Books for 7th - 8th Grade
Summer Bibliographies 2004
Barrett, Tracy - Cold in Summer
Adriadne's first friend in her new town is a shy, quiet
girl in old-fashioned clothes with a spooky habit of appearing
and disappearing in the blink of an eye. 203p.
Bryant, Jennifer - The Trial
Katie Leigh describes her thoughts in a series of poems, as
she observes and reports on the "Trial of the Century," covering
the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and murder in 1935. 169p.
Chen, Da - Wandering Warrior
An ancient prophecy has marked Luka as the next emperor of
China. In order to survive, Luka trains in the art of King
Fu, preparing to battle the evil Mogo lord, Ghengi. 322p.
Hale, Shannon - Goose Girl
When Princess Anidori's lady-in-waiting plots to take
over her throne, she disguises herself as a simple goose girl
to survive the coup. Her ability to speak to animals and her
friendship with a handsome prince help her in her efforts to
reclaim her throne and stop a pending war. 383p.
Horvath, Polly - The Canning Season
Ratchet's mother unloads her on two elderly, quirky aunts
for the summer. Stuck in the woods of Maine with Aunts Tilly
and Penpen (and a few wild bears,) Ratchet's in for the
most unusual summer of her life! 2003 National Book Award winner.
Lekuton, Joseph - Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai
on the African Savanna
Joseph juggles two very different parts of his life: going
far away to a city school, and living with his family on the
Kenyan savanna where he trains to become a Maasai warrior.
Lowry, Lois - Messenger
In the futuristic society of The Giver, Matty battles the forest
as he travels to a nearby village to help Kira make it back
to Village before the borders are closed. 169p.
Lubar, David - Flip
Taylor and Ryan, twins who are as different as they can be,
find a cache of strange alien disks that contain the personalities
of famous humans of the past. Ryan learns how to use the disks
to transform himself into legendaries like Babe Ruth and Elvis
Presley, setting himself apart from his twin. 300p.
MacPhail, Catherine - Dark Waters
Col McCann performs an uncharacteristic act of bravery when
he saves a young boy from drowning. He's uncomfortable
with the fame that his heroism brings, and he's haunted
by recurring dreams of a terrifying vision he glimpsed underwater.
Osa, Nancy - Cuba 15
While preparing for her Quinceañera, Violet Paz describes
her zany Cuban family's everyday experiences and turns
it into "Original Comedy" for her speech team competition.
Pattou, Edith - East
When a talking bear promises Rose that he will grant health
and prosperity to her family if she comes away with him, Rose
agrees. While living in the bear's magical castle, Rose
most solve a series of mysterious puzzles in order to discover
her true purpose in life. 498p.
Paulsen, Gary - The
Glass Café, or, the Stripper
and the State
Tony never dreamed of all the problems that would occur when
he decided to practice his art skills by sketching the human
figure at his mother's place of work, the Kitty Kat Klub.
Social Services gets involved and chaos reigns. 99p.
Peck, Richard - River Between Us
The Civil War has come to Grand Tower, Illinois and so have
two fascinating women from New Orleans. Tilly's family
welcomes the rich and fair Delphine and the darker-skinned
Calinda into their home and their lives. A relationship develops
that encompasses the brutality of war and personal secrets
too painful to share. 164p.
Rees, Celia - Pirates!: The True and Remarkable Adventures
of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, Female Pirates
Nancy Kington runs away from an arranged marriage, taking along
her friend Minerva, a slave from the family's Jamaican
plantation. The two girls join a pirate crew and live the swashbuckling
life of a pirate while trying to evade the pursuit of her evil
jilted fiancé, a former pirate himself. 379p.
Rees, Douglas - Vampire High
After flunking out of the local public high school, Cody has
two choices: attend either Our Lady of Perpetual Homework or
the Vlad Dracul Magnet School. He picks Dracul Magnet, where
the other students are all ghostly pale and have a taste for
Ritter, John H. - The Boy Who Saved Baseball
An old ballpark will be bulldozed if Tom Gallagher and his
teammates can't win a baseball game against a rival team.
When a mysterious kid named Cruz de la Cruz comes to town,
he says he knows the secret of hitting. Can he help Dilltontown
keep the ballpark? 216p.
Shusterman, Neal - Full Tilt
Blake follows his reckless brother into a nightmarish carnival
world where he must survive seven dangerous rides to escape
the fantasy and save both their souls. 201p.
Stine, R.L. - Dangerous Girls
Destiny and Livvy return from camp slightly changed. They crave
the taste of warm blood, avoid sunlight, and are being followed
by a vampire-hunter. The twins have until the next full moon
to discover what to do about these changes. 247p.
Stroud, Jonathan - Amulet of Samarkand
Nathaniel, a young wizard bent on revenge, summons the 5,000-year-old
djinni Bartimaeus to steal the legendary Amulet of Samarkand.
Thesman, Jean - Rising Tide
Kate travels from Ireland to San Francisco in 1908, where she
dreams of opening a shop and living an independent life at
a time when marriage is the only option for most young woman.
She is unaware that her friend Ellen has wasted all of the
money she had saved for the store. 228p.
Updale, Eleanor - Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman?
Montmorency, a criminal mastermind, lives a dual life. By day
he's a wealthy London gentleman, but at night he is a
clever burglar using the city's sewer system to avoid
Vaupel, Robin - My Contract with Henry
Four outcasts adopt the philosophy of writer Henry David Thoreau
for a freshman English assignment, building a cabin in the
woods and living the simple life. They find that this experiment
in simplicity and civil disobedience touches not only their
lives but their school and community as well. 244p.
Prepared by Sharon Lawrence, Colleen Morrison, and Julie Runge,