New Books for 7th & 8th Graders

Matched
by
Ally Condie

Reading Level:  Grades 8 and up

The Society always makes the right choices for its citizens. Cassia has never doubted the choices made for her, never saw any reason to question the Society in any way. The night of her matching ceremony, where the Society will tell her who she will spend the rest of her life with, the man she is best suited to love, is no different.

And her Match is perfect. Against all the odds, Cassia is Matched with her best friend, Xander. The two of them are happy to be Matched together, and excitedly begin the next steps.

But alone, in her room, Cassia looks at her Match result again. She sees Xander's smiling face, and grins at it. Then Xander's face disappears, and another face appears. The face again is one she recognizes. How can Cassia have been matched TWICE, let alone with two people from her same colony? What is she supposed to do?

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If you liked Matched, you might also like:
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Older readers might also like:
The Host by Stephanie Meyer

I Shall Wear Midnight
by
Terry Pratchett

Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8

The fourth and final novel in Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series is a gem. 16-year-old Tiffany is now the witch of Chalk. Her duties include caring for the poor, aged and sick and delivering babies. When the old Barron dies, Tiffany is accused of theft, murder and the black arts. As old friends turn on her, Tiffany sets off for Ankh-Morpork (unwillingly accompanied by the fractious Nac Mac Feegles)to find the new baron only to discover life is much more dangerous for witches in the big city.

Other sophisticated fantasies include:
Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones,
Dragon's Bait by Vivian Vande Velde and
The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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Saraswati's Way
by
Monika Schroder

Reading Level: Grades 5 - 7

After his father dies, 12-year-old Akash's grandmother turns him over to the cruel owner of a quarry to work off the family's debt. Oppressed by the unbearable working conditions and the realization that the loan will never be paid off, Akash runs away to Delhi where he struggles to survive on his own.

I you enjoyed this tale of a third world kid surviving on his own, try:
I Am a Taxi by Deborah Ellis,
Trash by Andy Mulligan and
AK by Peter Dickinson

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