Recommended Reading for grade 7.

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Here is a list of books our teacher editors suggest for students in grade 7. Our selections include titles for both girls and boys who have a variety of interests. These selections include both "academic" and "recreational" reading suggestions. Check the synopsis for the book that might interest your student.

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Across Five Aprils - by Irene Hunt

Classic Civil War Story with scenes of both sorrow and compassion.

Adam of the Road - by Elizabeth Janet Gray

A compelling story of the Middle Ages. A must for any history buff!

Anne of Avonlea - by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Anne Shirley is now sixteen and settling down as a teacher on Prince Edward Island. This is the second volume in the Anne of Green Gables story.

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables - by Lucy Maud Montgomery

After she is orphaned, Anne goes to live on Prince Edward Island in Canada. Her remarkable story, told in three volumes, will bring both tears and laughter.

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of the Island - by Lucy Maud Montgomery

This third volume in the Anne of Green Gables series finds Anne growing up and facing life changing decisions. Will she go to college, marry her love, or leave Green Gables forever?

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Anne of Green Gables

April Morning - by Howard Fast

Set against the backdrop of the War for Independence, this historical novel creates great and unforgettable characters.

The Bad Beginning - by Lemony Snicket

The first book in "A Series of Unfortunate Events" helps prove that stories about sadness and badness can be both funny and popular.

Bridge to Terabithia - by Katherine Paterson

Catherine, Called Birdy - by Karen Cushman

A tale of courage and hope set in the medieval period.

Chasing Redbird - by Sharon Creech

The woodlands of Kentucky are the setting for this contemporary novel .

The Chronicles of Narnia - by C. S. Lewis

There are seven volumes in this collection, beginning with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Four siblings have amazing and magical adventures that you will never forget.

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Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun - by Rhoda Blumberg

A Country of Strangers - by Conrad Richter

A continued examination of Native American culture.

A Day No Pigs Would Die - by Robert Peck

This is the story of a Shaker family set in the 1920s in Vermont. The narrator is a 12-year-old boy who learns about responsibility and compassion.

Ella Enchanted - by Gail Carson Levin

This Newberry winner will keep you spellbound! Can Ella undo the magic spell? Read it and see!

Freak the Mighty - by Rodman Philbrick

This is an inspiring story of friendship and compassion.

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - by E. L. Konigsburg

Themes of responsibility and integrity prevail in this adventure story set at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A Gathering of Days - by Joan Blos

A Gift of Magic - by Lois Duncan

A young girl, gifted with magic, must decide if she will use her mind reading ability for good or for only herself.

The Giver - by Lois Lowry

This fascinating book explores the themes of freedom and justice. The setting of the story is the far distant future in a utopian society; the tale raises many questions about human responsibility and courage.

The Golden Compass - by Philip Pullman

A fast-paced fantasy adventure, with a main character who is a girl.

Guts: The True Stories Behind the Hatchet Books - by Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen explains his life growing up in Minnesota and Alaska.

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Hatchet

Gutsy Girls: Young Women Who Dare - by Tina Schwager

A collection of stories by young women about how to break new ground and stay healthy and safe.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - by J. K. Rowling

Harry learns more about Hogwarts and its secrets.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - by J. K. Rowling

Potter and his friends compete for the golden goblet and learn much in doing so.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - by J.K. Rowling

Due to be released on June 21, 2003, this will be the 5th book in the wildly popular Potter series.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - by J. K. Rowling

Harry and friends continue to explore at Hogwarts, and more puzzles emerge.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - by J. K. Rowling

The famous Mr. Potter begins his career at Hogwarts.

Iggie's House - by Judy Blume

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Incident at Hawk's Hill - by Allan Eckert

An amazing story based on a true incident-a six year old is lost in a storm in Canada in 1870.

Izzy, Willy-Nilly - by Cynthia Voight

A serious book with streams of hope that exposes the tragedy that can result from drunk driving.

The Light in the Forest - by Conrad Richter

A young boy is captured by Indians; discover what he learns from his ordeal.

The Little Prince - by Antoine de Saint Exupery

Little Women - by Louisa May Alcott

Meet the March family-with daughters Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth. The Osbournes they are not---a classic story of a connected family, featuring love, romance, sadness and courage.

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Lyddie - by Katherine Paterson

The Miracle Worker - by William Gibson

This famous play tells the story of the inspiring life of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan.

Peacebound Trains - by Haemi Balgassi

A young girl and her grandmother watch passing trains and lose themselves in a story of escape from Seoul during the Korean War while they await the return of the girl's mother from the army.

The Reptile Room - by Lemony Snicket

The second episode of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" continues the adventures.

Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms - by Charles Smith

Poems and pictures about basketball.

The River - by Gary Paulsen

Paulsen's sequel to Hatchet continues the survival story of a young man stranded in the wilderness.

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Hatchet

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - by Mildred Taylor

Winner of the 1977 Newberry Medal, this book recounts the courage and endurance of a family living in the South during the Depression.

Sing Down the Moon - by Scott O'Dell

Sounder - by William Armstrong

A sharecropper's son must take on his father's work when his father is mistakenly taken to jail.

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The Summer of Swans - by Betsy Byars

Things Not Seen - by Andrew Clements

A very hip teen wakes up one morning to discover that he's invisible. See what happens next.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - by Christopher Paul Curtis

It is 1963 and an African American family from Michigan heads for Birmingham for a family visit. There they find hatred and more.

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Where the Red Fern Grows - by Wilson Rawls

The experiences of a young boy growing up in the Ozarks. Many teens proclaim this "The best book I've ever read!"

The Wide Window - by Lemony Snicket

The third installment of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" that has young readers clamoring for more.

A Wrinkle in Time - by Madeleine L'Engle

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A Year Down Under - by Richard Peck

Fifteen year-old Mary Alice must spend a year in a small town with her grandmother. Along the way, there are lots of interesting adventures. A Newbery award winner.