ORRJHS Summer Reading 2016 – Grade 7

All incoming 7th graders will choose one of the books listed below to read over the summer. Please be sure to sign up for the book of your choice online. The link to the sign-up form is here.

Search for your book in the public library catalog here.
View sample discussion questions here.

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Book Scavenger, by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman                                                                                       Just after twelve-year-old Emily and her family move to San Francisco, she teams up with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find, which is part of a brand new book scavenger game.  The game was created by Emily’s idol, publisher Garrison Griswold, just before he was attached and fell into a coma.  Racing against time, Emily and James rush from clue to clue, desperate to figure ot the secret at the heart of Griswold’s new game – before those who attacked Griswold comes after them too.

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler, by Phillip Hoose  (Nonfiction)                                                                 At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation.  Deeply ashamed of his nation’s leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not.  The young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage and infuriated the Germans, who were determined to track down the boys.

Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson
If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl? After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a young slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War in hopes of gaining her own freedom.

Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.

Crossover, by Kwame Alexander                                                                                                                          12-year-old Josh Bell and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court.  But Josh has more than basketball in his blood; he’s got mad beats, too, that tell his family’s story in verse in thsi fast and furious novel of family and brotherhood.

Dear Blue Sky, by Mary Sullivan                                                                                                                    Ever since her brother Sef left for Iraq, Cassie has felt like her life is falling apart.  Her parents are fighting over her brother having gone to war.  Her smart, beautiful sister is messing up.  Her little brother, who has Down syndrome, is pretending he’s a Marine.  And her best friend no longer has time for her.  In her loneliness Cassie turns to a surprising source of comfort: Blue Sky, and Iraqi girl she meets through her blog.

The Enemy, by Charlie Higson                                                                                                                            In the wake of a devastating disease, everyone sixteen and older is either dead or a decomposing, brainless creature with a ravenous appetite. for flesh.  A group of kids fights to survive the roaming packs of zombie-like adults.

The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer                                                                                                   In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire.  As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters, including El Patron’s power-hungry family, and he soon realizes escape offers his only chance at survival.

Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson                                                                                                                         In this graphic novel adventure, a young girl discovers roller derby and prepares for her first roller derby bout right as she and her best friend are growing apart.

*Summaries are provided by the publishers and/or based on the Library of Congress CIP data.