Young Adult Books

The following lists contain a selection of books to satisfy the wide variety of reading levels and interests of 7th and 8th grade readers.  Many of these titles address the issues of adolescence and are for mature readers. Most of the authors listed have written other books at this level. To see a title's Lexile number, click on the title and then click on the "Full Record" tab.

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Dear Killer
by
Katherine Ewell

Reading Level: Grades 7 and up

Kit's mother was a serial killer before she married. She had a drop box in London where people could request a murder and she marked each of her victims with a magic marker heart on their chest, but she never managed to reach the notoriety that most serial killers do. After "quitting" her mother uses her experience to train her only child to be a perfect killing machine. Kit takes over the drop box (with her mother's help) at age nine and, as she grows older and becomes independent, leaves her calling card, the letters cleaned of all DNA, with each of her victims. By the time she is seventeen she has reached Jack the Ripper status and is known to the public as The Perfect Killer. However, when she gets a request from a classmate to kill another classmate things begin to spiral out of control.

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Free to Fall
by
Lauren Miller

Reading Level: Grades 8 - Adult

In the not-so-distant future almost everyone is always connected online, and every phone, tablet, app, search engine and social network is made by Gnosis. Rory, like everyone else, allows her Lux app to decide everything, from what she should wear and eat to where she should go and when she should leave and then she posts her every move to Forum, after all, only those pitiful people with untreated APD listen to that tiny opinionated voice in their head (dubbed The Doubt by the drug companies). When she is accepted to a very exclusive college prep school, which guarantees she will get into the best college and find a high powered job, she is thrilled because the school is packed with all the latest Gnosis technology. But the more she learns about her family's past, Gnosis, and The Doubt the more she begins to wonder if Lux is really designed to help her lead the happiest life she can have or if The Doubt may be trying to tell people something important.

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The Haven
by
Carol Lynch Williams

Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8

Shiloh is a Terminal. She has a terrible disease that sometimes requires operations to remove a lung or a kidney, maybe an arm or leg. That is why the Terminals live at Haven Hospital and Halls, so they can be protected and monitored by Dr. King who is the only one who knows when an amputation is necessary. If it wasn't for the Tonic which helps her sleep and remain calm, Shiloh doesn't know how she or the other Terminals would cope.

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Uninvited
by
Sophie Jordan

Reading Level: Grades 8 - 12

Davy's life is wonderful. She lives in a wealthy suburb far from the city which keeps getting more and more dangerous. She is a senior at a private school where she dates the hottest boy on campus, and she is a musical genius who will be going to Julliard next year. Everything is perfect until the results of a mandatory DNA test come in and it is discovered that she has HTS, Homicidal Tendency Syndrome. The Wainwright Institute has shown that the majority of violent crimes have been committed by people with HTS and as an HTS carrier Davy is suddenly considered a danger to society, no longer welcome at her private school or Julliard, having to see a Wainwright Institute counselor (parole officer) on a regular basis, and worst still, being forced to finish her senior year in The Cage with other HTS carriers at the local public school. Her life couldn't get any worse, or so she thinks...

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Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal
by
Margarita Engle

Reading Level: Grade 6 & up

Written in verse from alternating viewpoints, this book gives the reader many different perspectives on the creation of the Panama Canal over a hundred years ago. We hear from howler monkeys, Theodore Roosevelt, a Cuban immigrant named Mateo, the trees, and many others who played a role in this large undertaking that connected the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

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