New Books for 7th & 8th Graders

Game Over, Pete Watson
by
Joe Schreiber

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 7

You don't have to be a gamer to love this book.  It's an action-packed, hilarious adventure of video games and spies.   Pete Wilson is short $20 to buy the newest, most awesome video game, Brawl-A-Thon 3000XL.  Since he need money he decides, without permission, to hold a garage sale and sell his father's ancient 8-bit game console CommandRoid 85 to The Bug Man.  Mistake!!!   His father is kidnapped and the President of the U.S. starts talking nonsense.  It's up to Pete and friends to save the day.  (game on)  Cartoons and heavily pixilated images by Andy Rash make a winning combination.

Meet illustrator Andy Rash at the iRead kick-off on January 10th.

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The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days
by
Michele Weber Hurwitz

Reading Level: Grades 5 - 8

Can a 13-year-old girl really make a difference in the world?  While she's never been the "kind of person who goes out of her way to help people" Nina decides to do one nice thing for a neighbor for each day of the summer.  All the while she's dealing with the loss of her beloved grandmother, her type-A parents, and her brother who may be headed for trouble.   Nina also deals with her changing friendship with  her best friend, Jorie.  It's even harder when she realizes they both  has a crush on the same neighbor boy,  This is a feel-good read with a bright, charming heroine you'll be rooting for.

Meet author Michele Weber Hurwitz at the iRead Kick-off on January 10th.

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Dear Killer
by
Katherine Ewell

Reading Level: Grades 7 and up

Kit's mother was a serial killer before she married. She had a drop box in London where people could request a murder and she marked each of her victims with a magic marker heart on their chest, but she never managed to reach the notoriety that most serial killers do. After "quitting" her mother uses her experience to train her only child to be a perfect killing machine. Kit takes over the drop box (with her mother's help) at age nine and, as she grows older and becomes independent, leaves her calling card, the letters cleaned of all DNA, with each of her victims. By the time she is seventeen she has reached Jack the Ripper status and is known to the public as The Perfect Killer. However, when she gets a request from a classmate to kill another classmate things begin to spiral out of control.

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