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Jennifer (javallone23) | 8 comments I teach 7th grade and I am looking for a book to read to my 7th grade students. I would love to have a more current book read to them. We read every morning to the students for about 20 minutes and I would love a great engaging book. Please let me know!

message 2: by Heidi (last edited Dec 13, 2010 05:57PM) (new)

Heidi How about Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles, #1) by Suzanne Collins , The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain, #1) by Lloyd Alexander , or Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick ??

message 3: by Heidi (last edited Dec 13, 2010 06:22PM) (new)

Heidi Or... A Corner Of The Universe by Ann M. Martin , So B. It by Sarah Weeks , or When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead ??

Brittany (finally graduated and can once again read for fun) | 1328 comments umm, I didn't get read to past elementary school. It was always my favorite part. You come in from recess and your teacher reads to you for 30 minutes or so.

Your 7th graders are lucky. I'm jealous!

message 5: by Becca (new)

Becca | 1608 comments I highly recommend the Pridain chronicles, or The Ruins of Gorlan series. I liked the Gregor series, but there may be a level of violence in them that parents would not be okay with at that age. I also highly highly recommend the Magic Shop books by Bruce Coville or The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper as excellent choices as well. Or there's the Magyk series that is highly entertaining and has some good lessons attached. The same could be said for Fablehaven or anything else by Brandon Mull. The Chronicles of Narnia is always a great fall back. The My Teacher Is an Alien series was hugely popular for a while. They are also excellent and funny books.

There's also some excellent stand alone books that I just love like Bridge to Terabithia, Jacob Have I Loved, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Hatchet, The Sign of the Beaver, and The Sword in the Stone. I hope you can use some of those. I've found all of them to be appropriate for that age of children and to be read in a public setting where approval from parents should be sought. Hope that helps.

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S.S. (ssrice) | 75 comments I second the Pridain Chronicles and add

The Shifter The Shifter

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I visit local middle schools, library clubs and home school groups about being an author and discussing my YA fantasy series. I could throw my books into the mix.

Allon: Book 1
Allon ~ Book 2 ~ Insurrection

I also have a kid friendly website with an interactive map, character pages and videos - including a group of 7th grade boy who want to turn my first book into a video game.

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Catherine (cattymccat) | 95 comments Hatchet by Gary Paulsen : Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

That's my vote. The boys would like it just as much as the girls. There is no violence. It's really good. One of my all time favorites.

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Diana Climbing the Stairs

This is a great historical fiction novel about a young girl in India who is forced to move in with extended family where she is prohibited from visiting the library. I think both boys and girls will find it engaging because the cultural differences are interesting, there's some context to 1941 Indian politics, and ultimately it's a story about being yourself even when it's not easy.

message 10: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (javallone23) | 8 comments Thanks! I will definitely look into some of these! :-)

message 11: by Clementine (last edited Dec 16, 2010 12:24AM) (new)

Clementine (silentreverie) | 8 comments

Call Me Hope is a story about a girl who is verbally abused by her mother. It's a nice story, I read it when I was 12, actually. I didn't want to read it back then, for I thought it was just like any other book and I was already fond of reading thick books for young adults. But I read it anyway. It lead me to , a site where you can pledge to never use your hand or your words for hurting anyone in any way.

It's a good book to read.

Also try

Collection of inspiring stories for teens. I'm sure they will love it.

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Lynn Dove (woundedtrilogy) | 6 comments I have had really good response by those who have read my teen (young adult) books, Shoot the Wounded and Heal the Wounded. Both books have been selected as "Helpful Resources" on the world's largest anti-bullying site Shoot the Wounded was a Finalist in the 2010 Reader's Favorite Book Awards.
Here are the links:
Shoot The Wounded
Heal the Wounded
for more info go to my website:

message 13: by Julie (new)

Julie S. I would like to mention the Percy Jackson series, starting with The Lightning Thief. There's some humor and adventure. I can see the boys liking it, which is sometimes a challenge. Girls should like it as well. The chapters are fairly short, so you might be able to read a chapter outloud in each of your 20 minute sessions.

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Emily Northcutt (emilydnorthcutt) | 2 comments I've been a middle school librarian for 10 years and I absolutely second The Lightning Thief as a 7th grade book. I also think that The Hunger Games would be a great choice. Using the first book in a series may convince your students to read the others.

message 15: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (javallone23) | 8 comments We talked about reading The Lightning Thief. We read it last year and our students really enjoyed it. However, this year several students are already reading it and we didn't want them to listen to the same story again. The same goes with Hunger Games. I do love both stories! Thanks for the help!

message 16: by Julie (new)

Julie S. Margaret Peterson Haddix has a lot of good books for middle school age kids. I suggest Among the Hidden, which is the first in a series about a world where they can only have two kids but the narrator is a secret third child.

message 17: by Heidi (new)

Heidi Good picks Bluemoon!

message 18: by Sara (new)

Sara (rose081900) | 177 comments I recommend Gregor the Overlanderor The Angel Experiment. They are both the first book in series, but they are absolutely wonderful!

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Percey Jackson series
Fablehaven series
Bridge to Terabithia
Harry Potter
Graceling (I havent read it, so I don't know if it might be to racy for 7th graders. but I heard it was good)

message 20: by kzc (new)

kzc | 1 comments I also teach seventh grade and recently finished Touching Spirit Bear. This is one I do every year that goes over very well.

message 21: by Becca (new)

Becca | 1608 comments Um...While I love Graceling and it's on my top ten of all time books and series list, I don't think it's for the younger end of YA. If you're thinking of reading it to your class, you probably ought to preview it first. It got into some pretty heavy themes like anti-marriage, rebelling against authority, and abuse to both humans and animals. While all of them are things these kids are going to learn about, this book may not be the best setting for that discussion. Plus there's a pretty true to life sex scene that while it isn't super graphic, it still has details I wouldn't want my kids reading until they were a little older. Just my opinion, but I would be extremely hesitant to recommend this to someone younger than about sixteen.

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Becca wrote: "Um...While I love Graceling and it's on my top ten of all time books and series list, I don't think it's for the younger end of YA. If you're thinking of reading it to your class, you probably ough..."

thnx for the update on graceling... I think not for 7th gr.

message 23: by Chris (new)

Chris (chrismd) | 4 comments I'll throw in two I haven't seen mentioned here
Elephant Run is an excellent tale of a boy experiencing the Japanese invasion of his father's plantation in Burma.
Powerless is definitely at the lower end of the reading scale, but very high in grabbing kids interests. Kid moves to a new town where he realizes some kids have superpowers. But, on the eve of their 13th birthday, someone or some thing steals their powers and all memory of having had them. Very enjoyable.

message 24: by Belinda (new)

Belinda Frisch (belindafrisch) My son LOVED the Percy Jackson books at that age! It's a good intro to mythology, too.

message 25: by P_Str8 (new)

P_Str8 | 6 comments 7th grade is perfect for Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula...super fun and can be challenging. I think your students will thank you!
Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula
Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula (Cassidy Jones Adventures, Book One) by Elise Stokes

message 26: by Lorie (new)

Lorie (logo65) | 1 comments There are also two new series out by Rich Riordan that my kids both loved ( i liked them too) The Lost Hero (it takes place at camp half blood, so familiar characters) and The Red Pyramid which does for Egyptian Gods what Percy Jackson did for Greek.

message 27: by The Doctor (new)

The Doctor | 1 comments Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula is a great book. I am 16 and found it very enjoyable and entertaining. My 11 year old cousin also read and loved it. She decided to do a book report about it. It is full of adventure, action, and fun characters.

message 28: by Kayla (new)

Kayla (kaylawrites89) | 351 comments I was in 7th Grade when I read The Golden Compass by, Philip Pullman. I loved it.

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