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Summer Reading for 7th Graders



Crusaders, ready to get started on your summer reading and book reports? Here are some suggested books if you are entering 7th grade in the fall. Remember these are only a suggestion. You may read any book you would like as long as it is a chapter book, age appropriate, and one that you have not read before.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
By 6th grade Miranda and her best friend Sal know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go and who to avoid like the crazy guy on the corner. Then things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid and shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key her mother keeps hidden is stolen and Miranda keeps getting mysterious notes. She realizes that whoever is leaving the notes for her knows all about her including things that have not yet happened.

The Schwa Was Here by Neal Schusterman
When Anthony “Antsy” Bonano and his friends meet Calvin Schwa, they are impressed and puzzled by his ability to appear and disappear before their very eyes. Antsy concocts a moneymaking scheme based on Schwa’s invisibility that seems promising until he and his money-making friends overreach and are caught by the town’s legendary millionaire, Mr. Crawley.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life of Mr. Popper and his family. What will Mr. Popper, a poor house painter, do when more penguins arrive?

Tangled Threads: A Hmong Girl’s Story
After ten years in a refugee camp in Thailand, 13 year old Mai Yang travels to Providence, Rhode Island, where her Americanized cousins introduce her to pizza and shopping while her grandmother and her new friends keep her connected to her Hmong heritage.

The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle & Other Extraordinary Stories Behind Everyday Things by Don Wulffson
Brief, factual stories of how various familiar things were invented, many by accident.

The Biography of Mohammed Ali by Walter Dean Meyers
A biography of one of the world’s greatest boxers chronicles his childhood, his rise as a champion, his politics and his battle against Parkinson’s disease.

The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott
It’s 2004 and the Red Sox haven’t won a world series in 86 years. What if you knew they were cursed and why? What if you and you alone could break the curse but you would have to go into the past and outsmart some curious creatures and take a midnight ride on a monster? Would you do it? Could you?

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Although Opal lives in Friendly Corners Trailer Park she has no friends. She and her preacher father recently moved there for his new job. On an errand to the grocery store Opal finds a stray dog that she names for the store Winn Dixie. Winn Dixie charms his way into everyone’s heart.

Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle
When Ruben and Jed find a dead body on a Rhode Island beach they inadvertently become involved in a turf war between two rival liquor smuggling gangs during the prohibition era.

Something Upstairs by Avi
When he moves from Los Angeles to Providence, Rhode Island, Kenny discovers that his new house is haunted by the spirit of a Black slave boy who asks Kenny to return with him to the early nineteenth century and prevent his murder by slave traders.

The Twits by Roald Dahl
In this very funny book Mr. and Mrs. Twit are two old people who enjoy playing practical jokes and are finally outwitted by a family of monkeys.

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong
In August 1914, Ernst Shackleton sails from London with 27 men in an attempt to become the first team of explorers to cross the Antarctic from one side to the other. Five months later their ship, the Endurance, became trapped in an ice pack. This is an extraordinary true adventure story about how the men survived.

The Color of My Words by Joseph Lynn
When life gets hard for Ana Rosa, living in a small village in the Dominican Republic, she can depend on her older brother to make her feel better until life-changing events occur on her 13th birthday

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
Learning disabled Max and his friend Freak, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his mind, combine forces to make a powerful team.

Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street by Sharon Flake
A spoiled and charming girl named Queen doesn’t like her new neighbor, a humble, broken bike-riding boy named Leroy. He claims he’s been to Africa but how can she take this raggedy, smelly boy seriously especially when he starts to move in on dinner time with her family. Ultimately Queen learns some important life  lessons from Leroy about the words we say to people do matter and that friendship can be found where you least expect it.

The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill

The pushcarts have declared war! New York City’s streets are clogged with huge, rude trucks that park where they want, hold up traffic and bulldoze into anything that is in their way. The pushcart peddlers are determined to get rid of them and the trucks are as determined to get rid of the pushcarts. The pushcarts have come up with a brilliant strategy. Armed with a secret weapon, they win the battle, but can they win the war against the corrupt mayor?

Rules by Cynthia Lord
Twelve year old Catherine just wants a normal life which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She has spent years trying to teach David the rules from “a peach is not a funny apple” to “keep your pants on in public” in order to stop his embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next door friend she has always wished for, it’s her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?

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