New Books for 7th & 8th Graders

The Book of Spells: A Private Prequel
Kate Brian

Reading Level: Grades 8+

Kate Brian expands the back story of her Private series in this gripping prequel.

16-year-old Eliza is delighted when her mother decides to send Eliza away to the Billings School for Girls. Finally, she will have a chance to spread her wings away from her mother's eagle eye. But the expectations for upper class girls at the beginning of the 20th century are stifling whether enforced by her mother or the teachers at the school.

When a forbidden moonlight excursion lands Eliza and three friends in trouble, they are sentenced to weeding the school garden. There Eliza uncovers a buried cache of dangerous books that lead the girls into supernatural danger.

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Other eerie boarding school tales include :

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and

Evernight by Claudia Gray

Whittenberg, Allison

Reading Level: Grades 8+

"Are you a minority?  Unemployed, underemployed, or economically disadvantaged?  We serve the entire West Side, and we have services that can assist you to a new FUTURE!  Stop by today."

Hakiam didn't believe the lame sign. He just stopped by to get extra credit for his GED class. He went back the second time because of the girl behind the desk. Even with her rich girl clothes and fancy way of talking...there was something about her.

Wendy couldn't believe the guy's attitude. She volunteered to help guys like him. Where did he get off judging her, making fun of her just because she spoke like an educated person? He might be cute but she could never hook up with someone like him, her father would kill her.

When the lives of these two African American teens cross, sparks fly between them and cause ripples in the relationships with the other people in their lives.

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If you enjoyed this story try:

Street Love by Walter Dean Myers

Girl Overboard
Justina Chen Headley

Reading Level: Grades 8+

To the outside observer, Syrah Cheng, daughter of billionaire Ethan Cheng, lives a charmed life. If only it were so. Between her critical, distant parents, her hateful adult half brother and sister and her sycophantic classmates, Syrah feels besieged and alone. Life has been even worse since the snowboarding accident that almost took her life and brought her under the unfavorable scrutiny of the press.

When her life long friend Age turns his back on her, Syrah realizes that her happiness lies within herself.

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Other stories of the extremely rich and famous include :

The Daughters by Johanna Philbin

Likely Story by David Van Etten

My Double Life by Janette Rallison