld, Scott

“When Aero Horizon 16 crashes in the Arctic, eight children emerge from the wreckage to find themselves alone and surrounded, not by ice, but by a mysterious and deadly jungle full of carnivorous plants and predatory birds. The other five hundred people from the plane are gone, not necessarily dead, but taken by something that lives in the jungle.”
Reading Level: 5-8

 

Books we have read:

Schooled by Korman, Gordon

Cap lives in isolation with his grandmother, a former hippie; but when she falls from a tree and breaks her hip, Cap is sent to a foster home where he has his first experience in a public school.

Stargirl

Stargirl by Spinelli, Jerry

At first the students at Arizona’s Mica High School are captivated by Stargirl Caraway’s unusual, carefree behavior; however, she is soon shunned for everything that makes her unique in this story that pits individuality against conformity.

The seven most important thing by Pearsall, Shelley

“In 1963, thirteen-year-old Arthur is sentenced to community service helping the neighborhood Junk Man after he throws a brick at the old man’s head in a moment of rage, but the junk he collects might be more important than he suspects. Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton”

 

Wild by Mallory, Alex

“When Cade, a boy who has lived in the forest his whole life, saves a regular teen from a bear attack, he is broughtinto modern civilization for the first time”

 

Nil by Matson, Lynne

Transported through a “gate” to the mysterious island of Nil, seventeen-year-old Charley has 365 days to escape–or she will die.

 

Ashfall by Mullin, Mike

After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.

 

Legend by Lu, Marie

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
Dead End in Norvelt

Dead End In Norvelt by Gantos, Jack

In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newlydead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies……..

Schooled by Korman, Gordon

Cap lives in isolation with his grandmother, a former hippie; but when she falls from a tree and breaks her hip, Cap is sent to a foster home where he has his first experience in a public school.

Stones in Water

Stones In Water by Napoli, Donna Jo

After being taken by German soldiers from a local movie theater along with other Italian boys including his Jewish friend, Roberto is forced to work in Germany, escapes into the Ukrainian winter, before desperately trying to make his way back home to Venice.

 The Crossover

The Crossover by Alexander, Kwame

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

A mango-shaped space by Mass, Wendy,

Text in Traditional Chinese.;Translation of: A mango-shaped space.;Parallel title in Chinese characters. Mia Winchell, who has synesthesia, sees colors when presented with numbers, letters, words, and sounds, and tries to find ways to learn about her condition while coming of age and dealing with school and her grandfather’s death.

When you reach me by Stead, Rebecca

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, “The $20,000 Pyramid,” a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

 

The Amulet of Samarkand by Stroud, Jonathan

“Miramax books.” Nathaniel, a young magician’s apprentice, becomes caught in a web of magical espionage, murder, and rebellion, after he summons the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Loveland.

  Life as we knew it by Pfeffer, Susan Beth
Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family’s struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

A wrinkle in time by L’Engle, Madeleine

Three extraterrestrial beings take Meg and her friends to another world.

 

 

If a tree falls at lunch period by Choldenko, Gennifer

Kirsten and Walk, seventh-graders at an elite private school, describe how race, wealth, weight, and other issues shape their relationships as they and other misfits stand up to a mean but influential classmate.

Cover image Coraline adapted & illustrated by P. Craig Russell ; colorist, Lovern Kindzierski ; letterer, Todd Klein
Coraline, who lives with her parents and some other people in a strange old house, explores the garden, grounds and eventually the inside of the mansion, where a door leads her to another universe that darkly mirrors the one she arrived from. Graphic novel adaptation.
Cover image City of the beasts by Isabel Allende ; translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden.
When fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his individualistic grandmother on an expedition to find a humanoid Beast in the Amazon, he experiences ancient wonders and a supernatural world as he tries to avert disaster for the Indians.
Cover image The dark is rising by Susan Cooper.  (Series: Dark is rising sequence)
On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark.transformation back into human form, so he undertakes a journey to discover whether his feathered arm will be a curse or a blessing to him.
 Cover image Silent to the bone by  E.L. Konigsburg.
Thirteen-year-old Branwell loses his power of speech after being wrongly accused of gravely injuring his baby half-sister, and only his friend Connor is able to reach him and uncover the truth about what happened.
 Cover image Harris and me : a summer remembered by Gary Paulsen
Sent to live with relatives on their farm because of his unhappy home life, an eleven-year-old city boy meets his distant cousin Harris and is given an introduction to a whole new world.
 Cover image The Wednesday wars by Gary D. Schmidt
During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker’s classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.
Cover image City of Beast by Isabel Allend; translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers PedenWhen fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his individualistic grandmother on an expedition to find a humanoid Beast in the Amazon, he experiences ancient wonders and a supernatural world as he tries to avert disaster for the Indians.

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