Seventh & Eighth Grade Summer Reading List

Fiction 

  • Avi. The Seer of the Shadows – Horace Carpetine does not believe in ghosts.  Do you?!
  • Bryant, Jen. Pieces of Georgia – Georgia McCoy is an artist.  A few days after her 13th birthday, she receives an unexpected gift-a strange, formal letter, all typed up and signed anonymous. Things begin to change.
  • Carvell, Marlene. Sweetgrass Basket (Historical Novel) – In prose poetry and alternating voices, Marlene Carvell weaves a heartbreakingly beautiful story based on the real-life experiences of Native American children.
  • Colfer, Eoin. Airman (Adventure) – Conor Broekhart was born to fly.
  • Cummings, Priscilla. Blindsided – 14-year-old Natalie’s world is about to be turned upside down with the news that she will soon go blind.
  • Curry, Jane Louise. The Black Canary – James has grown up in a musical family.  His family assumes that James will pursue music as well.  James has other things in mind until he discovers a portal that takes him back in time.
  • Deuker, Carl. Payback – Another entertaining and readable football story that keeps you in suspense along the way!
  • Draper, Sharon. Out of My Mind  This story will forever change how we all look at anyone with a disability.  Perfect for fans of RJ Palacio’s Wonder.
  • Falkner, Brian.  Tomorrow Code – Three young New Zealanders square off against a biological apocalypse in this scientific page turner.
  • Fox, Helen. Eager – Gavin and Fleur’s much-loved robot, Grumps, is running down.  A scientist friend loans them an EGR3, an experimental new robot, to help Grumps. Your house watches you, knows your secrets, and talks to you.
  • Gorman, Carol. Games – Two eighth graders are rivals in every way, and with two fights in the first week of school, they’ve set the stage for a yearlong showdown.
  • Haddix, Margaret. Claim to Fame – Lindsay was five when she became a TV star.  It seemed she was set for life—until she had a breakdown when she was eleven.  Lindsay developed a very dangerous sense of ESP – the ability to hear what anyone was thinking about her, at anytime, anywhere in the world.
  • Han, Jenny.  Shug – Annemarie “Shug” Wilcox is clever and brave and true (on the inside anyway). She’s about to become your new best friend in this enchanting middle grade novel.
  • Herlong, M.H.  The Great Wide Sea – Ben, Dylan, and Gerry are still mourning their mother’s death when their dad decides to buy a boat and take them on a year-long sailing trip.
  • Hilmo, Tess. Cinnamon Moon – On the same day as the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, 250 miles away in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, there was an even more devastating fire.
  • Key, Watt.  Alabama Moon – For as long as Moon can remember, he lived out in the forest in a shelter with his father.  When his father dies, Moon follows his father’s last instructions: to travel to Alaska to find others like themselves.
  • LaFleur, Suzanne. Listening for Lucca – Thirteen-year-old Siena moves from New York City to a Maine coastal town before the start of eighth grade. Unlike most teens, she doesn’t mind the change.
  • Lupica, Mike.  Million Dollar Throw – Everyone calls Nate Brodie “Brady” because he’s a New England quarterback, just like his idol, Tom Brady.
  • Reynolds, Jason.  As Brave As You – When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires—literally—in this “pitch-perfect” contemporary novel.
  • Stevenson, Noelle. Nimona – Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All of these and more await in this brilliant graphic novel!
  • Tanner, Lian. Icebreaker (The Icebreaker Trilogy) – Twelve-year-old Petrel is an outcast, living on an ancient icebreaker that has been following the same ocean course for 300 years.

Series Books

  • Horowitz, Anthony. Stormbreaker Series
  • Jacques, Brian. Redwall Series
  • Roth, Veronica. Divergent Series

Classic Literature

  • Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women
  • Hugo, Victor. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Shakespeare, William.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Twain Mark. The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn

Nonfiction

  • Aronson, Marc. Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners From 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert
  • Boyer, Crispin. The Book of Heroes: Tales of History’s Most Daring Guys
  • Burns, Loree Griffin. Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion
  • Capuzzo, Mike. Close to Shore: the Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916
  • Deneberg, Dennis and Lorraine Roscoes. 50 American Heroes Every Kid should Meet, 2nd Revised Edition
  • Drimmer, Stephanie Warren.  The Book of Heroines: Tales of History’s Gutsiest Gals
  • Freedman, Russell. The War to End all Wars: World War I
  • Masoff, Joy. Oh, Yuck! The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty
  • Moore, Wes. The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
  • Park, Linda Sue. A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
  • Shetterly, Margot Lee. Hidden Figures – Young Readers’ Edition
  • Warren, Andrea. Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy