Great Books for 7th Graders

Is your teen heading into the 7th grade? We’ve got plenty of spectacular books for them! Though the library is still closed, you can place these books on hold for your curbside appointment or through one of our digital libraries (just download the Hoopla and/or Libby apps!)

7th grade

It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah: The host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” tells the story of growing up half black, half white in South Africa under and after apartheid in this young readers’ adaptation of his bestselling adult memoir “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. Catalog Overdrive/Libby

The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan: After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. He finds he’s a mortal 16-year-old and must earn his way back into Zeus’ favor by restoring five oracles. Catalog Hoopla Overdrive/Libby

Shuri (A Black Panther Novel) by Nic Stone: For centuries, the Chieftain of Wakanda (the Black Panther) has gained his powers through the juices of the Heart-Shaped Herb. Much like Vibranium, the Heart-Shaped Herb is essential to the survival and prosperity of Wakanda. But something is wrong. It’s up to Shuri to travel from Wakanda in order to discover what is killing the Herb, and how she can save it, in the first volume of this all-new, original adventure. Catalog Hoopla Overdrive/Libby

Go With the Flow by Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann: Sophomores Abby, Brit, Christine, and Sasha are fed up. Hazelton High never has enough tampons. Or pads. Or adults who will listen. Sick of an administration that puts football before female health, the girls confront a world that shrugs–or worse, squirms–at the thought of a menstruation revolution. They band together to make a change. Catalog Overdrive/Libby

Chasing King’s Killer by James L. Swanson: James Earl Ray and Martin Luther King, Jr. had two very different life journeys — but their paths fatally collide when Ray assassinates the world-renown civil rights leader. This book provides an inside look into both of their lives, the history of the time, and a blow-by-blow examination of the assassination and its aftermath. Catalog Hoopla Overdrive/Libby

Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner:  A middle-schooler comes face to face with his vampire-slayer crush in this laugh-out-loud funny coming-of-age story for anyone who’s ever felt too young, too small, or too average. Catalog Overdrive/Libby

The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix: Interweaving handwritten text and art in his signature style, Hendrix tells the fascinating story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who during World War II became convinced that Hitler and the Nazi Party needed to be stopped–and he was willing to sacrifice anything and everything to do so. Catalog Hoopla Overdrive/Libby

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei: A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist Takei’s childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an icon in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love. Catalog Hoopla Overdrive/Libby

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia: Seventh-grader Tristan Strong tumbles into the MidPass and, with allies John Henry and Brer Rabbit, must entice the god Anansi to come out of hiding and seal the hole Tristan accidentally ripped in the sky. Catalog Hoopla Overdrive/Libby

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson: At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers. Now, 10 years later, he joins the Reckoners, people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny. Catalog Overdrive/Libby

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk: When twelve-year-old Ellie and her family lose livelihood and move to a mountain cabin in 1934, she quickly learns to be an outdoors woman and, when needed, a healer. Catalog Overdrive/Libby

Disaster Strikes by Jeffrey Kluger: In this collection, bestselling author and award-winning journalist Kluger recounts 12 space missions that went wrong, telling the stories of the astronauts and the cosmonauts, the trials and the errors, the missions and the misses. Catalog

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes: Suspended unjustly from elite Middlefield Prep, Donte Ellison studies fencing with a former champion, hoping to put the racist fencing team captain in his place. Catalog Overdrive/Libby

Hood by Jenny Elder Moke (June 9, 2020 release): Isabelle of Kirklees has only ever known a quiet life inside the sheltered walls of the convent, where she lives with her mother, Marien. But after she is arrested by royal soldiers for defending innocent villagers, Isabelle becomes the target of the Wolf, King John’s ruthless right hand. Desperate to keep her daughter safe, Marien helps Isabelle escape and sends her on a mission to find the one person who can help: Isabelle’s father, Robin Hood. Catalog Overdrive/Libby

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson: At the start of the Revolutionary War, Isabelis sold to a cruel loyalist family, even though she has been promised freedomby her former owner. Soon faced with the choice of working for or against theBritish, Isabel chooses to work with anyone who can help her. Catalog Overdrive/Libby

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