Books for 7th - 8th Grade
Summer Bibliographies 2003
Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia - Midnight Predator
Turquoise Draka has lived the horrors of being a vampire slave.
Now, a respected and powerful vampire hunter, she must hide
her strength and feign submissiveness to accomplish her newest
assassination mission. 248p.
Auch, Mary Jane - Ashes of Roses
Margaret Rose travels by ship to New York City in 1911. Shortly
after going to work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory she
experiences the horrific fire that kills 146 of her co-workers.
Avi - Crispin: The Cross of Lead
Recently orphaned Crispin is running for his life from the
14th century village that is the only home he's known.
He teams up with a traveling performer to follow the clues
to his true identity and find the reason why so many people
want him dead. Newbery Medal Winner 2003. 262p.
Bauer, Joan - Stand Tall
It's tough being a teenager! At 6'3" tall, Tree's
unusual height is only one of his problems. His parents have
recently divorced and he's terrible at basketball despite
his height. 182p.
Booth, Teena - Falling from Fire
Between her good-looking mother and her rowdy older sister,
Teri feels totally invisible. Only after her family's
house burns down do people start to notice her. 201p.
Brenaman, Miriam - Evvy's
Evvy desires independence and education at a time when most
women had neither. While her father is away fighting for the
Confederacy, Evvy fights to hold her plantation home together,
discovering long-held family secrets and forbidden romances
along the way. 209p.
Cabot, Meg - All-American Girl
Samantha has just saved the life of the president. Sam adores
her older sister's bad-boy boyfriend Jack, but now that
she's met the president's handsome son, her feelings
may be changing. 247p.
Cooney, Caroline B. - Goddess of Yesterday
On a small isle in ancient Greece, Anaxandra is the sole survivor
of a deadly raid. Disguised as a Greek princess who died in
the attack, she accompanies the vain Helen of Troy in order
to protect Helen's infant son from death. 263p.
Cross, Gillian - Phoning a Dead Man
Hayley's brother dies in a suspicious explosion. She
accompanies his fiancé to Siberia to investigate what
really happened and finds herself involved with the Russian
Draper. Sharon M. - Double Dutch
Delia can jump rope better than almost anyone, but she can't
read. She's kept her secret for years, but now she has
to pass the proficiency exams to compete in the world championship
and she knows there's no way. 183p.
Fine, Anne - Up on Cloud Nine
Stolly fell from his upstairs window and is now in critical
condition. Ian, his best friend, waits by Stolly's hospital
bed wondering whether his friend could have jumped. 151p.
Farmer, Nancy - The House of the Scorpion
In a distant future, human clones are treated like animals,
but Matt lives comfortably as the privileged clone of a wealthy
drug lord. It is only as his master's heart starts to
fail and a replacement must be found that Matt realizes he's
in danger. 380p.
Halam, Ann - Dr.
Semirah Garson is shocked when her airplane crashes in the
middle of the ocean and she and two other passengers are the
only survivors on a deserted island. But when Dr. Franklin,
a mad scientist, "rescues" them, Semi realizes
that the horror has just begun. 245p.
Jeapes, Ben - The Xenocide Mission
Joel's space tour with the Commonwealth is downright
dull, until SkySpy is attacked by an alien race known for its
violence. As one of few survivors from his post, Joel must
keep the XC aliens from learning how to use jump-through technology
to attack Earth. 387p.
Johnston, Julie - In Spite of Killer Bees
Aggie and her sisters feel their luck changing when they find
themselves heirs to their grandfather's estate. But,
the sisters must live with their crazy aunt in a town where
no one trusts them. 253p.
McKinley, Robin - Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits
Mermaids, deadly sea serpents, enchanted desert pools, sea-crossed
lovers, and more are featured in this collection of fantasy
stories about the magic of the waters of the world. 266p.
McLaren, Clemence - Aphrodite's
Atalanta, Andromeda, and Psyche fight against marrying their
desig-nated husbands in order to marry the men they already
Peck, Richard Newton - Horse Thief
Even after losing two fingers trying, Tullis still wants to
ride a bull long enough to earn rodeo glory. When his rodeo
shuts down and the horses are being sold for dog food, Tullis
recruits some friends and turns horse thief. 231p.
Pratchett, Terry - The Amazing Maurice and His Educated
A talking cat, a band of smart rats and a pipe-playing boy
team up to pull a pied piper scam in towns across the land.
They are doing quite well, until they try to scam the town
of Bad Blintz. 241p.
Rallison, Janette - Playing the Field
McKay needs a better algebra grade so he can keep playing baseball.
Could beautiful classmate Serena be the tutor he's looking
Sheldon, Dyan - My Perfect Life
Ella's absolutely perfect, yet sometimes boring life
is jazzed up when her best friend nominates her to run for
school president against the ruthless and popular Carla Santini.
Tolan, Stephanie S. - Surviving the Applewhites
Jake is trouble. He's been kicked out of Traybridge Middle
School after a record-short three weeks. Now he's sent
to a home school run by the Applewhites, a talented but scatter-brained
family of artists. 216p.
Weatherly, Lee - Child X
Jules' biggest concern in life is the upcoming theater
auditions. That is, until her father leaves. Now she's
the center of a scandal on the nightly news and her own father
won't talk to her. 210p.
Yolen, Jane - Girl in a Cage
During the English invasion of Scotland in 1306, Scottish Princess
Marjorie is taken prisoner by her father's enemy, King
Edward, and displayed in a cage for all to see. 234p.
Prepared by Amanda Blau, Jeni Robinson, Julie Runge, May 2003