Middle School Summer Reading List – Seventh Grade

2019 – West Genesee Central School District – going into 7th Grade Summer Reading List

Alabama Moon / Watt Key After the death of his father, Moon Blake is removed from the Alabama forest where he was raised and sent to a boy’s home, where for the first time, he is forced to have contact with the outside world. As the spirited and resourceful Moon encounters the “real” world which includes true friends and true enemies, he adapts his wilderness survival skills to survive in the ‘outside world’, and even, perhaps, make his home there. (Adventure/Realistic fiction) Alabama Moon Book Cover
The Unteachables / Gordon Korman  The Unteachables are a notorious class of misfits, delinquents, and academic train wrecks. When they are mixed with the most burnt out teacher alive, a girl that doesn’t belong in that class or in any class, and a student whose name rhymes with pain, the true adventure begins. Will school room 117 survive the year?   (Realistic fiction/Humor) MS Summer Reading The Unteachables
Ghost / Jason ReynoldsWhen basketball player Castle Cranshaw–nicknamed Ghost–challenges an elite sprinter to a race and wins, he finds himself on the radar of an Olympic medalist track coach who wants to nurture his raw talent. But Ghost’s anger and determination to outrun his past could stand in the way of him making good use of his natural ability. (Sports/Realistic fiction) Ghost Book Cover
 Events in the Life of a Cactus / Dusti Bowling  Aven Green, a girl born with no arms, is forced to move to a new place away from the comfort of her home, her true friends, and classmates that have known her their whole lives.  In Arizona, an intriguing mystery, her loving parents, and some complicated friends help her to keep her cool in the hot Arizona desert.  (Realistic fiction) MS Summer Reading Book Cover Events in the Life of a Cactus
Peak / Roland SmithAfter fourteen-year-old Peak Marcello gets in trouble for scaling a New York City skyscraper, he’s left with two choices: wither away in a juvenile detention center or go live with his long-lost father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand. Peak quickly learns that his father’s renewed interest in him comes with big strings attached. (Adventure fiction) Peak Book Cover
Merci Suarez Changes Gears / Meg Medina Thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between.  Merci knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea how different. Can she survive the girl drama? (Realistic fiction, Newbery Award Winner) MS Summer Reading Book Cover Changes Gears

(Covers and summaries from our book vendor, Mackin)