Summer Reading & School Supplies - 7th Grade

  Ocean City Intermediate School

7th Grade Supply List

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Summer Reading List

     The books listed below support and reinforce the concepts and skills taught within the current classroom reading program throughout the school year.
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Entering 7th Grade:

The Shamer's Daughter - Kaaberbol
Interest level: 5-8
Reading level: 5.4
Booklist (April 15, 2004 (Vol. 100, No. 16)
Gr. 6-8. Dina, nearly 11, bitterly resents having inherited her mother's power as a Shamer; she would rather be normal and have friends. When wrongdoers look into the Shamer's eyes, they are forced to face all their hidden, shameful secrets, which the Shamer also sees. After her mother is summoned to Dunark Castle to solve a violent triple murder, Dina, who is misled into believing that her mother needs her, is taken to the castle. There she must use her Shamer's eyes to save both her mother and the accused 17-year-old Nico, who is innocent of the crime. The story involves a dank dungeon and a dark pit of voracious dragons as well as the real villain, who is as vicious as the dragons. This first book in the Shamer Chronicles is a page-turner; readers will eagerly await the next episode.

   Weedflower - Kadohata
Interest level: 5-8
Reading level: 5.4
School Library Journal (July 1, 2006)
Gr 5-8-When Pearl Harbor is attacked, the lives of a Japanese-American girl and her family are thrown into chaos. Sumiko, 12, and her younger brother, Tak-Tak, live with their aunt and uncle, grandfather Jiichan, and adult cousins on a flower farm in Southern California. Though often busy with chores, Sumiko enjoys working with the blossoms, particularly stock, or weedflowers (fragrant plants grown in a field). In the difficult days that follow the bombing, the family members fear for their safety and destroy many of their belongings. Then Uncle and Jiichan are taken to a prison camp, and the others are eventually sent to an assembly center at a racetrack, where they live in a horse stable. When they're moved to the Arizona desert, Sumiko misses the routine of her old life and struggles with despair. New friends help; she grows a garden with her neighbor and develops a tender relationship with a Mohave boy. She learns from him that the camp is on land taken from the Mohave reservation and finds that the tribe's plight parallels that of the incarcerated Japanese Americans. Kadohata brings into play some complex issues, but they realistically dovetail with Sumiko's growth from child to young woman. She is a sympathetic heroine, surrounded by well-crafted, fascinating people. The concise yet lyrical prose conveys her story in a compelling narrative that will resonate with a wide audience.

Al Capone Does My Shirts - Choldenko
Interest level: 5-8
Reading level: 6.5
Kirkus starred (March 1, 2004)
Moose's world is turned upside down when his family moves to Alcatraz Island where his Dad has taken a job as a prison guard. Super-responsible Moose, big for 12, finds himself caught in the social interactions of this odd cut-off world. He cares for his sister who is older, yet acts much younger due to her autism and he finds his life alternating between frustration and growth. His mother focuses all of her attention on ways to cure the sister; his dad works two jobs and meekly accepts the mother's choices; his fellow island-dwellers are a funny mix of oddball characters and good friends. Basing her story on the actual experience of those who supported the prison in the '30s-when Al Capone was an inmate-Choldenko's pacing is exquisite, balancing the tense family dynamics alongside the often-humorous and riveting school story of peer pressure and friendship. Fascinating setting as a metaphor for Moose's own imprisonment and enabling some hysterically funny scenes, but a great read no matter where it takes place.

Stargirl - Spinelli
Interest level: 5-8
Reading level: 6.1
Kirkus starred (June 15, 2000)
Newbery-winning Spinelli spins a magical and heartbreaking tale from the stuff of high school. Eleventh-grader Leo Borlock cannot quite believe the new student who calls herself Stargirl. Formerly home-schooled, Stargirl comes to their Arizona high school with a pet rat and a ukulele, wild clothes and amazing habits. She sings "Happy Birthday" to classmates in the lunchroom, props a small glass vase with a daisy on her desk each class, and reenergizes the cheerleading squad with her boundless enthusiasm. But Stargirl even cheers for the opposing team. She's so threatening to the regular ways of her fellows that she's shunned. No one will touch her or speak to her--or applaud her success when she wins a state speech tournament. Leo's in love with her, but finds that if he's with her, he's shunned, too. She loves him enough to try to fit in, but when that fails spectacularly, she illuminates the spring school dance like a Roman candle and disappears. The desert--old bones, flowering cactus, scented silence--is a living presence here. So is the demon of conformity, a teen monster of what's normal, a demon no less hideous because it's so well internalized in us all. Leo chooses normalcy over star stuff, but looking back as an adult he finds Stargirl's presence in a hundred different ways in his own and in his former classmates' lives. Once again Spinelli takes his readers on a journey where choices between the self and the group must be made, and he is wise enough to show how hard they are, even when sweet.

Bella at Midnight: - Stanley
Interest level: 5-8
Reading level: 6.7
Booklist starred (February 1, 2006 (Vol. 102, No. 11)
Stanley subtly twists strands of the Cinderella story until it's something quite new and fine. A baby girl, Bella, is born to a mother who dies in childbirth. Bella's furious father sends her away to be raised among peasants, where she is befriended by Julian, a prince, a fourth son who has no place in his family. When they are both teenagers, Julian treats Bella cruelly; then he is sent away to a warring kingdom as a hostage for peace. Soon after, Bella is recalled by her father and finds herself unhappily living with him and his new family, including a stepsister who is a handmaiden at the palace. It is from this young woman that Bella learns about an invasion that will bring about Julian's death, which Bella is determined to prevent. Each character steps forward to tell pieces of the story, a device that enlivens the tale (though in one or two instances, it's hard to distinguish between the voices of Bella and her stepsister). What raises this above other re-created fairy tales is the quality of the writing, dotted with jeweled description and anchored by the strong values--loyalty, truth, honor. Stanley helps readers understand nobility, not in the sense of aristocracy, but as it signifies dignity and decency. The gilt-and-red book jacket makes the book look like a wrapped present.

Additional Reading Ideas

Chasing Vermeer
Petra and Calder find themselves in the middle of an international art scandal. Can they use their intuition and knowledge of the painter, Vermeer, to solve a case that has left the FBI baffled?
Theme - Cultural awareness/Acceptance

Chu Ju's House
In China, where law conspires with tradition, a young woman is torn from her family and sent on a remarkable journey. Chu Ju knows that a family may have only two children and one should be a boy. In order to save her newborn sister, she runs away and throughout her journey proves her own worth.
Theme - Cultural Awareness/Acceptance

Escape from Warsaw
Three Polish children try to escape from their war-ravaged home during World War II.
Theme - Survival

Hoot
An ecological mystery made up of endangered miniature owls, a pancake house scheduled to be built over their burrows, and the owls' unlikely allies - three middle school kids determined to beat the system.
Theme - Change

101 Ways to Bug Your Teacher
Thirteen year old Steve is proud to be known for his fabulous inventions, but unfortunately they are also the reason his parents want him to skip a grade and leave all of his friends behind. Well, there is no way this resourceful boy is going to let that happen.
Theme - Conflict

Room in the Heart
This truth-based novel is told in alternating narratives of two young people. Julie, a Danish Jewish girl, learns that the Germans are rounding up Jews in Denmark and must escape with her family to Sweden while her friend, Niels, joins the resistance.
Theme - Survival

The Thief Lord
In an exciting and magical thriller, a detective searches for two orphaned children who have run away from their horrible aunt and uncle. Hiding in Venice, the children are sheltered by a colorful gang of runaways and street children led by a mysterious young leader.
Theme - Conflict

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Anna was so busy with her schoolwork and friends that she hardly had time to notice Hitler's face glaring out of political posters all over Berlin. But one morning her father was gone, and she and her brother had to sneak out of Germany.
Theme - Survival

Four Perfect Pebbles
Following Hitler's rise to power, the Blumenthal family was trapped in Germany and for over six years was forced to live in refugee, transit, and prison camps.
Theme - survival

A Day No Pigs Would Die
To a thirteen-year-old Vermont farm boy whose father slaughters pigs for a living, maturity comes early as he learns "doing what's got to be done," especially regarding his pet pig who cannot produce a litter.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
During his third year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter must confront the devious and dangerous wizard responsible for his parents' deaths. 
Theme - Friendship; growing up

   Seventh Grade Tango
When Rebecca, a seventh-grader, is paired up with her friend Scott for a dance class at school, she learns a lot about who her real friends are.

Shakespeare Stealer
A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare's acting troupe in order to steal the script of "Hamlet," but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.

Shakespeare's Scribe
In plague-ridden 1602 England, a fifteen-year-old orphan boy, who has become an apprentice actor, goes on the road with Shakespeare's troupe, and finds out more about his parents along the way. Growing up

Solitary Blue
Jeff's mother, who deserted the family years before, reenters his life and widens the gap between Jeff and his father, a gap that only truth, love, and friendship can heal.

Tuck Everlasting
The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing older.Conflict

 Where the Red Fern Grows
A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart's desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters. Growing up

Navajo Long Walk
The tale of Kee, a young Navajo boy who must face the devastation of his culture. After the soldiers burn their crops and drive away their livestock, the Navajos realize they must follow the soldiers to Fort Sumner or face starvation. All children will benefit from this sensitive story of survival through cooperation.

Non-Fiction Reading Ideas

  • China: Now and Then
  • Let's Explore Antartica
  • Living Abroad
  • China's Gifts to the World
  • Geography Shapes Our World
  • China, America, and Me
  • Sailing for India
  • Africa's Changing Geography
  • Growing Up in China
  • People of the Amazon Rain Forest
  • Quests for Gold
  • Exploring Brazil
  • Colonialism and Native Peoples
  • From National Geographic
  • Africa: Geography and Environments
  • East Africa: Geography and Environments
  • Europe and Russia: Geography and Environments
  • South America: Geography and Environments
  • West Africa: Geography and Environments
  • Africa: People and Places
  • East Asia: People and Places
  • Europe and Russia: People and Places
  • South America: People and Places
  • West Asia: People and Places