New Books for 7th & 8th Graders

Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog
by
Tom Watson

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 7

Stick Dog is at it again!   This time Stick Dog and friends are determined to help themselves to the hot dogs in the frankfurther cart, but they have competition from a  gang of hungry racoons.  The friends devise various ridiculous schemes to steal the hot dogs that test practical Stick dog's patience.  Then there's an added problem when Karen, the dachshund, gets trapped in a human's house.  Once again, readers will love the the many funny "bad" drawings of Tom Watson.

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Rump: The Story of Rumpelstiltskin
by
Liesl Shurtliff

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 7

This is Rumpelstilton as never before.  Instead of the nasty, baby stealing gnome, Rump is a young boy, small for his age, malnourished, and picked on by village bullies. His mother died when he was born and the last thing she uttered was his name.  In a kingdom where your name is your fate, how much worse could it get than to be named Rump?  But is it his full name?

The orginal story is here.  There's the greedy miller, his beautiful daughter, a gold loving king, and a boy who can spin straw into gold.  Add in messanger gnomes, gold crazed biting pixies, witchesin woods, and smelly trolls and readers will agree that Shurtliff can spin some tale.

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Inhuman
by
Kat Falls

Reading Level: Grades 7 & up

Set in a dystopian American, years ago before the story begins a new virus killed millions of people and turned others into half-human, half-animal mutants.  The rest of humanity fled and built a wall along the Mississippi River to separate themselves from the "Feral Zone."

When 16-year-old Lane McEvoy learns her father has gone missing, she must enter the forbidden "Feral Zone" to complete a mission that could save his life.  Everson, a handsome border guard, and bad boy Rafe accompany Lane her astonishing journey.  The characters are multi-faceted and, like all good science fiction, Inhuman raises important questions, namely, what it is to be human or humane.  Readers will eagerly await the next two books in the trilogy.

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