• 7th grade Summer Reading List

    Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

    As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over. Everything he has, and everyone he loves, have been snatched brutally from him. And then Yanek himself is taken prisoner - his arm tattooed with the words PRISONER B-3087. - From the publisher

    Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

    Considered by many to be mentally disabled, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time. - From Follett

    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. - From Follett

    Michael Vey (series) by Richard Evans

    Fourteen-year-old Michael discovers he has special electrical powers and, with the help of his best friends, becomes aware that there are other teens with similar powers, but something or someone is hunting them and, after Michael's mother is kidnapped, he will need to rely on his powers and his friends to rescue his mom, protect himself, and save the others. - From Follett

    Crossover by Kwame Alexander

    Twelve-year-old twins Josh and Jordan (JB) are a well-oiled machine on the basketball court. But then JB gets a girlfriend, and before Josh knows it, things start to change. Josh's narration is a combination of exciting play-by-play game details, insightful observations on middle school, and poignant meditations on sibling dynamics and familial love. - Horn Book Guide

    Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock

    After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her. - From Follett

    Chew On This by Eric Schossler

    This book, adapted from Eric Schlosser's adult book, Fast Food Nation, will change your eating habits! In a fascinating and readable manner, the author takes younger readers through what is in those strawberry shakes they love so well. They also apprise readers of what happens in the slaughterhouses that those little chicken nuggets and hamburger patties come from. The author of Fast Food Nation partners with Wilson to serve up a stinging, often startling expose on this country's pervasive, lucrative fast-food industry, for young people. -Library Media Connection

    Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James Swanson

    Recounts the twelve-day pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth, covering the chase through Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, with a discussion of Abraham Lincoln as a father, husband, and friend that examines the impact of his death on those close to him. - From Follett