New Books for 7th & 8th Graders

Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx
Sonia Manzano

Reading Level: Grades 8 and older

Sonia Manzano, otherwise known as Maria on Sesame Street, tells the story of her childhood in the Bronx. Detailing everything from her mysteriously appearing older sister, through her father's drunken rages, to her first roll on Broadway, Sonia's story is not for younger, or more sensitive readers.

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Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Tales
Terry Pratchett

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 7

These fourteen short stories, written when Terry Pratchett when he was a junior reporter for a local paper, were dug up and re-edited by the author and put into this fun collection of satirical fantasy which has truly stood the test of time.

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Rhyme Schemer
K. A. Holt

Reading Level: ages 10 - 14

In this novel in verse, Kevin, who feel he's "king of seventh grade" enjoys being a bully at school.  Home is a different matter.  His physician parents are too busy to pay attention to their five sons.  Kevin is himself bullied by his next oldest brother.  When one of the school victims finds a notebook of poetry that Kevin has written, he uses the discovery to humiliate and bully Kevin in turn.

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