7th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 7th Graders from the Weber County Library

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Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell
Call Number:
YP 614.5112 J3794f
Description:

What happens when a person's reputation has been forever damaged? With archival photographs and text among other primary sources, this riveting biography of Mary Mallon by the Sibert medalist and Newbery Honor winner Susan Bartoletti looks beyond the tabloid scandal of Mary's controversial life.

Ghost Boys
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rhodes, Jewell Parker
Call Number:
YP F Rhodes
Description:

After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till.

The Glass Sentence
Artist/Author/Cast:
Grove, S.E.
Call Number:
YP F Grove
Description:

In 1891, in a world transformed by 1799's Great Disruption -- when all of the continents were flung into different time periods -- thirteen-year-old Sophia Tims and her friend Theo go in search of Sophia's uncle, Shadrack Elli, Boston's foremost cartologer, who has been kidnapped.

Goodbye Stranger
Artist/Author/Cast:
Stead, Rebecca
Call Number:
YP F Stead
Description:

As Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her best friends, curvacious Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend -- or more than friend -- Sherm, she finds the answer she has been seeking since she barely survived an accident at age eight: "What is my purpose?".

The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again
Artist/Author/Cast:
Tolkien, J.R.R.
Call Number:
YP F Tolkien
Description:

Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.

Artist/Author/Cast:
Paulsen, Gary
Call Number:
YP 813.54 P3322h 2003
Description:

Author Gary Paulsen relates tales from his youth in a small town in northwestern Minnesota in the late 1940s and early 1950s, such as skiing behind a souped-up car and imitating daredevil Evel Knievel.

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World
Artist/Author/Cast:
Blake, Ashley Herring
Call Number:
YP F Blake
Description:

Twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed in a tornado, and in the aftermath of the storm, she begins to develop feelings for another girl at school.

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina
Artist/Author/Cast:
Copeland, Misty
Call Number:
YP 792.8092 C7822L
Description:

The first female African American principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre history recounts her road to stardom, from her first ballet class to her rise through the professional ranks while dealing with a challenging home life.

The Line Tender
Artist/Author/Cast:
Allen, Kate
Call Number:
YP F Allen
Description:

When a Great White shark appears in the water near in her sleepy Rockport community, triggering a devastating tragedy, a 12-year-old girl must pick up the work of her late marine-biologist mother to lift the cloud of grief hanging over her community.

The Lions of Little Rock
Artist/Author/Cast:
Levine, Kristin
Call Number:
YP F Levine
Description:

In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy twelve-year-old Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration, but her friendship with Liz, a new student, helps her find her voice and fight against racism.

Little Rock Girl 1957: How a Photograph Changed the Fight for Integration
Artist/Author/Cast:
Tougas, Shelley
Call Number:
YP 379.263 T7228L 2012
Description:

Explores and analyzes the historical context and significance of the newspaper photograph of African American Elizabeth Eckford trying to enter Little Rock, Arkansas's all-white Central High School in 1957.

Navigating Early
Artist/Author/Cast:
Vanderpool, Clare
Call Number:
YP F Vanderpool
Description:

Two boys embark on a quest on the Appalachian Trail, where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.

A Place to Belong
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kadohata, Cynthia
Call Number:
YP F Kadohata
Description:

Twelve-year-old Hanako and her family, reeling from their confinement in an internment camp, renounce their American citizenship to move to Hiroshima, a city devastated by the atomic bomb dropped by Americans.

Redwall
Artist/Author/Cast:
Jacques, Brian
Call Number:
YP F Jacques
Description:

When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy.

Refugee
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gratz, Alan
Call Number:
YP F Gratz
Description:

Separated by decades, Josef, a Jew living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a girl trying to escape unrest in 1994 Cuba; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence, embark on journeys in search of refuge.

The Rithmatist
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sanderson, Brandon
Call Number:
YP F Sanderson
Description:

As Wild Chalklings threaten the American Isles and Rithmatists are humanity's only defense, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice.

Roller Girl
Artist/Author/Cast:
Jamieson, Victoria
Call Number:
YP F Jamieson
Description:

A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.

Sal & Gabi Break the Universe
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hernandez, Carlos
Call Number:
YP F Hernandez
Description:

 In order to heal after his mother's death, thirteen-year-old Sal learns to reach into time and space to retrieve thing, and people, from other universes.

Slider
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hautman, Pete
Call Number:
YP F Hautman
Description:

Entering the world's greatest pizza-eating contest after secretly putting thousands of dollars onto his mother's credit card, a young competitive eater finds his efforts complicated by family denial about his younger brother's autism.

Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and the War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America
Artist/Author/Cast:
Jarrow, Gail
Call Number:
J070.43 J3794s
Description:

Describes the panic induced when listeners believed Orson Welles' radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds" to be news of an alien invasion, discussing the context in which the broadcast was aired and why it was so convincing.

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