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Seventh and Eighth Grades

Seventh and Eighth Grades
Check  j sections at the Library to find these titles other good reads for fifth and sixth graders. Click on the book cover for information on current availability in the Library. Use the back arrow to return to the list.

Behind the Curtain: An Echo Falls Mystery
Peter Abrahams
An avid Sherlock Holmes fan, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill is kidnapped while investigating mysterious happenings in her home town.
The Calder Game
Blue Balliett
When seventh-grader Calder Pillay disappears from a remote English village--along with an Alexander Calder sculpture to which he has felt strangely drawn--his friends Petra and Tommy fly from Chicago to help his father find him.
If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period
Gennifer Choldenko
Kirsten and Walk, seventh-graders at an elite private school, alternate telling how race, wealth, weight, and other issues shape their relationships as they and other misfits stand up to a mean but influential classmate, even as they are uncovering a long-kept secret about themselves.
The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet
Erin Dionne
Hamlet's attempts to be a "normal" eighth grader become increasingly difficult when her genius seven-year-old sister and her eccentric Shakespeare scholar parents both begin to attend her school.
Chicken Boy
Frances O’Roark Dowell
Since the death of his mother, Tobin's family life and school life have been in disarray, but after he starts raising chickens with his seventh-grade classmate, Henry, everything starts to fall into place.
This is What I Did
Ann Dee Ellis
Bullied because of an incident in his past, eighth-grader Logan is unhappy at his new school and has difficulty relating to others until he meets a quirky girl and a counselor who believe in him.

Carlos is Gonna Get It

Kevin Emerson
Recounts the events that occur at the end of seventh grade, when a group of friends plan to trick Carlos, an annoying "problem" student who says he is visited by aliens, while they are on a field trip in the mountains of New Hampshire.
Vanishing Act
John Feinstein
Eighth-grade sports reporters Susan Carol and Stevie reunite at the U.S. Open tennis championships where they investigate the mysterious disappearance of a top Russian player.
The Gorillas of Gill Park
Amy Gordon
While spending the summer before seventh grade with his aunt, Willy Wilson finds his first friends ever in the colorful characters who all love the neighborhood park owned by an eccentric old man.
Toby Wheeler, Eighth-Grade Benchwarmer
Thatcher Heldring
When Toby finally decides to join the middle school basketball team, he does not anticipate the changes that will occur in his relationship with his best friend JJ, who is the team's star player, as well as in other areas of his life.
Standing Against the Wind  
Traci L. Jones
As she tries to escape her poor Chicago neighborhood by winning a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, shy and studious eighth-grader Patrice discovers that she has more options in life than she previously realized.
Regarding the Bees: A Lesson, in Letters, on Honey, Dating, and Other Sticky Subjects
Kate Klise
While corresponding with their globetrotting substitute teacher, the seventh graders at Geyser Creek Middle School nervously prepare for an important standardized test, navigate the tricky waters of first crushes, and try to bring their bee mascot to a local spelling competition.
I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President
Josh Lieb
In Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he's extremely stupid and lazy, but he's actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.
Million-Dollar Throw
Mike Lupica
Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie's family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, and Nate is frantic because his best friend Abby is going blind, so when he gets a chance to win a million dollars if he can complete a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriot's game, he is nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed.
Makeovers by Marcia
Claudia Mills
At the beginning of eighth grade, all Marcia can think about is what nail polish to use, how to lose weight, and whether Alex will ask her to the dance, but after giving makeovers in a nursing home for a school project, she begins to appreciate the value of inner beauty.
Faith, Hope, and Ivy June
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
During a student exchange program, seventh-graders Ivy June and Catherine share their lives, homes, and communities, and find that although their lifestyles are total opposites they have a lot in common.
Molly McGinty has a Really Good Day
Gary Paulsen
When supremely organized seventh-grader, Molly McGinty, loses the notebook she relies on to keep her life in order she spends the day in chaos. Today Molly learned her wacky grandma was coming to spend the day at school with her; Lost her notebook with everything that matters in it, including her homework; got a black eye, tore her skirt. And it's only 9 a.m. Could things get any worse? You bet!
8th Grade Superzero
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
After half-heartedly joining his church youth group's project at a homeless shelter near his Brooklyn middle school, eighth-grade "loser" Reggie McKnight is inspired to run for school office on a platform of making a real difference in the community.
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree
Lauren Tarshis
A quirky and utterly logical seventh-grade girl named Emma-Jean Lazarus discovers some interesting results when she gets involved in the messy everyday problems of her peers.
Access Denied: (and Other Eighth Grade Error Messages)
Denise Vega
In eighth grade, computer whiz Erin Swift learns a lot about friendship, relationships with boys, maturity, guilt, and forgiveness.
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