New Books for 7th & 8th Graders

My Double Life
Janette Rallison

Reading Level: Grades 7 and up

18-year-old Lexi's life spins out of control when she is offered a lucrative job as pop star Kari Kingsley's body double. Lexi's resemblance is not accidental. She herself has just discovered she is Kari's half-sister, a fact that only her mother and grandmother knew.

Determined to meet her father, Lexi takes the job despite her mother's objections. But as the wild swirl of Hollywood threatens to engulf her, Lexi wonders what price she will have to pay to meet the father she has never known.

If you enjoyed this story of a teen's attempt to connect with her celebrity father, try:

Born to Rock by Gordon Korman

For other stories of ordinary teens thrust into the world of celebrity try: One of Those Hideous Book Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones, Airhead by Meg Cabot and Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell

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Dana Reinhardt

Reading Level: Grades 7 and up

Once you tell one lie, it gets easier and easier and easier. All it takes is just one little lie.

Emma, Anna, and Mariah weren't supposed to be at a party with senior boys, but they were anyways. Emma wasn't supposed to fall in love with one of them, but she did. Anna wasn't supposed to be a bad girl, but she was. And Mariah wasn't supposed to even be friends with Anna and Emma, being a popular girl and all. But she was.

All of these things culminate in the lie that Emma was attacked by a masked man at the riverside but the three fended him off. That's why the girls were late coming home from the 'play' they went to see.

The girls think that once the police hit a dead end in finding the attacker, they won't pursue it any further. But they're sorely mistaken, and their lie snowballs and snowballs until it is beyond any control.

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Other books you might like are: After by Amy Efaw, Touch by Francine Prose For older readers: Accomplice by Eireann Corrigan

Jackie Morse Kessler

Reading Level: Grades 8 and up

17-year-old Lisabeth Lewis is fat. That's what the "thin voice" she hears inside her head tells her. Despite eating only lettuce and the constant exercising, the "thin voice" still tells Lisa that she is disgustingly fat. On the day Lisabeth considered ending her life, she heard a new voice...Death.

Death, who looks like a super cute dead rocker dude, gives her scales, a really cool horse and tells her she is now Famine. As Famine, she has horrifying powers. Lisabeth sees suffering and hunger like she's never imagined. Lisa hates being Famine, but Death informs her it is that or...well, death.

Other stories of kids struggling with eating disorders include: Perfect by Natasha Friend Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, Fat Chance by Lesléa Newman and I Am An Artichoke by Lucy Frank

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