7th-8th Grade Summer Reading 2017

football helmetSPORTS FICTION

Booked by Kwame Alexander

Nick Hall is a bright eighth-grader who would rather do anything other than pay attention in class. Instead he daydreams about soccer, a girl he likes, and an upcoming soccer tournament. [BOOK TRAILER]

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Basketball-playing twins find challenges to their relationship on and off the court as they cope with changes in their lives. [BOOK TRAILER]

Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Castle “Ghost” Cranshaw feels like he’s been running ever since his dad pulled that gun on him and his mom—and used it. [BOOK TRAILER]

✔ Guys Read: The Sports Pages by Jon Scieszka
Each book in this series features ten short stories in different genres, by some of the best writers in each genre. [GUYS READ AUTHORS TELL "THE JOKE"]

magnifying glassMYSTERY

Ink & Ashes by Valynne Maetani

Sixteen-year-old Claire and her brothers have always believed their father died of a heart attack and that their mother met their stepdad after he died. But an old letter in their father’s journal reveals otherwise. 

Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout
Trust no one. Every camera is an eye. Every microphone an ear. Find me and we can stop him together. [BOOK TRAILER]


✔ Legend by Marie Lu
Fifteen-year-olds June and Day live completely different lives in the glorious Republic, a dystopic future Los Angeles. June is rich and brilliant, the only candidate ever to get a perfect score in the Trials. Day is an anonymous street rat, a slum child who failed his Trial. [BOOK TRAILER]

Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson
All remaining humans are leaving Mars for a distant planet, but departure day goes sideways. [BOOK REVIEW]

girl with glassesREALISTIC FICTION

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park don’t meet cute; they meet vexed on the school bus, trapped into sitting together by a dearth of seats and their low social status. [BOOK TRAILER]

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt
Joseph Brook looks like an average eighth-grader at Eastham Middle School, but he’s not. He became a father at age 13, spent time in juvie, and has an abusive father. [BOOK TRAILER]

The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli
Perpetually angry, motherless Cammie O’Reilly, the warden’s daughter, sets about turning Eloda Pupko, the silent, distant trustee working as “Cammie-keeper,” into a mother figure over the summer she turns 13. [AUTHOR INTERVIEW]

The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams
British comedian Walliams tells the story of Dennis, who lives in a dreary house with his depressed, working-class dad and older brother. He’s the star of his soccer team, but the thing that really gives Dennis’s life magic is his penchant for women’s fashion. [MOVIE TRAILER]

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely
Two boys, one black and one white, act out an all-too-familiar drama when the former is brutally beaten during an arrest and the latter witnesses it. [BOOK TRAILER]

speech bubbleGRAPHIC NOVELS

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

This story about growing up different is more than just the story of a Chinese-American childhood; it's a fable for every kid born into a body and a life they wished they could escape. [BOOK TRAILER]

Last of the Sandwalkers by Jay Hosler
Impetuous, baseball-cap–clad Lucy, a rising young beetle researcher, heads the first expedition to leave New Coleopolis since its founding 1,002 years ago, when the god Scarabus annihilated old Coleopolis with a barrage of coconuts. [BOOK REVIEW]

March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell
A living icon of the civil rights movement brings his frank and stirring account of the movement’s most tumultuous years (so far) to a climax. [BOOK TRAILER]

How to Fake a Moon Landing by Darryl Cunningham
It's easy to misunderstand or be misled about scientific topics such as climate change, evolution, and vaccinations. This book examines several claims, using real-world examples, and explains why science and critical thinking are needed to evaluate them.  [BOOK EXCERPT]

witch hatFANTASY

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

In a Russian-inflected fantasy world, an orphan comes into immense power and, with it, danger. [BOOK TRAILER]

Doll Bones by Holly Black
The lifelong friendship of Zach, Poppy and Alice revolves around their joint creation, an epic role-playing saga of pirates and perils, queens and quests. But now they are 12, and their interests are changing along with their bodies. [BOOK TRAILER]

The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz & Hatem Aly
This multiple-narrator fairy tale relates the adventures of Jeanne, a white Christian peasant girl who has prophetic visions; biracial white/black William, a Muslim-born monk-in-training with preternatural strength; and Jacob, a Jewish boy with incredible healing powers. [BOOK TRAILER]


The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown & Gregory Mone Hamilton

The long, passionate journey of the University of Washington rowing team to the 1936 Berlin Olympics. [BOOK TRAILER]

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
A multi-award–winning author recalls her childhood and the joy of becoming a writer. Writing in free verse, Woodson starts with her 1963 birth in Ohio during the civil rights movement, when America is “a country caught / between Black and White.” [BOOK TRAILER]

Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America by Teri Kanefield 
The contributions and eventful life of founding father Alexander Hamilton are examined and explained. [CLIPS FROM HAMILTON, THE MUSICAL]

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