Book List - 7th-8th (Rising)

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7th and 8th Grades

Books may be listed in more than one genre!

Series (in some cases, the name of the series is listed, in others, just the title of the first book in the series)
Princess Academy     Shannon Hale
Time Quartet (Wrinkle in Time and sequels)
Chasing Vermeer     Blue Balliet
The Mysterious Benedict Society Trenton Lee Stewart
Anne of Green Gables     L.M. Montgomery
The Underland Chronicles    Suzanne Collins
The Penderwicks        Jeanne Birdsall
Chronicles of Prydain         Lloyd Alexander
The Missing (series)        Margaret Peterson Haddix
Homelanders (series)         Andrew Klavan
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Series of Unfortunate Events       Lemony Snicket
The City of Ember           Jeanne DuPrau
Redwall                Brian Jacques
The Prisoner of Cell 25   
    Michael Vey

Fairy Tales
You’re not too old for fairy tales! They are NOT at all like the Disney versions.

The Princess and the Goblin            George MacDonald
At the Back of the North Wind        George MacDonald
The Wise Old Woman and other tales     George MacDonald
The Blue Fairy Book                         Andrew Lang
The Red Fairy Book                “”
The Yellow Fairy Book            “”
The Pink Fairy Book                “”
The Green Fairy Book             “”
The White Fairy Book                “”

All the original fairy tales you could think of, from pretty much anywhere in the world, are in the Andrew Lang collections, but you can also look for collections of the Brothers Grimm tales, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, or a non-Western collections of folk and fairy tales. There are many, many choices, for ALL ages. Fairy Tale Adaptations Princess of the Midnight Ball (and others in the Westfalin series) Jessica Day George The Goose Girl Shannon Hale The Book of a Thousand Days Shannon Hale
Historical Fiction
(this category has SO many possibilities, especially for this reading level, that I can’t even get close to listing all the great options! For specific time periods or interests, ask Mrs. Meester or your local librarian for more suggestions!)

The Golden Goblet            Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Eagle of the Ninth              Rosemary Sutcliffe
A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver    E.L. Konisburg
The Door in the Wall           Marguerite deAngeli
Flame Over Tara                Madeleine Polland
Catherine, Called Birdy      Karen Cushman
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle    Avi
The Sign of the Beaver      Elizabeth George Speare
Esperanza Rising               Pam Munoz Ryan
Number the Stars               Lois Lowry
A Long Walk to Water        Linda Sue Park
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry    Mildred D. Taylor
Island of the Blue Dolphins    Scott O’Dell
Call of the Wild                  Jack London
Carry On, Mr, Bowditch    Jean Lee Latham
Caddie Woodlawn             Carol Ryrie Brink
The Great Turkey Walk     Kathleen Karr
The Great Wheel               Robert Lawson
By the Great Horn Spoon    Sid Fleischman
The Winged Watchman     Hilda van Stockum
Little Britches                     Ralph Moody
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson  Bette Bao Lord
A Single Shard                   Linda Sue Park
God King                           Joanne Williamson
Any of G.A. Henty’s works

Informational Books
The Way People Live series        various authors
Basher Science series
Books by David Macaulay
Get to know your Dewey Decimal system! Choose a topic you want to learn about and go find it!
Also, you can ask Mrs. Meester or your local librarians!

Nancy Drew (series)
Hardy Boys (series)
The Westing Game
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
When You Reach Me
Chasing Vermeer
The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency
The Second Mrs. Giaconda
Sherlock Holmes       

Classic Poetry (anthology)    Michael Rosen (editor)   
A Treasury of Poetry for Young People   
National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry

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