Books for 7th - 8th Grade
Summer Bibliographies 2005
Anderson, M.T. - The Game of Sunken Places
Gregory and his friend Brian accept an invitation to stay with
his eccen-tric Uncle Max. While exploring Max's creepy
house, the two find an old board game which draws them into
a world where they must fight for their lives against axe-wielding
trolls and blood-thirsty ogres. 260p.
Bass, L.G. - Sign of the Qin
In ancient China, a son of the emperor is born with a birthmark
on his face—a sign that he may be a reincarnated Starlord,
destined to battle the Lord of Death and save humanity. Kung
fu fighters and magical creatures join the young Starlord and
help prepare him for the Final Battle. 383p.
Cabot, Meg - Teen Idol
Jenny dishes advice for the "Ask Annie" column
in her school newspaper but when Hollywood hottie Luke Stryker
comes to town, he convinces her to take some of her own advice.
Colfer, Eoin - The Supernaturalist
Cosmo nearly dies trying to escape from a brutal orphanage
and is rescued by a gang of Supernaturalists, kids who share
Cosmo's psychic ability to see supernatural creatures
who feed on the life force of humans. 267p.
Cooley, Beth - Ostrich Eye
Ginger's sure that the stranger trying to contact her
is her long-lost father. When the man disappears with her little
sister, Ginger is horrified to learn that she may not have
handed her sister over to their father, but to a dangerous
Creech, Sharon - Heartbeat
Annie loves to run—barefoot and free. She wants to keep
it that way, but the track coach and her friend Max keep pressuring
her to compete. 180p.
Cummings, Priscilla - Red Kayak
Brady's friends play a prank on their wealthy neighbors
that ends in tragedy. When Brady discovers the truth he must
decide what to do, knowing that his decision will affect the
lives of all involved. 209p.
Farmer, Nancy - Sea of Trolls
Jack and his sister Lucy are kidnapped by Viking Berserkers
who intend to take them their rulers, King Ivar the Boneless
and his half-troll queen, Frith. Jack must use what little
magic he has learned as a Bard's apprentice to survive
the perilous journey. 459p.
Feinstein, John - Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery
Steve wins the Basketball Writers' Association contest,
earning a trip to the Final Four as a working journalist. While
trying to snag an interview with a major player, Steve stumbles
onto a plot to fix the final game. 251p.
Flake, Sharon - Who Am I Without Him?
Eight very different girls tell about the men in their lives
in this series of short stories that run from outrageous to
humorous and touching. 168p.
Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales
A collection of spine-tingling and often mind-bending stories
by some of the most today's most original authors. 263p.
Hogan, Mary - The Serious Kiss
Libby knows her tutor Zack is her best chance for her first
serious kiss, not to mention a decent grade in geometry. Her
father's alcoholism forces the family to move to a distant
trailer park and Libby's serious kiss is farther away
than ever. 240p.
Jocelyn, Marthe - Mable Riley: A Reliable Record of
Humdrum, Peril and Romance
Mable accompanies her older sister on a teaching assignment
to a small Canadian town in 1901. Mable's adventurous
spirit leads her into the middle of the suffragette movement,
and into trouble with her sister and most of the townsfolk.
Kaaberbol, Lene - The
Dina's mother is sentenced to death in the dragon pits
for refusing to condemn an innocent man. Dina must use her
magical power to see the hidden shame in people to solve three
royal murders and save her mother. This story continues in
The Shamer's Signet. 235p.
Konigsburg, E.L. - The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place
When her malicious cabin mates at camp start bullying her and
the adults do nothing, Margaret reacts with passive resistance.
No one knows quite what to do with a girl who can't be
Leavitt, Martine - Heck, Superhero
After his mentally ill-mother abandons him, Heck wanders the
streets alternating between his harsh reality and the superhero
persona he has created for himself. 144p.
Morpurgo, Michael - Private Peaceful
Tom Peaceful and his older brother face the horrors of life
as soldiers on the front lines and in the trenches during World
War I. 202p.
Oppel, Kenneth - Airborn
Matthew expected hard work as a cabin boy on the luxury passenger
airship, the Aurora. However, he didn't figure on pirates,
flying man-eating cats, and an exasperatingly spunky girl named
Shusterman, Neal - The Schwa Was Here
Anthony befriends the "weird kid" named Calvin
Schwa. The Schwa has the uncanny ability to go about completely
unnoticed. When the boys use his power against a rich old man,
they are discovered and the real adventures begin. 228p.
Sonnenblick, Jordan - Drums,
Girls, & Dangerous
Steven sees himself as a wisecracking geek who doesn't
stand a chance with Renee, the cutest girl in 8th grade. When
his kid brother becomes seriously ill, family pressures mount
and Steven seeks comfort in his drums and Renee. 182p.
Stolz, Joelle - The Shadows of Ghadames
In 19th century Libya, men and women lead separate lives. Malika,
who is approaching adolescence, can no longer walk in the street
but must travel on rooftops. She mourns her loss of freedom
but is intrigued by this new secret world of women. 119p.
Sutherland, Tui - This Must Be Love
Helena and Hermia want Dmitri and Alex to ask them out. They
drop clues, but the boys don't get it. In fact, who-likes-who
gets all mixed up, but the girls sort everything out in their
journals and emails. 242p.
Westerfeld, Scott - The Secret Hour
Jessica discovers the secret 25th hour when time is frozen
and the dangerous Darklings hunt her. 297p.
Winerip, Michael - Adam Canfield of The Slash
Adam and Jennifer are the new co-editors of the school newspaper,
The Slash. While investigating a story, they discover that
their principal used money meant for the students on lavish
furnishings for her office. It's a great story, but Adam
knows it could get him expelled. 326p.
Prepared by Amanda Blau, Brian Crawford, Donna Drumtra-Froemming,