Tuesday, May 14, 2013

ATTACK OF THE SUMMER READING LIST: Seventh Grade Summer Reading Titles

This summer APS suggests that middle school students read at least one book from their fantastic, updated summer reading lists. They are full of some excellent titles and to help you pick which book you'd like to read, we've got three MEGA POSTS, with book descriptions, covers and videos about the books. Take a look!


After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

 Realistic Fiction

In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.

  Available: book, cd, playaway, eaudio, ebook

 Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
by Tanya Lee Stone

Non-Fiction, Science, Biography

When NASA was launched in 1958, 13 women proved they had as much of the right stuff as men to be astronauts, but their way to space was blocked by prejudice, insecurity, and a scrawled note written by one of Washington's most powerful men. This is the true story of the Mercury 13 women.

Available: book, cd, playaway, eaudio, ebook

Realistic Fiction

Explores a migrant family's experiences moving through labor camps, facing poverty and impermanence, only to endure through faith, hope, and back-breaking work.

Check out this interview with the author for more information about this enlightening book.

 Available: book, cd, ebook


Dairy Queen (series) by Catherine Gilbert Murdock 
Realistic Fiction, Sports

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.
Available: book, cd, eaudio, ebook (no cd for Front and Center)

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

 Graphic Novel, Realistic Fiction

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

For more info, check out this previous review we did for Drama.       

Available: book

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

 Fantasy, Ghosts

Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
Available: book, cd, playaway, ebook
Heat by  Mike Lupica


Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.

Available: book, cd, eaudio

Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis
Historical Fiction

Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women's Army Corps.

Available: book, ebook

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 (series) by  Richard Paul

Science Fiction

To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette's syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special--he has electric powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor has the same mysterious powers. With the help of Michael's friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up with their abilities, and their investigation soon brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric teens--and through them, the world.

Available: book


After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.

Here's a bit more about this book from a previous review we did.
Available: book, cd, eaudio, ebook

Nation by Terry Pratchett


After a devastating tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl, together with a small band of refugees, set about rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives.

We did a series of reviews about islands and here's more about Nation
And you can listen to the author talk about this outstanding book:

Available: book, cd, eaudio, ebook

Non-Fiction, Sports

This is the story of the Fugees, a youth soccer team made up of refugees from around the world, and their female coach.

Available: book, ebook

Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

Realistic Fiction

After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he realizes that real friendship knows no borders.

Available: book, cd, eaudio, ebook   

Scat by Carl Hiaasen


Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing.

Available: book, cd, eaudio, ebook

Silhouetted by the Blue by Traci L. Jones

 Realistic Fiction

After the death of her mother in an automobile accident, seventh-grader Serena, who has gotten the lead in her middle school play, is left to handle the day-to-day challenges of caring for herself and her younger brother when their father cannot pull himself out of his depression.

Available: book

Skulduggery Pleasant (series) by Derek Landy
When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle's estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.

Available: book, cd, eaudio, ebook (not in catalog yet)

Trapped  by Michael Northrop

Seven high school students are stranded at their New England high school during a week-long blizzard that shuts down the power and heat, freezes the pipes, and leaves them wondering if they will survive.

For more details, here's a previous review we did about Trapped.

Available: book

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Historical Fiction, Science Fiction

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

Here's the author talking about the book:

Available: book, cd, playaway, eaudio, ebook

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