New Books for 7th & 8th Graders

Kathy Reichs

Reading Level: Grades 6 and up

Tory Brennan, like her famous aunt Temperance Brennan (who you may know from the TV series Bones), is headstrong, determined, and smart. When Tory finds out that scientists on a nearby island are doing illegal and inhumane experiments on a wolfdog, she and her three best friends Hi, Shelton, and Ben, break in to the lab and rescue the pup.

The poor dog's been infected with parvovirus, a disease common in puppies that can be fatal to dogs, but is harmless to humans. But as Tory and her friends nurse Coop back to health, they begin to notice some changes in themselves. Could Coop's strain of parvovirus have been an experimental version? Could the four kids have caught it themselves?

Other books you might like are: Maximum Ride #1: The Angel Experiment

Check availability of Virals

Other books by Kathy Reichs

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

Check availability of this book.

Other books by Janette Rallison

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.

Check availability of Harmless

More novels written by Dana Reinhardt.

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