7th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 7th Graders from the Weber County Library

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13 Treasures
Artist/Author/Cast:
Harrison, Michelle
Call Number:
YP F Harrison
Description:

Bedeviled by evil fairies that only she can see, thirteen-year-old Tanya is sent to stay with her cold and distant grandmother at Elvesden Manor, where she and the caretaker's son solve a disturbing mystery that leads them to the discovery that Tanya's life is in danger.

Al Capone Does My Shirts
Artist/Author/Cast:
Choldenko, Gennifer
Call Number:
YP F Choldenko
Description:

A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

Alchemy and Meggy Swann
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cushman, Karen
Call Number:
YP F Cushman
Description:
In 1573, the crippled, scorned, and destitute Meggy Swann goes to London, where she meets her father, an impoverished alchemist, and eventually discovers that although her legs are bent and weak, she has many other strengths.
Almost Astronauts:  13 Women Who Dared to Dream
Artist/Author/Cast:
Stone, Tanya Lee
Call Number:
YP 629.45 S8812a
Description:

Presents the story of the thirteen women connected with NASA's Mercury 13 space mission, who braved prejudice and jealousy to make their mark and open the door for the female pilots and space commanders that would soon follow.

Amelia Earhart: Flying Solo
Artist/Author/Cast:
Burke, John
Call Number:
YP 92 Earhart 2007
Description:

Earhart grew up at a time when many believed that men alone had the right to experience the thrill of adventure--but, from the moment she saw her first airplane, she knew it was her destiny to fly.

Among the Hidden
Artist/Author/Cast:
Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Call Number:
YP F Haddix
Description:

A government decree allows each family only two children. For Luke, a third child, this has meant a lifetime of hiding. But could a stray glimpse of a child hiding in the house across the way lead to freedom?

Ashes to Asheville
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dooley, Sarah
Call Number:
YP F Dooley
Description:

Twelve-year-old Fella is swept away on a wild road trip by her older sister Zany to fulfill their late mother's dying wish.

Bodies From the Ash
Artist/Author/Cast:
Deem, James M.
Call Number:
YP 937.7 D3115b 2005
Description:
Details the events that occurred when Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompeii in 79 A.D., focusing on how this information was deduced from the skeletons found by archaeologists at the site.
Bomb: The Race to Build--And Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sheinkin, Steve
Call Number:
YP 623.45119 S5437b 2012
Description:
Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.
The Boundless
Artist/Author/Cast:
Oppel, Kenneth
Call Number:
YP F Oppel
Description:

Aboard "The Boundless," the greatest train ever built, on its maiden voyage across Canada, teenaged Will enlists the aid of a traveling circus to save the train from villains.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kamkwamba, William; Mealer, Bryan; Zunon, Elizabeth (Illustrator)
Call Number:
J621.453092 K158b
Description:

An adaptation for young readers of a best-selling memoir follows the experiences of 14-year-old William Kamkwamba, who built a windmill out of junkyard scraps to bring electricity to his famine-stricken Malawi village.

The Boys in the Boat
Artist/Author/Cast:
Brown, Daniel James
Call Number:
YP 797.1230973 B8776b
Description:

Describes the American rowing team's triumphant and unlikely win during the 1936 Olympics.

The Bridge Home
Artist/Author/Cast:
Venkatraman, Padma
Call Number:
YP F Venkatraman
Description:

In India, 11-year-old Viji and her 12-year-old sister, Rukku, run away to Chennai after their violent father strikes out at them. Unprepared for living on the streets, they befriend two homeless boys: Arul, who lost his family in a tsunami, and Muthu, who escaped from a so-called school where he was confined and forced to work. Together they pick through garbage dumps for glass and metal scraps to sell, sleep on an abandoned bridge, and form their own family.

The Button War: A Tale of the Great War
Artist/Author/Cast:
Avi
Call Number:
YP F Avi
Description:

Running with friends who entertain themselves by coming up with risky dares, Patryk watches as their village is occupied by hostile nations throughout the Great War, before his friends begin looting the dead soldiers as part of their competition.

The Cardboard Kingdom
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sell, Chad
Call Number:
GN YP F Sell
Description:

Sixteen kids encounter knights, rogues, robots, monsters, and their own inner demons on one final quest before school starts again.

Cleopatra Rules!: The Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen
Artist/Author/Cast:
Shecter, Vicky Alvear
Call Number:
YP 92 Cleopatra 2010
Description:

Presents the life of the last Egyptian queen, who survived internal politics to became the powerful ruler of her country and was linked to two famous Roman leaders, Julius Caesar and Marc Antony.

The Crossover
Artist/Author/Cast:
Alexander, Kwame
Call Number:
YP F Alexander
Description:

Twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

Crow
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wright, Barbara
Call Number:
YP F Wright
Description:

In 1898, Moses Thomas's summer vacation does not go exactly as planned as he contends with family problems and the ever-changing alliances among his friends at the same time as he is exposed to the escalating tension between the African-American and white communities of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Doll Bones
Artist/Author/Cast:
Black, Holly
Call Number:
YP F Black
Description:

Three friends embark on a quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

Encyclopedia of the End: Mysterious Death in Fact, Fancy, Folklore, and More
Artist/Author/Cast:
Noyes, Deborah
Call Number:
YP 306.903 N9532e 2008
Description:

Perfect for Halloween, this beautifully rendered--and unexpectedly lively--compendium explores all things death, including the afterlife, forensic science, funeral foods, rigor mortis, reincarnation, and much more.

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