Books for 7th - 8th Grade
Summer Bibliographies 2010
During the Summer of 2010, look for these books on the graded display shelves at the beginning of the J Fiction Collection!
Berry, Julie - The Amaranth Enchantment
Orphaned and living with her uncle, Lucinda’s life is turned upside down when a mysterious woman, a charming prince, and a pickpocket all come to her uncle’s shop on the same day. 308 p.
Brande, Robin - Fat Cat
In her attempt to have a winning science project about early Neanderthals, Cat adopts a prehistoric lifestyle. She gives up using technology, walks everywhere and eats an all-natural diet, with surprising results. 330p.
Carter, Ally - Heist Society
Katarina has tried to walk away from her family of thieves and scam artists, but is pulled back into their lives when her father is threatened. Katarina must prove that he didn’t commit an international art heist. 287 p.
Collard, Sneed B. - Double Eagle
While spending the summer with his dad on an island in the Gulf, Mike and his friend Kyle find a Confederate gold coin in an abandoned military fort. Is it evidence that a rumored Civil War treasure may really exists? 245 p.
Cooney, Caroline B. - If the Witness Lied
Jack’s life feels like a soap opera: his mom died of cancer, his dad died in a car wreck, and now his aunt is trying to sell his family’s tragic life to be developed into a reality TV show. 213p.
Dahme, Joanne - The Plague
Nell’s resemblance to Princess Joan leads her to act as a body double on the princess’s trip to marry the Prince of Castile. When the princess dies from the Black Plague, Nell is forced to take Joan’s place as the bride! 272 p.
Elliott, Patricia - Pale Assassin
Eugénie flees France during the bloody revolution and must leave behind the privileged life she dearly loved. 336p.
Eulberg, Elizabeth - The Lonely Hearts Club
Penny Lane is fed up with boys, so she forms The Lonely Hearts Club with the motto “stay true to your girl friends,” and swears off boys completely. 290 p.
Green, Tim - Baseball Great
After Josh’s father gets cut from the minor leagues, he directs his baseball mania at Josh. He pulls Josh off his school team and makes him join a strict, super-competitive travel team. 250p.
Hardinge, Frances - The Lost Conspiracy
Terrifying things are going on in the world in which Hathin and her sister Arilou live, and the two must prove they are not responsible for the murders of their island’s many oracles. 568 p.
Hartnett, Sonya - The Ghost’s Child
When Matilda returns to her cottage one day, she finds a strange boy on her sofa. She offers him tea and tells him the odd, enchanted story of her life. 176 p.
Hemphill, Michael - Stonewall Hinkleman and the Battle of Bull Run
Stonewall thinks that being dragged to Civil War re-enactments by his parents is really lame, but then an old bugle transports him into the heat of battle at the real Bull Run. 168 p.
Henderson, Jason - Vampire Rising
Alex Van Helsing, a new student at an elite boarding school, is attacked by a fanged creature in the woods and stumbles onto a secret vampire-hunting society that needs his help. 249 p.
House, Silas - Eli the Good
America is celebrating its 200th birthday during the summer of 1976, and Eli’s life should be carefree. Instead he is forced to deal with many secrets including his father’s Vietnam War flashbacks, a sick aunt, and his friend’s abusive home life. 295 p.
Korman, Gordon - Pop
Marcus‘s chances of making quarterback on his school’s football team aren’t good until he meets Charlie, a retired NFL player who could teach him a lot. But Charlie has a secret that his family is desperate to hide. 260p.
Lasky, Kathryn - Ashes
In 1932 Berlin, Gaby’s family is becoming uneasy about Germany’s frightening future. As Hitler rises to power and enormous pyres are lit to burn books, they realize that big decisions must be made. 318 p.
Lytton, Deborah A. - Jane in Bloom
Jane expected to get a digital camera and pierced ears for her birthday. Instead, she once again has to take second best to her sister who lands in the hospital with a very serious case of anorexia. 182 p.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds - Faith, Hope, & Ivy June
Ivy June is from a poor family in the Kentucky hills, while Catherine is from a middle-class family in Lexington. The girls participate in an exchange program and learn that while their homes and communities are different, many things about their 7th grade lives are similar. 280 p.
Paulsen, Gary - Notes from the Dog
Finn plans on spending the summer days with his friend Matthew and his amazing dog, Dylan. But when Johanna – cool, older, and funny – moves across the street, Finn’s life will never be the same. 133 p.
Rollins, James - Jake Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow
Jake and Kady’s world-renowned archeologist parents disappeared three years ago. While attending an exhibit of Mayan artifacts discovered by their parents, the two are transported to a strange land where they must battle the evil Skull King. 399 p.
Shaw, Susan - One of the Survivors
Joey and Maureen are the only students from Mr. Austen’s history class to survive a fire in their school. When they are accused of arson, Joey is forced to examine what really happened leading up to the fire. 199 p.
Westerfeld, Scott - Leviathan
A war is brewing between the Clanker Powers with their mechanical tanks and the Darwinists with their genetically engineered beasts. When Deryn’s Darwinist airship crashes in enemy territory, she meets a Clanker named Alek, and the two try to save their world from ruin. 440 p.
Wrede, Patricia C. - Thirteenth Child
Eff is an unlucky 13th child while her twin brother Lan, is the lucky, magical 7th son of a 7th son. Their parents move the family to the frontier, away from gossip and superstition. As she grows up, Eff learns how use her magic to control the dangerous prehistoric and magical beasts that inhabit the Western frontier. 344 p.
Prepared by Colleen Morrison, Diane Jakosz, Sharon Hyrcewicz, May 2010