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Summer Reading 2018 Grades 7 & 8
Handpicked and reviewed by our staff for 2018 summer reading! Click on the cover images for more information.


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon has no intention of coming out, but when his emails get into someone else's hands he is forced to. Simon is a terrific character that makes you root for him. Recently made into a movie.


Insignia and its sequels, Catalyst and Vortex by S. J. Kincaid

Perfect reads for those who enjoyed Ender's Game but want something a little more grown-up. The planet's natural resources are almost gone and it’s losing the war to control the assets of the solar system. But fourteen-year-old Tom Raines has a unique skill that could win the war.


Airborn and sequel, Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel

A Printz award winner from 2005, this is a not a new book, but it’s one that should be more widely read. Matt is a cabin boy on an huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city to city. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonist's granddaughter that he realizes that the man's ravings may have been true.


The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

Fascinating tale, centring around Ariel, a young refugee, sole survivor of the destruction of his Middle Eastern village, who now lives in the US with an adoptive family. Ariel’s experience at

summer camp is blended with the stories of other narrators from different places and times.


The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

Young reader version of the best-selling book about the creation of the periodic table of elements. Adventure, greed, betrayal, obsession, mad scientists--and weird facts!


The Dire King by William Ritter

Fourth in the Jackaby series about a 19th century detective who solves mysteries both in our world and a fantasy one. An evil king is turning ancient tensions into modern strife, using a blend of magic and technology to push the earth and the otherworld into a mortal competition.


The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

Fascinating fantasy about a world where, every 12 years, everyone forgets everything in a day of bloody chaos--and then has to start life anew. Other than one girl, who remembers everything. The sequel, The Knowing, is out in hardcover.


Ball Don’t Lie by Matt de la Pena

An oldie but goodie about pro basketball wannabes. Sticky, a troubled and prickly foster kid, thinks basketball might be his escape. He’s good, but is he good enough?




Greetings from Witness Protection by Jake Burt

Streetwise Nicki is planted in a family in Witness Protection in an attempt to mislead the criminals who are hunting them. Nicki has to balance hitmen and school grades, bt as she grows to like her family, she learns that her own secrets could expose them all.


Landscape With Invisible Hand by M. T. Anderson

In a futuristic setting, aliens who at first seemed helpful, have conquered and streamlined life so much that no one has a job or food. One lone artist tries to portray the truth- will he succeed?


Hardscrabble by Sandra Dallas

Excellent historical fiction about a struggling family homesteading in Mingo, Colorado in 1910.