New Books for 7th & 8th Graders

The Scorch Trials
by
James Dashner

Reading Level: Grades 6 and up

If you haven't yet read The Maze Runner yet, stop reading this review.

Thomas, Teresa and the other Gladers have escaped the Maze and been rescued, supposedly. But after what they all went through in the Maze, who can trust anything?

Soon, unsurprisingly, the Gladers find themselves in the midst of another trial - one even more grueling and dangerous than the Maze. But there are more elements to the test this time, and Thomas doesn't know how he and his friends will survive this time.

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Another book that deals with the testing of children for a greater good:
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

More dark dystopias:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Storm Thief by Chris Wooding
The Rule of Claw by John Brindley
The Inferior by Peadar O'Guilin

The Dead Boys
by
Royce Buckingham

Reading Level:  Grade 6-8

When 12-year-old Teddy moves, he is menaced by the eerie tree next door and a cadre of strange boys who all seem intent on luring him to disaster.

Other creepy stories include:
The Light by D.J. MacHale
The Nightmarys by Dan Poblocki
The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafron and
Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz

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Pathfinder
by
Orson Scott Card

Reading Level: Grade 7+

Card, the author of the beloved Ender Wiggins series, scores again with this new series. 13-year-old Rigg has lived an isolated life with his demanding father hunting and trapping in the wilderness. Despite their isolation, Rigg's father has given his son an exceptional education is languages, science, and psychology. He has also pushed Rigg to hone his unusual path-finding skills.

When his father suddenly dies, Rigg must make his way alone in a hostile world...one that takes a very dim view of a boy with exceptional powers.

If you enjoyed this sophisticated science fiction adventure, try:
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Enchantress From the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl

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