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Grade 7 Book Recommendations

Students' interests are constantly evolving and it is important that the texts in our classrooms reflect these changes. In this article, is a list of Grade 7 books that come recommended by other teachers and previous students. 

Grade 7 book recommendations can be a challenge to find sometimes. Students’ interests are constantly evolving and it is important that the texts in our classrooms reflect these changes. Below is a list of Grade 7 books that come recommended by other teachers and previous students.

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Grade 7 Book Recommendations

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

Charlotte Doyle is a thirteen-year-old who is excited to be going home to her family in Rhode Island. She has been away at school in England. Charlotte ends up being the only passenger on the long trip and ends up in the middle of a fight between the captain and the crew which lands her on trial for murder.

No Summit Out of Sight by Jordan Romero

Jordan Romero was thirteen when he was named the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest and at fifteen he was the youngest person to climb the tallest mountains on each of the continents. This is Jordan’s memoir of his experiences and what he had to do to achieve his dream.

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

Arthur T. Owens threw a brick at a trash picker and it hits him. His punishment is to spend 120 hours working for the trash picker. Arthur is given a shopping cart and a list of the Seven Most Important Things to look for. Arthur starts to realize there is more to the trash picker and that he is making the garbage into something more than anyone could guess.

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Most of the students at Meridian High School think fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is just the kid with Tourette’s, they don’t know that he has electric powers. Michael believes he is alone in his powers until he finds out a cheerleader named Taylor has the same powers. Michael, Taylor and a friend set out to find out how they came to have these powers and also find a group that wants to control these unique teens and the world through their powers.

Other Books in this Series:

  • Rise of the Elgen
  • Battle of the Ampere
  • Hunt for Jade Dragon
  • Storm of Lightning
  • Fall of Hades
  • The Final Spark

The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

Mark seems like a regular kid, he has a dog, a best friend, he takes pictures and wants to climb a mountain. But Mark is sick and might not get better. Mark runs away with his camera, his dog and a plan to climb Mount Rainier.

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Carley is sent to live with the Murphys as a foster child and is surprised by stable family life. Carley tries to resist the family, but eventually, they show her how to belong. When Carley’s mother wants her back, she needs to decide where she will live.

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Joseph is only thirteen when he becomes a father, but he has never seen his daughter. He is sent to a detention center and is later sent to a foster family who live on a farm in Maine, where he meets Jack. Jack tells the story of troubled Joseph and his drive to find his daughter.

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost a young student is discovered by Coach who sees he has a great deal of natural talent on the track. Coach thinks Ghost could possibly become a member of the Junior Olympic team if he can keep his life on the right track.

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family during the Taliban rule in Afghanistan. One day her father is arrested, leaving their family with no income source. Parvana must disguise herself as a boy and find a way to earn money for her family.

Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key

Cort has been trained by his father about hunting and swamp lore in Alabama, his father is the local expert. Cort must use all the skills and knowledge his father taught him when he is caught in a hurricane with two other children.

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Paul Fisher has recently moved to a new home in Tangerine County, Florida. Although he wears thick glasses, he still notices that many unusual events occur in his new hometown – lightning strikes, sinkholes and fires. He also must deal with the frequent bullying from his star athlete older brother. He finds solace once he joins the local soccer team. As many events continue to occur, anything seems possible in Tangerine County, Florida.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson

Rafe Khatchadorian is entering middle school with a plan to make it a great year, he is going to break all the rules in the school’s Code of Conduct. Each rule broken earns him points, but he soon needs to decide if he should face the rules and bullies that he has been trying to avoid.

Other Books In This Series:

  • Middle School: Get Me Out of Here!
  • Middle School: Big, Fat Liar
  • Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill
  • Middle School: Ultimate Showdown
  • Middle School: How I Got Lost in London
  • Middle School: Save Rafe!
  • Middle School: Just My Rotten Luck
  • Middle School: Dog’s Best Friend
  • Middle School: Escape to Australia
  • Middle School: From Hero to Zero
  • Middle School: Born to Rock

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Twelve-year-old Amira’s life is turned upside down when the Janjaweed militia destroys her village. Amira walks to a refugee camp and must endure a hard life here until she receives the gift of a red pencil.

For more great middle school books, check out this blog post – Best Middle School Book Recommendations. Also, check out some fantastic YA books in this blog post – High School Book Recommendations.

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