Students Entering Grade 7: Required Summer Reading List
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- "Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie" by Jordan Sonnenblick (available in eBook and audio book format)
Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven’s world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with his brother’s illness and his parents’ attempts to keep the family in one piece.
- "Ghost" by Jason Reynolds (available in eBook and audio book format)
Castle “Ghost” Crenshaw lives with his single mother; his father is serving time in prison after firing a gun at Ghost and his mom three years ago — and Ghost has been running ever since. While running one day, he stops to watch a track practice and decides the crash the race. Impressed, the coach offers him a position on the team. His mom reluctantly agrees to let him join and long as he can behave himself and stay out of trouble in school. This is a struggle for the impulsive Ghost, but with Coach’s help, he learns the advantages of diligent practice and teamwork.
- "The Looking Glass Wars" by Frank Beddor (available in eBook format)
What if Lewis Carroll was wrong and Wonderland is real? In this tale, Alyss Heart is the heir to the Wonderland throne. She and her bodyguard Hatter Madigan flee to Victorian London to escape her murderous aunt. In London, Alyss is befriended by the Reverend Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) and tells him her story. Find out if Alyss and Hatter are able to return to Wonderland for Alyss to take her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.
- "Louisiana's Way Home" by Kate DiCamillo (available in eBook and audio book format)
When Louisiana Elefante’s Granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn’t overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home.
- "Making Friends" by Kristen Gudsnuk (available in eBook format)
Sixth grade was so much easier for Danny. All her friends were in the same room, and she knew exactly what to expect out of life. Now that she’s in seventh grade, she’s in a new middle school, her friends are in different classes and forming new cliques, and she is totally, completely, lost. What Danny really needs is a new best friend! So when she inherits a magic sketchbook from her eccentric great-aunt in which anything she sketches in it comes to life, she draws Madison, the most amazing, perfect, and awesome best friend ever. The thing is, even when you create a best friend, there’s no guarantee they’ll always be your best friend. Especially when they discover they’ve been created with magic!
- "March" by John Lewis (available in eBook format)
Beginning with a dream sequence that depicts the police crackdown on the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March, this memoir then cuts to Congressman John Lewis’ preparations on the day of President Obama’s inauguration. Lewis provides perspective on the occasion, explaining and describing his own religious and desegregationalist origins in Alabama, his early meeting with Dr. King, and his training as a nonviolent protester.
- "Restart" by Gordon Kormon (available in eBook format)
Chase doesn’t remember falling off the roof. He doesn’t remember hitting his head. He doesn’t, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again — starting with his own name. He knows he’s Chase. But who is Chase? When he gets back to school, he sees that different kids have very different reactions to his return. Some kids treat him like a hero. Some kids are clearly afraid of him. One girl in particular is so angry with him that she pours her frozen yogurt on his head the first chance she gets. Pretty soon, it’s not only a question of who Chase is — it’s a question of who he was...and who he’s going to be.
- "Stormbreaker" by Anthony Horowitz (available in eBook format)
After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle’s dangerous work for Britain’s intelligence agency, MI6.
- "We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success" by The Three Doctors: Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt with Sharon Draper (available in eBook format)
Growing up on the rough streets of Newark, New Jersey, Rameck, George and Sampson could easily have followed their childhood friends into drug dealing, gangs, and prison. But when a presentation at their school made the three boys aware of the opportunities available to them in the medical and dental professions, they made a pact among themselves that they would become doctors. It took a lot of determination—and a lot of support from one another—but despite all the hardships along the way, the three succeeded. Retold with the help of an award-winning author, this younger adaptation of the adult hit novel The Pact is a hard-hitting, powerful, and inspiration book that will speak to young readers everywhere.