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Summer Reading Lists Grades 7 - 13

July 3, 2009

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Grade Seven Summer Reading Lists
By Stephanie Nolan:
Jake Semple is notorious. Rumor has it he burned down his old school and got kicked out of every school in his home state. Only one place will take him now, and that's a home school run by the Applewhites, a chaotic and hilarious family of artists. The only one who doesn't fit the Applewhite mould is E.D. -- a smart, sensible girl who immediately clashes with the unruly Jake. Jake thinks surviving this one will be a breeze, but is he really as tough or as bad as he seems?
By David Almond
Michael and his family have just moved to a new home, which proves more dramatic than any of them had imagined. The house is a true fixer-upper, and Michael's new baby sister, born prematurely, is seriously ill. While his parents are consumed with worry about the baby, Michael is left alone with his own fears. But when he explores the house's crumbling garage, he discovers a frail creature with wings who becomes a most magical friend. It's hard to say whether the creature, which eventually introduces itself as Skellig, is a man, an angel or a ghost. As Michael and his new neighbor Mina spend time with Skellig, they learn about the transforming power of caring and love as they tend to Skellig's infirmities and cater to his fondness for Chinese takeout.
By John Boyne:
Eight year-old Bruno in the sheltered son of a Nazi officer whose promotion takes the family from their comfortable home in Berlin to a desolate area where the lonely boy finds nothing to do and no-one to play with. Crushed by boredom and compelled by curiosity, Bruno ignores his mother's repeated instructions not to explore the back yard garden and heads for the 'farm' he has seen in the near distance. There he meets Shmuel, a boy his own age who lives a parallel, alien existence on the other side of a barbed wire fence. Bruno's encounter with the boy in the striped pyjamas leads him from innocence to a dawning awareness of the adult world around them as his meetings with Shmuel develop into a friendship with devastating consequences.
By Mal Peet
In a newspaper office, Paul Faustino, South America's top football writer, sits opposite the man they call El Gato - the Cat - the world's greatest goalkeeper. On the table between them stands the World Cup...

In the hours that follow, El Gato tells his incredible life story - of how a poor gawky logger's son, is taught to become a World Cup-winning goalkeeper so good he is almost unbeatable. Behind El Gato's greatest save lies the most incredible part of this story - the Keeper - his brilliant coach who haunts a football pitch at the heart of the forest.
Keeper is an inspiring blend of literature and tabliod jounalism, magic and social realism. Whether football crazy or not, like Paul Faustino you will be amazed, gripped and utterly thrilled by the extraordinary tale.

Green gables.jpgANNE OF GREEN GABLES
By L.M. Montgomery
Anne Shirley begins her fictional life as an eleven-year-old orphan, with bright red hair, a mass of freckles and a passionate imagination matched only by her passionate temper. She ends the book as a gentle, intelligent and elegant young woman with a future before her that she could only have dreamt of.
Her adopted parents, elderly brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert' don't know what they have let themselves in for when the 'boy' they asked for to help on their farm turns out to be Anne. But as Matthew later puts it, "It was Providence, because the Almighty saw we needed her, I reckon" for before long, Anne has won their hearts and an important place in the small Avonlea community.
The story covers various adolescent adventures: making new friends' accidentally getting one of them drunk, dying her hair, breaking her leg, saving someone's life, and being wooed by the school heartthrob Gilbert Blythe. Tragedy touches her life too, and step-by-step she is confronted with the responsibilities of the adult world. But Anne being Anne, challenges are there to be faced, and everything that happens, good or bad, is part of life's rich tapestry.
By Laurie Halse Anderson
An unfortunate incident has left Melinda shunned by her friends and completely traumatized. Now, she enters the ninth grade a selective mute, isolating herself from everyone at school until a sympathetic teacher encourages her to express herself -- and, ultimately, heal herself -- through art.
Anderson uses keen observations and vivid imagery to pull readers into the head of an isolated teenager. Divided into the four marking periods of an academic year, the novel, narrated by Melinda Sordino, begins on her first day as a high school freshman. No one will sit with Melinda on the bus. At school, students call her names and harass her; her best friends from junior high scatter to different cliques and abandon her. Yet Anderson infuses the narrative with a wit that sustains the heroine through her pain and holds readers' empathy.

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