Books for 7th - 8th Grade
Summer Bibliographies 2007
Acampora, Paul - Defining Dulcie
When Dulcie's father dies, her mother hurriedly moves
the family to California. Dulcie makes a radical decision to
steal her dad's old truck and head back home to the life
she is not ready to leave behind. 168p.
Barkley, Brad - Scrambled Eggs at Midnight
Calliope's artist mom is off finding herself; Eliot's
dad has found God. All Cal and Eliot want to find is a normal
life. Along the way they find themselves, each other, and a
new view of love and family. 262p.
Berryhill, Shane - Chance Fortune and the Outlaws
Josh's life dream is to train at the Burlington Academy
to become a superhero. The problem is Josh does not have superpowers,
and the bullies at this school can literally crush you. 269p.
Fisher, Catherine - Darkhenge
Working on a secretive archeological dig, Rob finds himself
drawn into a dark, mythical world led by an age-old Celtic
druid who promises to help Rob release his sister Chloe from
her injury-induced coma. 340p.
Fletcher, Susan - Alphabet of Dreams
Mitra and her little brother Babak are living a hand-to-mouth
existence, hiding from the king's men who are searching
for them, when they join the westward-bound caravan of a great
priest who is following the stars and heading towards Bethlehem.
Fogelin, Adrian - The Real Question
Study, study, study is all Fisher Brown ever does, and he's
had enough. Deciding to live life, rather than merely prepare
for it, Fish runs off with his slacker neighbor for a life-changing
Gorman, Carol - Games
Mick and Boot are in trouble again for fighting. This time,
instead of getting expelled, the principal has a different
punishment. Mick and Boot must spend 1 1/2 hours a day in his
office playing board games and trying to get along. Right.
Gutman, Dan - Getting Air
While on an airplane on their way to a skateboarding vacation
in California, Jimmy, Henry, and David are surprised when terrorists
take over their plane—but the boys fight back. When the
plane crashes in the wilderness, the boys hope their knowledge
of roughing it (from reading the book Hatchet) will get them
to safety. 232p.
Hoffman, Alice - Incantation
In 1500, at the start of the Spanish Inquisition, Estrella's
family desperately tries to hide their Jewish heritage to avoid
the horrific persecution of converted Jews by the Catholic
Hokenson, Terry - The Winter Road
When Willa steals a single-engine plane, she never expects
to crash it in the snowy Canadian wilderness. She struggles
to survive every day, fashioning tools and shelter from the
wreckage, and learns that she can depend on her own ingenuity
and determination. 175p.
Jansen, Hanna - Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You
Jeanne takes her comfortable, normal life for granted until
the start of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Only her strong will
to live carries her through the unimaginable horrors of watching
her home destroyed and members of her family massacred. 342p.
Karasyov, Carrie - Bittersweet Sixteen
Designer labels, expensive trips, and the best of everything
are the norm for Laura's friends. But when their competition
for the most posh 16th birthday bash gets out of control, Laura
finds herself stuck in the middle of a battle between her two
overly-indulged friends. 230p.
Koss, Amy Goldman - Poison Ivy
Ivy has been bullied by three popular girls in her class, the
Evil Three, since she was in fourth grade. When one of her
teachers reads a depressing poem of Ivy's, she decides
to have the class conduct a mock trial, accusing the Evil Three
with bullying "Poison" Ivy. Can justice prevail
in high school? 166p.
Levine, Gail Carson - Fairest
Orphaned Aza feels like an ugly outsider, but her saving grace
is that her singing voice outshines all in a society where
musical talent is revered. Aza is pressured to throw her voice
to hide the new Queen's lack of talent, and she is forced
to flee the kingdom when the hoax is discovered. 326p.
McCaughrean, Geraldine - Cyrano
Cyrano de Bergerac is one of the most famous men in all of
Paris. His quick wit and brilliant swordplay are almost as
renowned as his extremely large nose. He secretly loves Roxane,
but her heart belongs to a more handsome soldier. 114p.
Marillier, Juliet - Wildwood Dancing
Every full moon for the last nine years, Jena and her four
sisters enter a portal into another world for a night of dancing
on the Wildwood. Jena, always the responsible one, must balance
her love of the Wildwood and her responsibilities at home with
the appearance of the Night People during the full moon. 407p.
Miller, Kirsten - Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City
Ananka Fishbein follows the mysterious Kiki Strike into a city
built entirely underneath New York City. They two recruit more
girls—each with special skills—to form the Irregulars
and explore this city filled with riches, mystery, and a lot
of rats. The Irregulars learn later than Kiki has other plans
she isn't telling them about. 387p.
Pausewang, Gudrun - Dark Hours
Gisel must flee her German village to escape air raids from
both the Allies and the Russians near the end of WWII. Separated
from her family in the crowds, she takes charge of her younger
brothers when they become trapped in the wreckage during the
Rees, Douglas - The Janus Gate: An Encounter with John
As renowned artist John Singer Sargent works on his famous
painting of four young sisters, he and the entire household
are caught up by a sinister, mysterious force. What was he
trying to tell us through his dramatic painting, The Daughters
of Edward Darley Boit? 165p.
Richards, Justin - The Death Collector
Are dinosaurs roaming the shadowy streets of Victorian London?
Three strangers: scrappy pickpocket Eddie, a curator from the
British Museum, and a preacher's daughter, match wits
with a brilliant madman who is trying to reanimate the dead
using human corpses and dinosaurs. 320p.
Ritter, John H. - Under the Baseball Moon
Trumpeter Andy Ramos is determined that this will be the summer
that his jazz band finally manages to break into (and beyond)
the Ocean Beach music scene, but when the wild-eyed softball
player Glory Martinez crashes into town, his world suddenly
gets turned upside-down. 283p.
Shulman, Polly - Enthusiasm
Shy Julie has fallen for the same boy as her exuberant best
friend Ashleigh, and decides to keep her feelings secret. When
all three end up in the same play, and mysterious poems start
turning up at Julie's door, she wonders is she's
made the right decision. 198p.
Smith, Roland - Peak
Peak was born to climb. When the NYPD bust him for climbing
skyscrap-ers, Peak is sent to live with his father, a world-class
climber. But Peak doesn't know his dad is planning the
ultimate climb: Everest. 246p.
Prepared by Sharon Hyrcewicz, Diane Jakosz, Colleen Morrison,