• Reading list suggestions for students entering 7th grade

    Good Night, Maman by NormaFox Mazer.  After spending years fleeing from the Nazis in war-torn Europe, twelve-year-old Karin Levi and her older brother Marc find a new home in a refugee camp in Oswego, New York.  Historical fiction.     

    Merchant of Death by Fourteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon, having learned he is a Traveler--someone who can ride "flumes" through time and space, is soon off to the alternative dimension of Denduron where he teams up with Loor, a girl his age from the warrior-territory of Zadaa, in an attempt to save the gentle Milago people from slavery. Science fiction.                  
     
    Fever by Laurie Halse Anderson.  Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793. Historical Fiction.              
     
    Beastly by Alexandra Flinn.  A modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form. Fantasy.                                                                                                                                                                         
    TheGadget by Paul Zindel. In 1945, having joined his father at Los Alamos, where he and other scientists are working on a secret project to end World War II, thirteen-year-old Stephen becomes caught in a web of secrecy and intrigue. Historical fiction.                                                                                                                                                                                          
    Babe and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman.  With their ability to travel through time using vintage baseball cards, Joe and his father have the opportunity to find out whether Babe Ruth really did call his shot when he hit the home run in the 1932 World Series. Sports fiction.                                                                                                                            
    A YearDown Yonder by Richard Peck. During the recession of 1937, fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to live with her feisty, larger-than-life grandmother in rural Illinois and comes to a better understanding of this fearsome woman. Historical Fiction.                                                                                                                                                                                          
    Iron Thunder: The Battle Between the Monitor and the Merrimac by Avi. Thirteen-year-old Tom Carroll takes his place as head of the family after his father dies fighting for the Union; but his job at the local ironworks, where he helps build an iron ship for the Union army, and his loyalty come into question when he is approached by Confederate spies to sell secrets about the ship to the South. Historical fiction.                                                                                                                                 

    The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan.  Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for "bad kids," find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself. Fantasy. First book of the Heroes of Olympus series.                                        

    Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney. A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie on a search for her real identity.  Realistic Fiction.  
     
    If the Witness Lied by Caroline Cooney. After their family is torn apart by tragedies and the publicity that they brought, siblings Smithy, Jack, and Madison try to pull together and protect their brother from further media exploitation and a much more sinister threat. Realistic fiction.
     
    City of Ember  by Jeanne DuPrau.  In the city of Ember, twelve-year-old Lina, trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.  Fantasy.
     
    My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald.  When the family's drugstore is failing, seventh-grader Lucy uses her problem solving talents to come up with solution that might resuscitate the business, along with helping the environment. Realistic fiction. 
     
    Matched by Ally Condie.  The Society has made all her choices for her -- what to read, what to watch, what to believe --so Cassia is not sure what to think when at her matching ceremony a second face appears for a split second on the screen. Confused and disoriented, Cassia can't decide whether to spend the rest of her life with Xander as Society dictates or acknowledge her love for Ky, which will lead to a path no one else has dared to go. Science Fiction.  First book in the Matched trilogy. 
     
    Hoggee by Anna Myers. Always overshadowed by his competitive older brother, especially in their work as mule drivers on the Erie Canal, fourteen-year-old Howard finally finds the courage to pursue his dreams of becoming an educator after he learns about sign language and teaches it to his deaf friend in nineteenth-century New York State.  Historical fiction.
     
    Eragon by Paolini.  In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters. First book of the Inheritance series.  Fantasy.
     
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel, a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. Historical Fiction. Printz Honor book.
     
    Dragon’s Gate by Laurence Yep. When he accidentally kills a Manchu, a fifteen-year-old Chinese boy is sent to America to join his father, an uncle, and other Chinese working to build a tunnel for the transcontinental railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1867. Historical fiction.
     
    Cracker! : The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata. A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing German shepherd.  Historical fiction.
     
    Petey by Ben Mickaelsen.  In 1922 Petey, who has cerebral palsy, is misdiagnosed as an idiot and institutionalized; sixty years later, still in the institution, he befriends a boy and shares with him the joy of life. Realistic Fiction.
     
    Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. When one of their tightly-knit group mysteriously disappears, four high school girls find their friendship difficult to maintain when they begin receiving taunting messages from someone who seems to know everything about their past and present secrets. First book in the Pretty Little Liars series.  Mystery.
     
    The Boy Who Dared by Susan Bartoletti. Novel based on the true story of a Hitler Youth.  In October 1942, seventeen-year-old Helmuth Hubener, imprisoned for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets, recalls his past life and how he came to dedicate himself to bring the truth about Hitler and the war to the German people.  Historical Fiction.
     
    Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series by John Feinstein.  While covering baseball's World Series, teenage sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol investigate a rookie pitcher whose evasive answers during an interview reveal more than a few contradictions in his life story. Sports fiction.
     
    The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. Science fiction.
     
    Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.  Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear when a meteor knocks the moon closer to earth causing natural disasters.  How will she and her family survive?  First book in The Last Survivors series. Science Fiction.
     
    Peter and the Starcatchers by DaveBarry. Peter, an orphan boy, and his friend Molly fight off thieves and pirates in order to keep the secret safe away from the diabolical Black Stache and his evil associate Mister Grin. Fantasy.
     
    Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld.  In an alternate 1914 Europe, 15 year old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically engineered beasts. Science Fiction.
     
    Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War. Historical Fiction.
     
    Free Baseball by Sue Corbett.  Eleven-year-old Felix becomes a bat boy for a minor league baseball team, hoping to someday be like his father, a famous Cuban outfielder.  Realistic fiction.
     
    Give Me Liberty by Laura Elliott. Thirteen-year-old Nathaniel Dunn becomes a servant to a Williamsburg carriage maker and is introduced to a world of music and books; but when the colonists rise up against British oppression, Nathaniel must make a choice.  Historical Fiction.
     
    Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson. Comprehensively examines the assassination of Abraham Lincoln using rare archival material, manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the manhunters. Discusses the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth and provides a day-by-day account of the chase to find Booth and his accomplices. Non-fiction.
     
    D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths by Ingri D’Aulaire. Mighty Zeus, with his fistful of thunderbolts, Athena, goddess of wisdom, Helios the sun, greedy King Midas--here are gods, goddesses, and legendary figures of ancient Greece brought to life in the myths that have inspired great literature and art throughout the ages. Non-fiction.
     
    The Great Fire by Jim Murphy. Photographs and text, along with personal accounts of actual survivors tell the story of the great fire of 1871 in Chicago. Non-fiction. 
     
    An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793. Describes the illness known as yellow fever and the toll it took in Pennsylvania, relating the epidemic to the major social and political events of the day and to 18th-century medical beliefs and practices. Non-fiction. 

    Reading Websites:

     

    • Summer Reading at New YorkLibraries, Teen Website at
    • http://www.summerreadingnys.org/teens/teens-booklists/

     

     

    • ALA ALSC (American LibraryAssociation Association for Library Service to Children) at
    • http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia  includes links to:

     

                         - Belpre Medal
                         - Newberry Medal
                         - Wilder Medal
                         - And more...

     

    • YALSA (Young Adult LibraryServices Association) Book Awards and Book Media Lists at 
    • http://www.ala.org/yalsa/bookawards/booklists/members  includes links to:

     

                         - Best of the Best

                         - Best Fiction for Young Adults

                         - Great Graphic Novels for Teens

                         - Nonfiction for Young Adults Award

                         - Michael L. Printz Award

                         - Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

                         - Teens’ Top Ten

                         - And more...

     

    • Teen Three Apples BookWinners (New York State)
    • http://www.3applesbookaward.org/teens/index.cfm

     

    Ever wonder what’s next in aseries?  Try the KDL What’s Next website at:  http://ww2.kdl.org/libcat/whatsnext.asp


    Reading list suggestions for students entering 8th grade

    The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi.   In a dark future America that has devolved into unending civil wars, orphans Mahlia and Mouse barely escape the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities, but their fragile safety is soon threatened and Mahlia will have to risk everything if she is to save Mouse, as he once saved her. Science Fiction.

    Gym Candy by Carl Deuker.  Groomed by his father to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick Johnson, who works hard for a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life. Sports fiction. 

    Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human. Fantasy. 

    Amazing Graceby Megan Shull.  Teen superstar Grace Kincaid telephones her mother that she wants out of the multi-million dollar endorsements and celebrity, and soon she finds herself in hiding with a new name and a new identity.  Realistic fiction. 

    Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.  In Tally's world, one's 16th birthday brings an operation that transforms them from a repellent Ugly to an attractive Pretty. Tally wants to turn into a Pretty, but her friend Shay would rather risk life on the outside.  ScienceFiction.  First book in the Uglies series. 
     
    Ender’sGame by Orson Scott Card. Ender's Game is the story of Ender Wiggin, a boy genetically engineered to be a superior military mind, and bred to win Earth's long war with an alien insectoid race by completely destroying their home world. Science fiction.
     
    Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz.   After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6. Adventure fiction.  First book of the Alex Rider series.
     
    Overboard  by Elizabeth Fama.  Escaping from a sinking ferry in the waters off Sumatra, fourteen-year-old Emily fights for survival for herself and a young Indonesian boy, who draws courage from his quiet but firm Islamic faith.  Realistic fiction.
     
    BlackDuck  by Janet Lisle. Years afterwards, Ruben Hart tells the storyof how, in 1929 Newport, Rhode Island, his family and his best friend's family were caught up in the violent competition among groups trying to control the local rum-smuggling trade. Historical fiction.
     
    FootballGenius by Tim Green. Troy, a sixth-grader with an unusual gift for predicting football plays before they occur, attempts to use his ability to help his favorite team, the Atlanta Falcons, but he must first prove himself to the coach and players. Sports fiction.
     
    Redwall by Brian Jacques.  A collectionof three adventure fantasy stories in the Redwall series including "TheWall," "The Quest," and "The Warrior."  Readers will delight a new in the thrilling adventures of young Matthias as he discovers the hero within.  A tale of peaceful creatures forced to band together in battle. Fantasy.
     
    RedKayak by Priscilla Cummings. Living near the wateron Maryland's Eastern Shore, thirteen-year-old Brady and his best friends J.T.and Digger become entangled in a tragedy which tests their friendship and their ideas about right and wrong. Realistic fiction.  
     
    DoubleIdentity by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Thirteen-year-old Bethany's parents have always been overprotective, but when they suddenly drop out of sight with no explanation, leaving her with an aunt she never knew existed, Bethany uncovers shocking secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.  Science fiction.
     
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place. Science Fiction. First book in the Hunger Games series.
     
    Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick.  Relates the stories of twelve-year-old Ben, who loses his mother and his hearing in a short timeframe and decides to leave his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he has never known in New York City; and Rose, who lives with her father but feels compelled to search for what is missing in her life. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's in pictures. Realistic Fiction.
     
    Flush by Carl Hiaasen.  With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.  Realistic fiction.
     
    Travel Team by Mike Lupica.  After he is cut from his travel basketball team--the very same team that his father once led to national prominence--twelve-year-old Danny Walker forms his own team of cast-offs that might have a shot at victory. Sports fiction. 
     
    Code Orange by Caroline Cooney.  Mitty Blake considers it good luck when he finds some old medical books in his family's weekend house that focus on something he could write about for Advanced Biology class. But when he discovers an old envelope with two scabs in one of the books, the report is no longer about the grade- it's about life and death. His own. Realistic Fiction.
     
    The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. The story of a grand quest to keep the Ring of Power from falling into the hands of evil Sauron. First book in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Fantasy.
     
    Jason’s Gold by Will Hobbs.  When news ofthe discovery of gold in Canada's Yukon Territory in 1897 reaches 15-year-old Jason, he embarks on a glittering 10,000-mile journey to strike it rich. Historical Fiction.
     
    All American Girl by Meg Cabot. Sophomore Samantha Madison stops a presidential assassination attempt, is appointed teen ambassador to the United Nations, and catches the eye of the very cute First Son. Realistic Fiction.
     
    Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac. After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue. Historical fiction.
     
    A SingleShard by Linda Sue Park. Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself. Realistic Fiction. Newbery Winner.
     
    Million Dollar Throw by Lupica. Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie's family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, and Nate is frantic because his best friend Abby is going blind, so when he gets a chance to win a million dollars if he can complete a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriot's game, he is nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed. Sports fiction.
     
    Paperboy by Vince Vawter. Memphis is hot during the summer of 1959—in all sorts of ways. Things heat up even more for this novel’s narrator when he takes on a paper route that requires more social interaction—something he avoids because of his stutter.  Historical Fiction.  Newbery Honor.
     
    ANight to Remember  by Walter Lord.  Provides an account of the sinking of the"Titanic," a reputedly unsinkable ship that went down in the Atlanticon April 10, 1912 after hitting an iceberg, resulting in the deaths of over 1,500 people. Nonfiction.
     
    Hobbit, or, There and Back Again by J.R. Tolkien. Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit who only wanted to be left alone, is drawn by a wizard and a band of homeless dwarves into a quest where he confronts evil orcs, savage wolves, and the great dragon, Smaug the Magnificent. Fantasy.
     
    War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.  World War I has started and the military needs horses to move equipment, charge the enemy, and carry wounded soldiers off the battlefield. Joey, a farm horse issold to the Army. Joey misses the farmer's son, Albert, and spends the war years wondering if the war will ever end and if he will ever see Albert again.  Historical fiction. 
     
    Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan.  When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battle school, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.  Fantasy.
     
    Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix.  In 1927, at the urging of twenty-one-year-old Harriet, Mrs. Livingston reluctantly recalls her experiences at the Triangle Shirt waist factory, including miserable working conditions that led to a strike, then the fire that took the lives of her two best friends, when Harriet, the boss's daughter, was only five years old. Historical Fiction.
     
    Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley  by Sally Walker.  Tells the story of the "H. L. Hunley,"the Confederate submarine that in 1864 became the first to ever sink an enemy ship but lay missing on the ocean floor for more than a century, describing its creation, its discovery, skeletons and objects found onboard, and facial reconstructions of several crew members by forensic anthropologists. Non-fiction.
     
    Truce: The Day the Soldier’s Stopped Fighting  by Jim Murphy. Describes the Christmas truce that occurred along Western Front trenches in 1914 and features quotations from young men on both sides, a timeline, and additional source material. Non-fiction.
     
    Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot”  by Michael O. Tunnell. Describes the efforts of US Air Force Lieutenant Gail Halvorsen to aid the children in Russian-blockaded West Berlin by dropping packages filled with candy from the air. Features personal photographs, along with letters and drawings from the children of Berlin.  Non-fiction. 

    Reading Websites:

    • Summer Reading at New York Libraries, Teen Website at:  http://www.summerreadingnys.org/teens/teens-booklists/
    • ALA ALSC (American LibraryAssociation Association for Library Service to Children) at   http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia includes links to:

                         - Belpre Medal

                         - Newbery Medal

                         - Wilder Medal

                         - And more...

    • YALSA (Young Adult LibraryServices Association) Book Awards and Book Media Lists at:  http://www.ala.org/yalsa/bookawards/booklists/members

         includes links to:

                         - Best of the Best

                         - Best Fiction for Young Adults

                         - Great Graphic Novels for Teens

                         - Nonfiction for Young Adults Award

                         - Michael L. Printz Award

                         - Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

                         - Teens’ Top Ten

                         - And more...
    • Teen Three Apples Book Winners (New York State):   http://www.3applesbookaward.org/teens/index.cfm

     

    Ever wonder what’s next in a series?  Try the KDL What’s Next website at:   http://ww2.kdl.org/libcat/whatsnext.asp