25 Books Every 7th Grader Should Read

When the life of a newchild (baby) his family is caring for comes to hang in the balance, he and his mentor, the Giver, hatch a desperate plan to change a society.

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America, now Panem, requires each of its 12 territories to select two children between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the Hunger Games. Then his time came to explore the magnificent underground realm.

Carl Hiaasen

Susan Campbell Bartoletti

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Rand Miller, Robyn Miller, David Wingrove

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Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services. Also recommended is Catching Fire, the sequel.

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Andrea Davis Pinkney

The Tillerman kids’ mother just left them one day in a car in a mall parking lot. Enjoy.

Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters

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Myst: The Book of Atrus

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Noah and his younger sister, Abbey, must figure out a way to prove that the owner of a casino boat is illegally dumping sewage into the bay near their Florida home.

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An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

Jim Murphy

Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father Mo, a bookbinder, can “read” fictional characters to life when an evil ruler named Capricorn, freed from the novel Inkheart years earlier, tries to force Mo to release an immortal monster from the story.

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Gennifer Choldenko

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Fifteen-year-old Victor Flores journeys north in a desperate attempt to cross the Arizona border and find work in the United States to support his family in central Mexico.

Among the Hidden

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It’s 1793, and there’s an invisible killer roaming the streets of Philadelphia. These pages are your link to the story of Atrus, son of Gehn, and the last of the race of D’Nithe masters of The Art, the craft of linking to other worlds through the descriptive art of writing. Her research includes telling interviews with surviving Hitler Youth members.

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Catherine Jinks

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Donna Jo Napoli

The Red Necklace

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The Dream book: A Young Person’s Guide to Understanding Dreams

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Cynthia Voigt

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Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Mike Lupica

Set in a world where fear, pain, and war no longer exist, this is the story of Jonas, a twelve-year-old boy who has just received his Life Assignment as “The Receiver,” a highly prestigious position as keeper of memory for his entire society. As I said in the beginning, there are many more wonderful books out there to be readthese are just the beginning. Their first escape took them to Philadelphia, then on to Boston, pursued by slave hunters, and finally 5000 miles across the ocean to England, where they were able to settle peacefully.

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Crackback

Taking place during the French Revolution, this marvelous tale of history and magic follows Yann Margoza, a gypsy orphan being raised by the dwarf Tetu. Thus begins a chain of events that will lead young Yann to eventually become a hero of the revolution.

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John Coy

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Inkheart

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Cornelia Funke

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The ages of Myst are worlds of adventure and awe, of mystery and beauty, of intrigue and betrayal. Their stories are told here.

Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff

I have tried to include something for everyone from history buffs to sci-fi fans. Each of them has magic of their own, which allows them to travel with a successful magician Topolian. But she was afraid it was too much to hope for.

Flush

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Will Hobbs

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Reaching for Sun

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Judith Bloom Fradin

The Hunger Games

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Sterling North

This book chronicles the early life of George Washington, from his childhood years in Virginia and his career as a surveyor to his early victories in the French and Indian War and his assumption of the leadership of the Continental Army.

Suzanne Collins

Paul Fisher plays soccer despite the thick glasses he wears because of a mysterious eye injury.

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Ten female freedom fighters let their lights shine in African-American history. Their fates are destined to intertwine with Sido, the young daughter of a Marquis when they are invited to do a special performance at her father’s chateau. They come recommended by schools around the country, and I can also personally and professionally vouch for many, as they belong to my personal library for my own use.

Edward Bloor

Homecoming

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Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany’s young people. You have seen only a glimpse of the picture. So, as usual, it was up to 13-year-old Dicey, the eldest of four, to take care of everything, make all the decisions, feed them, and find places to sleep. Deep down, she hoped they could find an adult they could trust, someone who would take them in and love them. What is the price of success?

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Born third when having more than two children per family is illegal, Luke has always lived in hiding. She befriends a boy who moves into one of the rich houses behind her old farmhouse.

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Lois Lowry

In 1892, a nine-year-old Jewish boy from Naples arrives in New York penniless and alone. For most of his young life, Atrus thought the stories his grandmother told him were just strange legends. On television, these twenty-four kids will fight to the death, and only one will survive. Their father had left them a long time ago. His starving mama has bribed someone on a cargo ship to hide him away so that he could come to America for a “new start.” Slowly, befriended by two other youngsters in similar straits, even as he struggles to survive on the New York city streets, he comes to the realization that Mama was not left behind by accident.

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Ellen and William Craft were two of the few slaves to ever escape from the Deep South. There are so many more wonderful books I could include, but the request was for the 25 every seventh grader should read, so that is what I have attempted to provide. This tale follows the growth of the relationship between squire and mentor in this twist on a “coming of age” story, in which we find that sometimes the younger is indeed the wiser.

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Patricia Garfield

George Washington, Frontier Colonel

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This is a list of tried-and-true books for seventh graders. Sixteen-year-old Pagan is squire to Lord Roland, a Templar knight, as Saladin’s armies close in on Jerusalem. Rival coaches who doubt that he is only twelve years old want proof, but Michael has no parents. Its cause is unknown, and there is no cure.

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Crossing the Wire

The Giver

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Al Capone Does My Shirts

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Don Wulffson

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Jennifer Holm

A 12-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935, when guards’ families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.

Told entirely through notes, grocery receipts, and a vast array of other items, this story follows Ginny as she accidentally dyes her hair pink, throws live frogs in class, and loses the lead role in ballet to her ex-best friend.

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The Boys` War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War

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Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

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Tangerine

The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle

Pagan’s Crusade

Do you ever dream you’ve shown up to school in your underwear? How about driving a car and you’ve never even driven? Have you ever dreamed you’re hanging out with Katie Holmes or Johnny Damon? These are more common dreams than you might think, and there are reasonable yet surprising explanations for them!

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler`s Shadow

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Includes diary entries, personal letters, and archival photographs to describe the experiences of boys, 16 years old or younger, who fought.

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5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft`s Flight from Slavery

Josie, who lives with her mother and grandmother, has cerebral palsy. This is the first book in The Hidden series; they are all can’t-put-down reads!

Sally Gardner. Unfortunately, with this assignment come realizations about his community and their life that are not all he has been led to believe. The city’s residents are fleeing in fear. But above all, Dicey would have to make sure to avoid the authorities who would split them up and place them in foster homes.

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The King of Mulberry Street

Brief factual stories of how various familiar things were invented, many by accident, make for an informative read.

If I have left any of your favorite books off of this list, feel free to leave them in the comments. Happy reading.

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A teen struggles with the multiple difficulties of pleasing his father, his coach, and his friends at the same time. Now take a step further into the fictional legend of Myst. Added to his stress is his own drive to succeed in the world of football and his internal debate whether steroids will be his way to stand out. This killer has a nameyellow feverbut everything else about it is a mystery

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