Reading Matters for Seventh Grade

All Alone in the Universe

By Lynne Rae Perkins

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Debbie is crushed when her longtime BFF (Best Friend Forever) starts spending time with another girl. As she says, "three is a lousy number."

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Annie Between the States

By L. M. Elliott

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Instead of spending her teen years at parties and balls, Annie, an idealistic, poetry-loving Confederate, finds herself nursing soldiers, hiding valuables, and running the household as the Civil War rages around her family's Virginia home.

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Black and White Airmen: Their True Story

By John Fleischman

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Two guys grew up in the same town and became pilots during World War II, but they never met because the army was rigidly segregated--only in the air were black and white American fliers allowed to mix. Fifty years later they finally met, learned each other’s stories and became good friends.

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Blood on the River: James Town 1607

By Elisa Lynn Carbone

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Traveling to the New World in 1606 as the page to Captain John Smith, twelve-year-old orphan Samuel Collier settles in the new colony of James Town, where he must learn to distinguish between friend and foe.

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Bronx Masquerade

By Nikki Grimes

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Students at a Bronx inner-city high school get the opportunity to read aloud poems they've written, revealing their personal thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.

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Chasing The Falconers

By Gordon Korman

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Aidan and Meg Falconer are their parents' only hope. The Falconers are facing life in prison -- unless Aidan and Meg can follow a trail of clues to prove their innocence. The problem? Right now they're trapped in a juvenile detention center. Until they escape one night...

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Elijah of Buxton

By Christopher Paul Curtis

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In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a neighbor family's freedom.

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Fairest

By Gail Carson Levine

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In a land where beauty and singing are valued above all else, Aza eventually comes to reconcile her unconventional appearance and her magical voice, and learns to accept herself for who she truly is.

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Family Reunion

By Caroline B. Cooney

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At a family reunion, Shelley comes to terms with her parents' divorce, her mother's absence, her new stepmother, and being the "stable" member of her colorful family.

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Feathers

By Jacqueline Woodson

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When a new, white student nicknamed "The Jesus Boy" joins her mostly African-American sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie's growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.

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