Reading Matters for Seventh Grade

Green Angel

By Alice Hoffman

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Haunted by grief and by her past after losing her family in a fire, fifteen-year-old Green retreats into her ruined garden as she struggles to survive emotionally and physically on her own.

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Heat

By Mike Lupica

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Cuban-born pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old, and he has no parents to offer them proof.

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How Angel Peterson Got His Name: And Other Tales of Extreme Sports

By Gary Paulsen

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Paulsen tells stories from his youth in a small town in northwestern Minnesota in the late 1940s and early 1950s, such as skiing behind a souped-up car and imitating daredevil motorcyclist Evel Knievel.

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The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch

By Joseph Delaney, Patrick Arrasmith (illustrations)

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Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties."

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The Last Universe

By William Sleator

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When her desperately ill older brother insists that she take him into their mysterious backyard garden, designed by their quantum physicist great-uncle, fourteen-year-old Susan discovers that things are not always what they seem.

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Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America

By Karen Blumenthal

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Up until the 1970s, if you were a girl, you were told you couldn't play team sports. But in 1972, the law called Title IX changed that, by ensuring that girls have the same opportunities as boys to participate in sports. But that change did not come without a fight.

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Never Mind!: A Twin Novel

By Avi and Rachel VailAvi and Rachel Vail

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Twelve-year-old New York City twins Meg and Edward have nothing in common, so they are just as shocked as everyone else when Meg's hopes for popularity and Edward's mischievous schemes coincidentally collide in a hilarious showdown.

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Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan

By John Flanagan

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When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battle school, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.

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Rules

By Cynthia Lord

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Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence, but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic boy.

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Runaway

By Wendelin Van Draanen

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After running away from her fifth foster home, Holly, a twelve-year-old orphan, travels across the country, keeping a journal of her experiences and struggle to survive.

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