New Books for 7th & 8th Graders

The Floating Islands
by
Rachel Neumeier

Reading Level: Grades 5 - 7

After a volcanic eruption demolishes his village and kills his parents and sister, Trei seeks help from his father's brother only to be sent away because he is a "half-breed." Trei then makes the difficult journey to the floating islands to seek help from his mother's family. With their sponsorship, Trei is tested and accepted as an apprentice karjuraihi where he learns to make his own pair of feathered wings and join the legendary corps of soaring kajuraihi. Just as Trei settles into his happy new life, disaster strikes again and it is up to Trei and his cousin to save their island home.

Other fantastic tales of questing flyers include:
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins and
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson and

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See What I See
by
Gloria Whelan

Reading Level: Grades 8+

When Kate Tapert earns a four-year scholarship to a Detroit art school, she realizes the only way she can afford to attend is if she lives with her estranged father, the famous reclusive artist Dalton Quinn. When Dalton's daughter shows up on his doorstep he orders her to leave until she threatens to reveal his secret.

Other stories of teens reconnecting with absent fathers try:
Choppy Socky Blues by Ed Briant
Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee and
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones

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Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
by
Jean Lee Latham

Reading Level:  Grades 4 and up

Our story begins in 1775. Nat Bowditch, a small boy for his age, loves arithmetic more than anything because the answers always come out the same. His eldest brother has just signed on with a ship leaving for the open ocean and Nat’s father, deciding that his son needs to begin a trade, has pulled Nat out of school.

Nat is apprenticed to a ship chandlery as their bookkeeper for nine years, squashing all dreams he had of studying at Harvard University. But, Nat remembers his brother’s parting words to him – boys don’t blubber - and keeps his head held high. Nat grows up quickly; his raw determination to learn coupled with the difficulties of Revolutionary life made him seem mature far beyond his young years.

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is an ultimate nautical adventure story, sharing the tale of a young boy, who never thought his dreams could ever be reached, becoming a widely educated man – despite never continuing school past the age of ten. Written in 1956 by Jean Lee Latham, Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is a must-read for all adventurous young boys.

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