Books for 7th - 8th Grade
Summer Bibliographies 2008
Becker, Tom - Darkside. Book 1.
After his father is taken away to an asylum, Jonathan Starling
finds that he is being hunted by thugs with supernatural powers.
With nowhere left to hide, Jonathan enters Darkside—a
hidden part of London populated by werewolves, vampires and
corpses—to find a friend of his father's who might
be able to help. 294p.
Birdsall, Olivia - Notes on a Near-Life Experience
Mia's family life is falling apart. Her dad's moved
out, her older brother drinks, her mom is working long hours,
and Mia feels like she's starring in a really bad soap
Carter, Ally - I'd Tell You I Love You, but Then
I'd Have to Kill You
Cammie Morgan attends the Gallagher Academy, seemingly a private
school for snooty rich kids, but secretly a training ground
for future spies. Cammie knows all about running covert operations,
but she doesn't know anything about going on a first
Cooney, Caroline B. - Diamonds in the Shadow
Jared's family takes in a church-sponsored refuge family
from Africa's war-torn Sierra Leon. The family is hiding
more than just their scarred past, and a killer is tracking
them right to Jared's door. 228p.
Compestine, Ying Chang - Revolution Is Not a Dinner
Ling's life is turned upside down when Chairman Mao and
his oppressive regime come to power in China. Her family is
stripped of privileges and status, and her father is arrested
by the Red Guard. 248p.
Cornwell, Autumn - Carpe Diem
Vassar has her life perfectly planned, and it does not include
being dragged on a trip through the jungles of Southeast Asia
with her grandmother. Can Vassar cope with snakes, food poisoning,
bamboo huts and all the other unexpected aspects of their "jungle
Doyle, Roddy - Wilderness
Tom, John and their mother decide to take a dogsledding vacation,
leav-ing their half-sister at home to reunite with her biological
mother. When the boys' mother disappears somewhere in
Lapland, they set off on a desperate search through the frozen
countryside to rescue her. 211p.
Ephron, Delia - Frannie in Pieces
Frannie's father dies of a sudden heart attack. In his
possessions Frannie finds a puzzle with her name on it. As
she puts the pieces of the puzzle together, she tries to put
her life back into place. 374p.
Feinstein, John - Cover-Up
When he is sent to cover the Super Bowl as a teen reporter
for the Washington Herald, Steve uncovers a scheme to conceal
the fact that one team's star has flunked his drug test.
Steve and co-reporter Susan Carol need enough proof to break
the story before the big game. 298p.
Friesner, Esther M. - Nobody's
Helen, a Spartan princess, longs for the adventurous life her
brothers have, riding, hunting and going on quests, years before
she becomes the infamous beauty, Helen of Troy. 305p.
Gaiman, Neil - InterWorld
Joey Harker is a Walker—able to walk through portals
that link parallel Earths. He joins InterWorld, an organization
of Walkers dedicated to maintaining the balance of power between
science and magic throughout the dimensions. 239p.
Hale, Shannon - The Book of a Thousand Days
Lady Saren refuses to marry the violent warlord her father
has chosen for her because she loves Prince Tegus from afar.
She sends her maid to talk to him, pretending to be Lady Saren.
The maid falls for the prince, but can the prince love a mere
maid who's not a princess? 305p.
Harper, Suzanne - The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney
Sparrow is happy to have a fresh start at a new school because
the dead have always spoken to her and this is her chance to
be normal. Unfortunately, the cute boy in her class has a dead
older brother who won't leave her alone until she passes
on a message. 362p.
Heneghan, James - Payback
Life is about choices and sometimes you make the wrong choice," says
Charley's da. When he moves from Ireland and attends
a new school in Canada, Charley does his best to fit in, but
when the bullying gets out of hand he wonders if his choices
have been the right ones. 184p.
Jinks, Catherine - Evil Genius
Cadel's classes at the Axis Institute for World Domination
include Assassination, Basic Lying, Embezzlement, and Pure
Evil. When his dad's evil business schemes threaten one
of his friends, Cadel must turn his genius against his family.
Kostick, Conor - Epic
On Erik's world, the video game Epic controls everything
and winning players can earn real money. His dad is about to
be exiled, and Erik has to come up with a lot of cash to save
him. Erik's friends help him battle a dragon within the
game—something no one has done in years. 364p.
Lupica, Mike - The Big Field
Hutch had always been the shortstop until Darryl joined the
same team and took his position. Darryl also takes every opportunity
he can to put Hutch down. Now their team has reached the state
championships, and Hutch and Darryl have a score of their own
to settle. 243p.
Mass, Wendy - Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall: A Novel
After Tessa is hit in the head by a Dodgeball during gym class,
she has an out-of-body experience, watching her life play out
from the mall—or is it from Heaven? 251p.
Miller, Sarah Elizabeth - Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen
Spirited Annie Sullivan takes on her biggest teaching job ever—trying
to reach the deaf and blind 6-year-old Helen Keller. 208p.
Myers, Walter Dean - Game
Drew loves basketball and he's got skills—his ticket
to college scholar-ships and maybe even the NBA. With a new
star player joining his team, Drew needs to keep his eye on
the ball and his head in the game. 218p.
Thompson, Kate - The New Policeman
There's a time leak in the land of faerie—their
world is gaining time from our world and it's getting
worse. J.J. travels through the portal between the two worlds
to repair this cosmic time leak, and uncovers dark family secrets
of his own. 442p.
Townley, Rod - The Red Thread: A Novel in Three Incarnations
Dana's dreams about being sealed in a small place cause
her to suffer from claustrophobia and nightmares. She sees
a psychiatrist who helps her explore her past lives, trying
to find the cause of her terror. 294p.
Vande Velde, Vivian - Remembering Raquel
Raquel is struck by a car and killed while on her way home
one night. Now her entire town remembers what they knew about
the girl. 137p.
Weaver, Will - Defect
David was born different (with bat-like deformities and abilities),
but when he gets a chance to be normal, should he take it?
Is his difference a blessing or a curse? 199p.
Prepared by A. Blau, C. Morrison, K. Pocci, May 2008