Grade 7 Summer Reading
Our summer reading list is created to inspire you to read.
Grade 7 students are required to choose two books from the selections listed below. Come to your first Language and Literature class in September prepared to complete an assignment on the books you chose from this list. New international students may opt to read just one book from the list, if appropriate to their language level.
Please take a look at our Grade 7 Summer Reading List below and head to the public library, search the family bookshelf, or browse your favourite bookstore for these fabulous stories.
|Airman by Eoin Colfer
In the 1890s, Conor Broekart is a boy living on the Saltee Islands off the Irish coast, where his father works as the king’s bodyguard. But his happy, carefree life is changed forever when he finds out that the power-hungry Marshall Hugo Bonvilian is organizing a military coup to overthrow the king.
Themes: gliders, Paris World Fair 1878, historical fiction
|The Akhenaten Adventure by Philip Kerr or others in The Children of the Lamp series
When twelve-year-old twins Philippa and John discover that they are descended from a long line of djinn, their mother sends them away to their Uncle Nimrod, who takes them to Cairo where he starts to teach them about their extraordinary powers.
Themes: magic, Egypt, twins, adventure
|The Angel Experiment by James Patterson or others from The Maximum Ride series
After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "birdkids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.
Themes: adventure, genetic engineering, science fiction
|Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery or others from the Anne series
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.
Themes: orphans, friendship, humour
|The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud or others from the Bartimaeus Trilogy
Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.
Themes: magic, wizards, apprentices
|Bloomability by Sharon Creech
When her aunt and uncle take her from New Mexico to Lugano, Switzerland, to attend an international school, thirteen-year-old Dinnie discovers an expanding world and her place within it.
Themes: boarding schools, Switzerland, friendship
|The Bone People by Keri Hulme
In a tower on the New Zealand sea lives Kerewin Holmes, part Maori, part European, an artist estranged from her art, a woman in exile from her family. One night her solitude is disrupted by a visitor—a speechless, mercurial boy named Simon, who tries to steal from her and then repays her with his most precious possession. As Kerewin succumbs to Simon's feral charm, she also falls under the spell of his Maori foster father Joe, who rescued the boy from a shipwreck and now treats him with an unsettling mixture of tenderness and brutality. Out of this unorthodox trinity Keri Hulme has created what is at once a mystery, a love story, and an ambitious exploration of the zone where Maori and European New Zealand meet, clash, and sometimes merge. Winner of both a Booker Prize and Pegasus Prize for Literature, The Bone People is a work of unfettered wordplay and mesmerizing emotional complexity.
|Book of the Maidservant by Rebecca Barnhouse
In 1413, a young maidservant accompanies her deeply religious mistress, Dame Margery Kempe, on a pilgrimage to Rome. Includes author’s note on Kempe, writer of The Book of Margery Kempe,i> considered by some to be the first autobiography in the English language.
Themes: religious life, pilgrims and pilgrimages, voyages and travels
|The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
The longest train in existence–more than seven miles from end to end–is about to make its first journey across Canada. The year is 1888 and hostile territory, inhabited by rogue Yetis, is ahead. Even if the train completes the trip, Will, the teenaged son of the train’s conductor, will have to thwart marsh witches, nefarious criminals, and a class system ingrained in the train’s design, to make it safely.
Themes: trains, fantasy
|Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
The 13-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.
Themes: Middle Ages, diaries, growing up
|Dead End In Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is “grounded for life” by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets. But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jack’s way once his mom loans him out to help a fiesty old neighbor with a most unusual chore—typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his utopian town. As one obituary leads to another, Jack is launced on a strange adventure involving molten wax, Eleanor Roosevelt, twisted promises, a homemade airplane, Girl Scout cookies, a man on a trike, a dancing plague, voices from the past, Hells Angels—and possibly murder. Themes: family, commmunity
|Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock
A woman is found stabbed to death in London. A young boy named Sherlock is drawn to the scene to investigate the murder and becomes a suspect himself.
Themes: Sherlock Holmes, murder, detective and mystery stories
|The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from her older six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.
|The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey
Through a series of dangerous and violent misadventures, teenage loser Alfred Kropp rescues King Arthur's legendary sword Excalibur from the forces of evil.
Themes: adventure, orphans, King Arthur, medieval times
|Fablehaven by Brandon Mull or others in the Fablehaven series
When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.
Themes: magic, grandparents, brothers and sisters
|Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel
Ben Tomlin was an only child for thirteen years. Then his parents brought home a baby chimpanzee.
Themes: chimpanzees, animal rights, families
|I, Coriander by Sally Gardner
In 17th century London, Coriander, a girl who has inherited magic from her mother, must find a way to use this magic in order to save both herself and an inhabitant of the fairy world.
Themes: magic, fairies, 17th century London, history
|The Landing by John Ibbotson
Ben thinks he will always be stuck at Cook's Landing, barely making ends meet like his uncle. But when he meets a wealthy widow from New York City, he sees himself there too. When she hires him to play his violin, he realizes his gift could unlock the possibilities of the world. Then, during a stormy night on Lake Muskoka, everything changes.
*Governor General's Award for Children's Literature 2008
Themes: boys, violinists, Muskoka, Ontario
|Legend bi Marie Lu
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
Themes: conflict, war
|The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan or others in The Heros of Olympus series
Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for "bad kids," find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself.
Themes: Greek mythology, monsters, Greek gods
|The Maze Runner by James Dashner or others in the trilogy
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
Themes: labyrinths, Science Fiction, cooperativeness
|My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald
When the family's drugstore is failing, seventh grader Lucy uses her problem-solving talents to come up with a solution that might resuscitate the business, along with helping the environment.
Themes: green movement, mothers and daughters, cosmetics
|Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
Themes: family, ghosts, special talents
open-minded, caring, inquirer
|My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath
Jane is 12 years old, and she is ready for adventures, to move beyond the world of her siblings and single mother and their house by the sea, and step into the "know-not what." And, over the summer, adventures do seem to find her. Most important, there's Jane's discovery of what lies at the heart of all great adventures: that it's not what happens to you that matters, but what you learn about yourself.
*2008 Booklist Editors' Choice, Best Book of 2008 (Kirkus Reviews), Best Book of 2008 (School Library Journal), Best Book of 2008 (Amazon), 2008 New York Public Library List of 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, NAPPA Gold Award Winner, Parent's Choice Gold Award
Themes: adventure, coming of age, summer
|Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
When orphaned Irish siblings Molly and Kip arrive to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house, they discover that the house and its inhabitants are not what they seem. Soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and the secrets of the cursed house will change their lives forever.
Themes: Ghosts, Family, Greed
|Nobody's Princess by Esther M. Friesner or the sequel Nobody's Prize
Determined to fend for herself in a world where only men have real freedom, headstrong Helen, who will be called queen of Sparta and Helen of Troy one day, learns to fight, hunt, and ride horses while disguised as a boy, and goes on an adventure throughout the Mediterranean world.
Themes: history, Greek mythology, adventure
|A Perfect Gentle Knight by Kit Pearson
Set in 1957, the six children in the Bell family are struggling to cope after their mother's death. This is a great story about the power and danger of imagination and of the conflict of growing up.
Themes: families, grief, imagination, Vancouver
|The Pharaoh’s Secret by Marissa Moss
When fourteen-year-old Talibah and her ten-year-old brother, Adom, visit modern-day Egypt with their historian-father, they become involved in a mystery surrounding Hatshepsut, a woman pharoah, and Senenmut, architect of her mortuary tomb, as well as their own deceased mother.
Themes: Egypt, supernatural, kings and rulers
|The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen
Thirteen-year-old Henry’s happy, ordinary life comes to an abrupt halt when his older brother, Jesse, picks up their father’s hunting rifle and leaves the house one morning. What follows shatters Henry’s family, who are forced to resume their lives in a new city, where no one knows their past. When Henry’s therapist suggests he keep a journal, at first he is resistant. But soon he confides in it at all hours of the day and night. In spite of Henry’s desire to “fly under the radar,” he eventually befriends a number of oddball characters, both at school and in his modest apartment building. And even though they know nothing about his past—at least, not yet—they help him navigate the waters of life after “IT.”
Themes: family, middle school, bullying
|Rule of Three by Eric Walters (Canadian)
When a viral catastrophe causes a global technological shut down, 16 year old Adam realizes that his police captain mother and a retired government spy living next door are key to his survival.
|Science Fair by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Toby Harbinger, an 8th grader at Hubble Middle School near Washington D.C. has discovered that terrorists are trying to seize control of the USA through his school's science fair. When none of the authorities A story of suspense, danger, mystery, international intrigue and a very nervous frog!
Themes: humour, adventure, international relations, science, frogs
|The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Orphaned brothers Prosper and Bo, having run away from their cruel aunt and uncle, decide to hide out in Venice where they fall in with the Thief Lord, a thirteen-year-old boy who leads a crime ring of street children.
Themes: Venice, brigands and robbers, brothers, detectives
|The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata
Summer is convinced that her family has run out of luck. Her parents have to travel to Japan just as harvest time hits, her brother can't make friends at school, and she is just getting over malaria. She comes from a family of "wheaties," so harvest time is what pays the bills. Summer's grandparents have to step in and cover the harvest, despite their age, in order to cover the mortgage. This family is seeing hard times, but this book is all about rising to the occasion.
Theme: Japanese culture, farming, realistic fiction
balanced, caring, open-minded
|The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Erin Dionne
Hamlet's attempts to be a "normal" eighth grader become increasingly difficult when her genius seven-year-old sister and her eccentric Shakespeare scholar parents both begin to attend her school.
Themes: interpersonal relations, self-confidence, middle schools, William Shakespeare
|The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima or others from the Heir Trilogy
When his archaeologist parents go missing in Central America, fourteen-year-old Max embarks on a wild adventure through the Mayan underworld in search of the legendary Jaguar Stones, which enabled ancient Mayan kings to wield the powers of living gods.
Themes: magic, wizards, identity
|When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. But things are about to change forever. Miranda starts to receive notes. The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.
*Winner of the 2010 John Newbery Medal
Themes: space and time, New York, mystery
|The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
Taken to Antarctica by the man she thinks of as her uncle for what she believes to be a vacation, Symone -- a troubled fourteen year old -- discovers that he is dangerously obsessed with seeking Symme's Hole, an opening that supposedly leads into the center of a hollow Earth.
*Michael L. Printz Award, 2008.
Themes: survival, deception, Antarctica