7th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 7th Graders from the Weber County Library

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How to Get Rich on the Oregon Trail: My Adventures Among Cows, Crooks, & Heroes on the Road to Fame and Fortune
Artist/Author/Cast:
Olson, Tod; Aronson, Marc (Introduction by); Proch, Gregory (Illustrator); Allred, Scott (Illustrator)
Call Number:
YP 978.02 O528
Description:

This whimsical recounting of one family's journey to their new homestead will give readers an appreciation of the hardships faced by all those who signed up for the great migration. These include hunger, thirst, sickness, hostile American Indians, and even deceit and thievery on the part of fellow travelers.

Hush
Artist/Author/Cast:
Woodson, Jacqueline
Call Number:
YP F Woodson
Description:

Toswiah struggles with the changes that come after her family enters the witness protection program.

I Represent Sean Rosen
Artist/Author/Cast:
Baron, Jeff
Call Number:
YP F Baron
Description:

With the help of his "manager," a thirteen-year-old boy sells a movie idea to a major Hollywood studio.

Jason's Gold
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hobbs, William
Call Number:
YP F Hobbs
Description:

When news of the discovery of gold in Canada's Yukon Territory in 1897 reaches fifteen-year-old Jason, he embarks on a 10,000-mile journey to strike it rich.

Liar and Spy
Artist/Author/Cast:
Stead, Rebecca
Call Number:
YP F Stead
Description:

Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.

Lincoln's Grave Robbers
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sheinkin, Steve
Call Number:
YP 973.7 S5437L 2012
Description:

A dramatic account of the 1875 attempt to steal the 16th president's body describes how a counterfeiting ring plotted to ransom Lincoln's body to secure the release of their imprisoned ringleader and how a fledgling Secret Service and an undercover agent conducted a daring election-night sting operation.

Little Rock Girl 1957: How a Photograph Changed the Fight for Integration
Artist/Author/Cast:
Tougas, Shelley
Call Number:
YP 379.263 T7228L 2012
Description:

Recounts the events surrounding the 1957 photograph taken by Will Counts that captured one of nine African-American students trying to enter an Arkansas high school while being taunted by an angry white mob and discusses how the photo brought the civil rights movement to the forefront of the nation's attention.

Maniac Magee
Artist/Author/Cast:
Spinelli, Jerry
Call Number:
YP F Spinelli
Description:

After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.

Okay for Now
Artist/Author/Cast:
Schmidt, Gary D.
Call Number:
YP F Schmidt
Description:

As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer--a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon's birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.

Princess Academy
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hale, Shannon
Call Number:
YP F Hale
Description:

Fourteen-year-old Miri is sent to Princess Academy and discovers unexpected talents and connections to her homeland.

Royal Murder: The Deadly Intrigue of Ten Sovereigns
Artist/Author/Cast:
MacLeod, Elizabeth
Call Number:
YP 364.1524 M1653r 2008
Description:

From monarchs murdered at the hands of their subjects to kings killed on the battlefield, the stories of ten royals are told through the blending of dramatic storytelling and historical fact and enhanced with fascinating photographs and artwork.

Sandry's Book
Artist/Author/Cast:
Pierce, Tamora
Call Number:
YP F Pierce
Description:

Four young misfits find themselves living in a strictly disciplined temple community where they become friends while also learning to do crafts and to use their powers, especially magic.

Sean Griswold's Head
Artist/Author/Cast:
Leavitt, Lindsey
Call Number:
YP F Leavitt
Description:

After discovering that her father has multiple sclerosis, fifteen-year-old Payton begins counselling sessions at school, which lead her to become interested in a boy in her biology class, have a falling out with her best friend, develop an interest in bike riding, and eventually allow her to come to terms with life's uncertainties.

The Alchemyst
Artist/Author/Cast:
Scott, Michael
Call Number:
YP F Scott
Description:

While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.

The Great Fire
Artist/Author/Cast:
Murphy, Jim
Call Number:
YP 977.311 M9785g
Description:

An account of the catastrophic fire that decimated much of Chicago in 1871.

The King of Mulberry Street
Artist/Author/Cast:
Napoli, Donna Jo
Call Number:
YP F Napoli
Description:

In 1892, a nine-year-old Jewish boy from Naples arrives in New York penniless and alone.

The Last Dragonslayer
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fforde, Jasper
Call Number:
YP F Fforde
Description:

As magic fades from the world, Jennifer Strange is having trouble keeping her magician employment agency business afloat, until she begins having visions that foretell the death of the last dragon and the coming of Big Magic.

The Maze Runner
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dashner, James
Call Number:
YP F Dashner
Description:

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze.

The Red Umbrella
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gonzalez, Christina Diaz
Call Number:
YP F Gonzalez
Description:

In 1961 after Castro has come to power in Cuba, fourteen-year-old Lucia and her seven-year-old brother are sent to the United States when her parents, who are not in favor of the new regime, fear that the children will be taken away from them as others have been.

The Ruins of Gorlan
Artist/Author/Cast:
Flanagan, John
Call Number:
YP F Flanagan
Description:

When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.

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