RECOMMENDED READING for GRADES 7 & 8 Great new books to enjoy: The Second Summer of the Sisterhood By Ann Brashares A sequel to "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" in which the four girls, now sixteen, embark on another summer of travels and life lessons charmed by a shared pair of seemingly magical thriftstore jeans. Remembrance By Theresa Breslin An unforgettable novel about World War I - and five young people whose lives will be changed for ever as a result. From a Carnegie Medal-winning author. The Lionboy Series By Zizou Corder Charlie Ashanti is on the run from an amazing floating circus with six homesick beautiful lions. Titles include: Lionboy; Lionboy: the Chase; and Lionboy: the Truth. The Pellinor Series By Alison Croggon In the Pellinor series, the action begins with the discovery of a manuscript from the lost civilization of Edil-Amarandah. It chronicles the experiences of sixteen-year-old Maerad, an orphan gifted in the magic and power of the Bards, as she escapes from slavery and begins to learn how to use her Gift to stave off the evil Darkness that threatens to consume her world. Book One of the series is titled The Naming, and book two is The Riddle. The Oracle Betrayed By Catherine Fisher Book One in the Oracle Prophecies series, this volume introduces Mirany after she is chosen to be ‘Bearer-of-the-god.’ She questions the established order and sets out, along with a musician and a scribe, to find the legitimate heir of the religious leader known as the Archon. The Ruins of Gorlan By John Flanagan 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. The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs By Jack Gantos Discover the author who will be visiting Marymount School for Young Authors Week 2008. In this challenging novel, the story is centered around a young woman named Ivy. She made a shocking discovery in her small western Pennsylvania town when she was seven years old, and learned a surprising secret nine years later. She questions whether she has inherited the Rumbaugh curse of having excessive love for one's mother. I, Coriander By Sally Gardner In 17th century London, Coriander, a girl who has inherited magic from her mother, must find a way to use this magic in order to save both herself and an inhabitant of the fairy world where her mother was born. The Year the Gypsies Came By Linzi Glass In Johannesburg, South Africa, in the late 1960s, twelve-year-old Emily, who longs for affection from her quarreling parents, finds comfort in the stories of a Zulu servant and in her friendship with a young houseguest who has an equally troubled family. An Abundance of Katherines By John Green Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships. M.C. Higgins the Great By Virginia Hamilton As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house in the Ohio hills, fifteen-year-old M.C. is torn between trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they love. This is the 25th anniversary edition of this Newbery honor book. The Outsiders By S.E. Hinton The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society. Blood River: A James Bond Adventure By Charles Higson Book two in the Young Bond series, we find thirteen-year-old James Bond. He is an Eton student and member of the Danger Society, travels to his cousin's home on the Italian island of Sardinia where he becomes involved in trying to unravel the mystery behind an ancient Roman society and an art heist that have left a young girl's life hanging in the balance. The Pinhoe Egg By Diane Wynn Jones Two powerful young enchanters, Cat, the future Chrestomanci, and Marianne, who is being trained to be Gammer of the Pinhoes, work together as friends to try to end an illegal witches' war and, in the process, right some old wrongs. Born to Rock By Gordon Korman High school senior Leo Caraway, a conservative Republican, learns that his biological father is a punk rock legend. Messenger By Lois Lowry In this novel that unites characters from "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue," Matty, a young member of a utopian community that values honesty, conceals an emerging healing power that he cannot explain or understand. The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy Complied and edited by Leonard S. Marcus A collection of interviews in which thirteen fantasy writers discuss their craft, influential life experiences, literary inspirations, work routines, and beliefs. Tales of Don Quixote By Miguel de Cervantes Retold by Barbara Nichol An aging Don Quixote attempts to rekindle his youth by traveling the Spanish countryside searching for damsels in distress and injustices to be mended. Sir Thursday By Garth Nix When Arthur is drafted into the Glorious Army of the Architect by Sir Thursday, he must survive basic training, avoid getting posted to the Front, and figure out how to free Part Four of the Will, while Leaf tries to banish Arthur's doppleganger on Earth. A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life By Dana Reinhardt Sixteen-year-old atheist Simone Turner-Bloom's life changes in unexpected ways when her parents convince her to make contact with her biological mother, an agnostic from a Jewish family who is losing her battle with cancer. Small Steps By Louis Sachar Three years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is trying hard to keep his life on track, but when his old pal X-Ray shows up with a tempting plan to make some easy money scalping concert tickets, Armpit reluctantly goes along. A True and Faithful Narrative By Katherine Sturtevant In London in the 1680s, sixteen-year-old Meg tries to decide whether to marry either of the two men who court her, taking into account both love and her writing ambitions. The New Policeman By Kate Thompson Fifteen-year-old musician J.J. Liddy leaves his small, Irish town and travels to the land of the fairies to search for time so he can give it to his busy mother, but when he gets there, he discovers that the inhabitants are in trouble and learns about his family's secret history. And, remember these great reads too: Pig-Heart Boy By Malorie Blackman Cameron is thirteen and desperately in need of a heart transplant when a pioneering doctor approaches his family with a startling proposal. He can give Cameron a new heart- but not one from a human, one from a pig. It’s never been done before. It’s experimental, risky and controversial. It’s all up to Cameron. Will he become the first ever pig-heart boy. Short listed for the Carnegie Medal, this is a powerful story about friendship, loyalty and family. Hacker By Malorie Blackman When her father is accused of stealing over a million pounds from the bank where he works, Vicky is determined to prove him innocent. And she starts by hacking into the banks computers... Remembrance By Theresa Breslin Summer 1915, and the sound of the guns at the Western Front can be heard across the Channel in England. Throughout Britain, local regiments are recruiting for Kitchener’s Army. In the village of Stratharden, the Great War has already begun to irrevocably alter the course of five young lives...An epic novel from an award-winning author. Read it – and remember… The Wanderer By Sharon Creech Thirteen-year-old Sophie and her cousin Cody record their transatlantic crossing aboard the Wanderer, a forty-five-foot sailboat, which, along with uncles and another cousin, is en route to visit their grandfather in England. This Newbery Award winner’s latest novel is an adventure-filled story of a courageous girl’s journey across the ocean, and into the memories of her past. After the first death By Robert Cormier If you have read any Cormier novel, you will not be surprised to learn that this book takes you into the minds and lives of the protagonists in a gripping plot which pulls no punches! When Kate drives the school bus instead of the regular driver, who is ill, she does not expect it to be taken over by terrorists. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time By Mark Haddon Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-yearold boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother. The Old Man and the Sea By Ernest Hemingway Among the finest in English literature, Hemingway’s descriptions of fishing and the teeming tropical life abounding in the Gulf Stream, provide a setting of warmth and shimmering beauty for the struggle between man against sea, and man against fate. This Nobel Prize winner’s novel remains one of his most popular works today. Olive’s Ocean By Kevin Henkes On a summer visit to her grandmother's cottage by the ocean twelve year old Martha gains perspective on the death of a classmate, on her relationship with her grandmother, on her feelings for an older boy and on her plans to be a writer. Piratica: being a Daring Tale of a Singular Girl’s Adventure upon the High Seas presented most handsomely by the Notorious Tanith Lee By Tanith Lee Artemesia finally escapes the prim and proper world of finishing schools and sets out to win her mother's title as pirate queen of the seas until she meets her match against Goldie Girl, the treacherous captain of the pirate ship "Enemy." Private Peaceful By Michael Morpurgo An underage World War 1 soldier spends the night before his brother’s execution recalling joyful and painful memories of their lives together and reflecting on their fates. A powerful and moving depiction of duty and devotion by the 2003-2005 Children’s Laureate. Northern Lights By Philip Pullman The first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy. After the disappearance of a friend, a quest ensues which leads Lyra to the bleak splendour of the North with its strange terrors…Lyra overcomes these only to find something more perilous waiting for her – something with consequences which may even reach beyond the Northern Lights...The trilogy is continued in The Subtle Knife, Scholastic,1997 and The Amber Glass, Scholastic, 2000 forms the third and concluding volume of this award-winning author’s masterpiece. This Dark Materials trilogy promises to live alongside the works of Tolkien and CS Lewis as an icon of imaginative writing for children. Other recommended reading by Philip Pullman: The Ruby in the Smoke, Scholastic, 2004. The Shadow in the North, Scholastic, 1999. The Tin Princess, Scholastic, 2000. The Tiger in the Well, Scholastic, 1999.