Books for 7th - 8th Grade
Summer Bibliographies 2002
Alphin, Elaine Marie - Ghost Soldier
Alexander has always been able to see ghosts and on a trip
to North Carolina with his Father he finds himself transported
back in time into the middle of a Civil War battle. 216p.
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell - Black
Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845 – 1850
the potato crop failed for five years in a row, one million
Irish died and two million fled to the United States. This
is a riveting and personal look at the suffering of the Irish
people during the great Potato Famine of 1845 – 1850.
Cabot, Meg - Princess in Love
that Mia, the reluctant Princess of Genovia, finally has a
boy-friend, she has other things to worry about. Like the
fact that finals are coming up, her boyfriend hasn't
asked her to the winter dance, and she must leave for Genovia
the day after the dance! 240p.
Clements, Andrew - Things Not Seen
Philips wakes up one morning to discover that he isn't
really there—he's invisible! Bobby and his parents
scramble to figure out why he's invisible while the school
truant officer is after him. 251p.
Cooney, Caroline B. - The Ransom of Mercy Carter
In the deadly cold winter of 1704, the Mohawk Indians ransack
a settlement and take Mercy Carter captive. After a grueling
300-mile march to Canada, Mercy lives with the Mohawk tribe
while waiting and hoping that her family can afford the ransom.
Mermaids, centaurs, scarecrows and other creatures discover
what it means to be not-quite-human in this collection of short
Crossley-Holland, Kevin - The Seeing Stone
the year 1199, Arthur de Caldicot receives a strange stone
from a family friend, Merlin. The magical stone slowly reveals
the legend of King Arthur, whose life closely resembles Arthur's.
Dickinson, Peter - The Ropemaker
the magical defenses that protect Tilja's valley
begin to fade, she joins others on a perilous journey to find
the ancient magician who originally cast the protective spells.
Ellis, Deborah - The Breadwinner
In Afghanistan during the rule of the Taliban, Parvana disguises
herself as a boy and goes into the streets of Kabul to earn
money to support her family. She risks beatings and even death
if her secret is discovered. 170p.
Hautman, Pete - Hole in the Sky
the future, a plague has claimed the lives of 5 billion people.
Ceej and his family are threatened by a militant group
of survivors called the Kinka who carry the plague and are
trying to rid the earth of those who aren't infected.
Hoffman, Alice - Aquamarine
and Hailey spend their last summer together at a beach club
that will be closing at the end of the summer. A fierce
storm washes many ocean creatures into the club's pool,
including a mermaid named Aquamarine whom they decide to rescue.
Horowitz, Anthony - Stormbreaker
Alex's life is turned upside down when he discovers
the uncle he lives with was killed while spying for the British
government. Alex decides to join MI6 and continue his uncle's
Kerr, M.E. - Slap Your Sides
World War II, with patriotism high in his hometown, Jubal is
unsure whether to support his Quaker family's
pacifist beliefs or the U.S. war effort. 197p.
Kindl, Patrice - Goose Chase
Rather than marry a cruel king or a dim-witted prince, an
enchanted goose girl escapes from her suitors and undergoes
many trials (like being captured by ogresses) before learning
exactly who she is. 214p.
Matthews, Kezi - Scorpio's
Afton never knew that she had an Uncle Bailey until
he appears at her family's home, a strange, disturbed
man. Afton takes it upon herself to discover the mystery that
him, not knowing that her discovery will have an immense effect
on her family. 152p.
Naidoo, Beverley - The Other Side of Truth
After their mother is murdered, Nigeria is no longer a safe
place for Sade and her brother. Their father has them smuggled
into Great Britain, but finding their way proves to be a real
challenge when their escort abandons them on the streets of
Paulsen, Gary - Caught by the Sea: My Life on Boats
author didn't know anything about sailing when he
bought his first boat and set out on his maiden voyage. That
turns out to be a problem when a killer wave hits his boat
and he fights to keep it afloat. 101p.
Pearson, Mary E. - Scribbler of Dreams
The feud between the Malones and the Crutchfields is a bitter
one that has lasted for generations. When Kaitlin Malone falls
for Bram Crutchfield, she must hide her identity from Bram
and his family or lose the love they have found. 223p.
Rees, Celia - Witch Child
England in 1659, Mary Newbury's only family, her
grandmother, is hanged for witchcraft. Now an orphan, Mary
boards a ship bound for America but fears that the Puritan
group she's joined will discover her secret and accuse
her of witchcraft as well. 261p.
Salisbury, Graham - Lord of the Deep
Mikey works for his stepfather on a deep-sea fishing boat
in Hawaii. During a record breaking catch, he learns to take
risks and make hard choices. 182p.
Shan, Darren - Cirque Du Freak: The Saga of Darren
Darren and Steve are drawn to an illegal freak show
where they encounter a vampire and his deadly spider. Their
fascination with this gruesome duo changes both boys' lives
Shusterman, Neal - The Shadow Club Rising
when Jared thinks he's overcome his reputation
for revenge and practical jokes, a new kid comes to town. When
bad things happen to a him, everyone suspects Jared who must
prove his innocence. 200p.
Van Draanen, Wendelin - Flipped
Juli first saw Bryce and his beautiful blue eyes, she flipped.
That was back in second grade. Ever since then, Bryce
has done his best to ditch Juli…until something happens
in eighth grade that flips the whole situation. 212p.
Weaver, Will - Memory Boy
2008, two years after Mt. Rainier erupted and sent volcanic
ash over the entire U.S., Miles's family tries to escape
the vast environmental disaster. He helps them survive in the
wilderness using his phenomenal memory and mechanical skills.
Prepared by SL, CM and JAJ, May 2002