New Books for 7th & 8th Graders

Star-crossed
by
Barbara Dee

Reading Level: Grades 4 through 8

Eighth-grader Matilda, who goes by Mattie, is not used to being in the spotlight. She is perfectly happy playing the side character of Paris in her middle-school’s production of Romeo and Juliet. However, she finds herself becoming more and more interested in the language of Shakespeare, as well as the cute new girl from England. But when the lead playing Romeo drops out, she is asked to step in to replace him. The only problem is, her crush Gemma Braithwaite is playing Juliet!

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If you enjoy this book, try:

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonski

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle

Hideout
by
Watt Key

Reading Level: Ages 10-13

When 12-year-old Sam's father gave him his very own fishing boat, it came with rules.  He had to wear a life jacket.  He had to drive his boat carefully.  And he was to stay on the Pascagoula River.  But when Sam's school year ends with him being badly beaten by bullies, Sam feels the need to prove his courage.  So he breaks his father's rule and steers his boat into the dangerous waterways of the nearby bayou where he finds a half-wild boy living in an abandoned fishing shack. The desperate boy begs Sam to keep him a secret.  That promise launches Sam into a dangerous adventure...one that may cost him his life.

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Other gripping survival adventures include:

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby

Take Me to the River by Will Hobbs and

The Wolf Keepers by Elise Broach

Zenn Diagram
by
Wendy Brant

Reading Level: Ages 14-18

17-year-old Eva does not like human touch.  She doesn't even like to touch someone else's personal items like cell phones or a favorite sweater.  People think Eva is on the spectrum or a germaphobe  she is neither but lets them think so.  Only her parents know the real reason.  Eva is a touch empath.  One touch of a person or their important possession drops Eva down a hole of their emotions, secrets and desires.  Eva has managed to get through high school without being overwhelmed by following her no touch rule.  But then she meets Zenn a handsome, gentle funny boy.  A boy that she would really like to touch.

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Other engrossing novels featuring paranormal teens include:

Numbers by Rachel Ward

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans and

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

 

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