Books for 7th - 8th Grade
Summer Bibliographies 2011
During the Summer of 2011, look for these books on the graded display shelves at the beginning of the J Fiction Collection!
Arbuthnott, Gill - The Keepers’ Tattoo
Nyssa has lived a quiet, sheltered life when the evil Shadowmen come looking for her. She slowly learns the secrets of her nightmares, her unusual tattoo, and her murdered family, which are all part of her true identity. 425 p.
Barnhouse, Rebecca - The Coming of the Dragon
Rune, a quiet orphan, finds himself leading King Beowulf and his warriors in a battle against a dragon that has been terrorizing the countryside. 311 p.
Fleischman, Sid - Sir Charlie Chaplin, the Funniest Man in the World
Charlie dreams of escaping from the slums of London. When he lands a part in a Vaudeville act, it propels him to fame as a major movie star in Hollywood. This biography tells the fascinating story of the boy who would become the comedic legend, Charlie Chaplin. 268 p.
Cottrell Boyce, Franl - Cosmic
Extraordinarily tall Liam pretends to be his friend’s dad so they can be the first to try out an exclusive new amusement park ride - which just so happens to be a ride into space! 313 p.
David, Keren - When I Was Joe
Ty is the only witness to a violent murder so he goes into witness protection, living a new, improved life - but those involved in the murder will stop at nothing to silence him. 364 p.
Deuker, Carl - Payback Time
Mitch, his school’s sports reporter, senses there’s a hidden story in Angel, a talented football player that the coach has brought onto the team. As Mitch digs into Angel’s past, his investigation stirs up a lot of trouble for everyone. 298 p.
Greenwald, Lisa - Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes
When a blizzard closes down school on Valentine’s Day, three best friends hatch a plan to bake and distribute homemade fortune cookies throughout their Brooklyn apartment building, trying to bring a bit of romance and togetherness to their neighbors. 291 p.
Gosselink, John - The Defense of Thaddeus A. Ledbetter
Thaddeus tells his version of the events that led up to the first ever In-School Suspension at Crooked Creek Middle School, which he will be serving for the entire semester. 231 p.
Hawes, Jason - Ghost Hunt: Chilling Tales of the Unknown
This collection of spooky ghost stories is based on the true case files investigated by the Atlanta Paranormal Society and the stars of the show Ghost Hunters. 218 p.
Kadohata, Cynthia - A Million Shades of Gray
Y’Tin wants nothing more than to spend time with his beloved elephant, but he is forced to fight for his life when North Vietnamese troops attack his remote South Vietnamese village in 1973. 216 p.
Kent, Rose - Rocky Road
Tess is not happy when her mother moves the family from Texas to New York and uses all of their money to open an ice cream shop. She knows that her mother’s enthusiastic high will eventually be followed by the depressive crash of her bipolar disorder. 295 p.
McCaughrean, Geraldine - The Death - Defying Pepper Roux
On the night he was born, Pepper’s malicious aunt has a vision of his death when he turns fourteen. Now that this birthday is here, he tries to outrun death by pretending to be a number of different people. 328 p.
McMullan, Margaret - Sources of Light
When Sam and her mom move to Jackson, Mississippi in 1962, they aren’t accepted into their new conservative community because they are liberals and accepting towards blacks. Their lives become difficult and dangerous when Sam’s mom starts dating a Civil Rights activist. 233 p.
Meyer, Carolyn - The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette
Marie-Antoinette’s childhood is full of fun and frivolity and she continues that lifestyle after she is sent to marry the young dauphin of France. Eventually she and her family are imprisoned during a French Revolution - but how did they end up there? 420 p.
Omololu, C.J. - Dirty Little Secrets
Lucy has managed to keep her mom’s extreme hoarding under wraps for years. Desperate to keep this secret from the authorities, Lucy plans a two-day clean-up that could change her life. 212 p.
Perkins, Lynne Rae - As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth
Ry encounters one calamity after another when a train strands him in the middle of nowhere, penniless, phoneless, and clueless. How is he going to get back home when no one even knows he’s missing? 352 p.
Senzai, N.H. - Shooting Kabul
Fadi enters a photography contest at school, hoping to win the Grand Prize - a trip to India. This will give him the chance to search for his little sister who was left behind when the family fled from Pakistan and the Taliban. 262 p.
Shulman, Mark - SCRAWL
Tod Munn, a self-professed bully, gets busted and his punishment is detention - and to write daily in a detention notebook under the watchful eye of his counselor. As this punishment progresses, Tod’s bad attitude improves and he finds there’s more to him than the loser he’s always believed himself to be. 234 p.
Shulman, Polly - The Grimm Legacy
Elizabeth’s new job as a page for the New York Circulating Material Repository allows her access to the mysterious Grimm Collection - a collection of magical artifacts from the fairy tale world. When some of the objects disappear, Elizabeth and the other pages try to catch the thief. 325 p.
VanDraanen, Wendelin - The Running Dream
Jessica, a star sprinter for her track team, loses her leg in a tragic accident. She slowly learns to walk with a prosthetic leg, but the idea of ever running again seems like a distant dream. 336 p.
VandeVelde, Vivian - Cloaked in Red
Everyone knows the story of Little Red Riding Hood with the hood, the granny, and the wolf… but this collection offers eight updated versions that turn the classic story upside-down and inside out! 127 p.
Prepared by Diane Jakosz, Sarah Kittelson, and Colleen Morrison, May 2011
Whitman, Emily - Wildwing
After Addy gets into another fight, she must leave school and work as a maid for an elderly man. She discovers a time machine in the house, which transports her to the Middle Ages where she is mistaken for the castle lord’s intended bride. 359 p.