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What are your top titles for 7th/8th grade literature (not history)

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Can you give a sense of what she's read? I think this can go a lot of directions...

 

On ds's list for 7th grade...

 

The Time Machine

Tuck Everlasting

Crash

Wednesday Wars

Call of the Wild

A Long Walk to Water

Sounder

 

But... ds is an average reader. And I picked a lot more boy books for him. He also has short stories to read by a variety of authors...

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My daughter is an average reader and she hasn't read a ton of good books unfortunately. Since she has been in school the last two years, it seems reading is not something that is done or assigned. The last curriculum she did was Heart of Dakota but that was 3 years ago. I am bringing her home next year so I want some fun and classic titles. 

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Books my 13 yr-old daughter has loved:

Little Women

Anne of Green Gables series

Olive's Ocean

Jacob Have I Loved

Hunger Games series

A Long Walk to Water

Children of the River

Diary of Anne Frank

To Kill a Mockingbird

Pride and Prejudice

Sense and Sensibility

Jane Eyre

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Well, let's see. I think, if she hasn't read much in school and doesn't read much for pleasure, then the first thing you want to do is get her to enjoy reading. So I'll focus on enjoyable books - no death march through literature here! (Though if your daughter really enjoys a good cry when she reads, I can come up with a different list of books, no problem.)

 

I'm going to organize this list loosely by reading level (but don't take that too seriously! a high reading level, however that's measured, is no guarantee of literary quality, and vice versa.) When books are part of a series, I will probably only list one of them. All these books are written for middle grade or YA.

 

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

 

The Jumbies

 

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah

 

A Time to Dance

 

Vodnik

 

The Thing About Luck

 

Hammer of Witches

 

Salvage

 

The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm

 

Blackbird Fly

 

Ambassador

 

House of the Scorpion

 

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

 

The Moorchild

 

Starry River of the Sky

 

Mars Evacuees

 

Princess Academy

 

Zahrah, the Windseeker

 

Not Your Sidekick

 

Summer of the Mariposas

 

Savvy

 

Runemarks

 

Ink and Ashes

 

Under the Mesquite

 

The Earthsea Cycle

 

A Face Like Glass

 

 

Historical fiction

 

(I know you said not to include this, but there's a lot that's pretty good, and something might catch your eye! These books are also loosely sorted by reading level.)

 

Stella by Starlight

 

Flygirl

 

Home Is With Our Family

 

Full Cicada Moon

 

Echo

 

One Crazy Summer

 

The Mighty Miss Malone

 

Celeste's Harlem Renaissance

 

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

 

The Golden Mountain Chronicles

 

Out of Many Waters

 

Heart of a Samurai

 

Chains

 

If I Ever Get Out of Here

 

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

 

Midwife's Apprentice

 

Code Talker

 

A Single Shard

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My 7th grade son read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory several years ago. He found The Glass Elevator at the library last week, checked it out, read it and loved it. It picks up right where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory left off. It was a fun read, which I think our kids need more of.

 

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My reluctant reader 7th grade son loved Tuck Everlasting and is now reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. Other titles I have in mind for him (some may be more "boy" books): Number the Stars, Hatchet, The Shakespeare Stealer, The Westing Game, The Giver, The Mysterious Benedict Society, Fever 1793, Because of Mr. Terupt,  and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I read aloud The Wednesday Wars and The Candymakers to him and he loved both. Currently I am reading the sequel to The Candymakers to him. He could have read these himself but they were/are our read alouds.

 

I had similar goals to yours when I brought my son back home this year—to help him love reading and give him exposure to "good" literature. He had been in school for the last three years and in his 6th grade honors Language Arts class he had only had one assigned novel all year!! Needless to say, my ds did not cultivate a love of reading from his school work, or the literary analysis skills I would have expected him to have by now, so I am playing a bit of "catch-up" and trying to keep the interest level and quality high without overwhelming him with way too much complexity.

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