New Books for 7th & 8th Graders

Julie Chibbaro

Reading Level: Grades 7-9

16-year-old Prudence Galewski knows she should be grateful to be a scholarship student at Mrs. Browning's School for Girls but she finds her lessons in typing, literature and deportment oppressive. Prudence doesn't want to be a wife and mother or a secretary at a bank. She wants to know what causes diseases and how to prevent them even though girls in the early 19th century were not supposed to be interested in such unladylike things.

Prudence gets her chance when she is hired as Mr. Soper's assistant at the New York Department of Health and Sanitation. But soon Prudence has reason to doubt the wisdom of her career path when an investigation of a string of typhoid cases leads her and Mr. Soper down a path of controversy and danger.

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Other historical stories of strong young women include:

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

Parade of Shadows by Gloria Whelan and

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Orchards: A Novel
Holly Thompson

Reading Level: Grades 8-10

Kana Goldberg gains a deeper understanding of herself and others when she is sent to Japan to spend the summer with her mother's relatives after a bullied 8th grade classmate takes her own life.

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Other engrossing novels told in verse are:

Karma: A Novel in Verse

Shark Girl by Kelly L. Bingham

Kaleidoscope Eyes by Jennifer Bryant

You Are Not Here by Samantha Schultz and

After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy

Other tales of American kids adjusting to life in foreign lands include:

Hannah's Winter by Kierin Meehan

The Heart is Not a Size by Beth Kephart and

How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles

A Tale Dark and Grimm
Adam Gidwitz

Reading Level: Grades 5-8

Gidwitz chronicles Hansel and Gretel's adventures through some of the Grimm Brothers most blood-thirsty stories in this hilarious, terrifying fairy tale send-up.

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If you enjoyed this terrifyingly funny fairy tale adventure try:

The Witch's Guide to Cooking With Children by Keith McGowan