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.
Biographies, Autobiographies & Memoirs
Crime & Punishment
In Other Lands
Misfits & Outcasts
Mysteries & Thrillers
Novels in Poems
School, Friends & Growing Up
Dystopian Science Fiction
Vampires, Werewolves & Zombies
New Book Reviews
Reading Level: Grades 7 - 10
When Isadora was little she loved to hang out with her father. He was calm and gentle and very proud of her artistic talent. Both her parents were. Her mother Isis gave Isadora a beautiful set of paints and her father Osiris gave her an entire room all her own to decorate any way she liked. Isadora loved to show her parents her progress on her room. Until the day she discovered she was not going to be imortal like her parents...she was going to stay mortal...and the room would be her tomb.
Other godly adventures include:
The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton
The Reluctant God by Pamela Service
The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda and
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Reading Level: Grades 4 - 8
Everyone knows that goldfish have a 3 second memory, Vikings wore horned helmets, and sugar makes kids hyperactive. Well, everyone is wrong. You will find out the truth about these myths and many, many more in this amusing collection of "facts" which have been busted by scientific studies.
Reading Level: Grades 3 - 7
Stick Dog is at it again! This time Stick Dog and friends are determined to help themselves to the hot dogs in the frankfurther cart, but they have competition from a gang of hungry racoons. The friends devise various ridiculous schemes to steal the hot dogs that test practical Stick dog's patience. Then there's an added problem when Karen, the dachshund, gets trapped in a human's house. Once again, readers will love the the many funny "bad" drawings of Tom Watson.
Reading Level: Grades 3 - 7
This is Rumpelstilton as never before. Instead of the nasty, baby stealing gnome, Rump is a young boy, small for his age, malnourished, and picked on by village bullies. His mother died when he was born and the last thing she uttered was his name. In a kingdom where your name is your fate, how much worse could it get than to be named Rump? But is it his full name?
The orginal story is here. There's the greedy miller, his beautiful daughter, a gold loving king, and a boy who can spin straw into gold. Add in messanger gnomes, gold crazed biting pixies, witchesin woods, and smelly trolls and readers will agree that Shurtliff can spin some tale.
Reading Level: Grades 7 & up
Set in a dystopian American, years ago before the story begins a new virus killed millions of people and turned others into half-human, half-animal mutants. The rest of humanity fled and built a wall along the Mississippi River to separate themselves from the "Feral Zone."
When 16-year-old Lane McEvoy learns her father has gone missing, she must enter the forbidden "Feral Zone" to complete a mission that could save his life. Everson, a handsome border guard, and bad boy Rafe accompany Lane her astonishing journey. The characters are multi-faceted and, like all good science fiction, Inhuman raises important questions, namely, what it is to be human or humane. Readers will eagerly await the next two books in the trilogy.