Grade 7 Book Recommendations/Trailers

Arden and Hailey

Pretty Little Liars

Hanna, Aria, Spencer and Emily are four fifteen year old girls in the small town of Rosewood, PA. They haven’t spoken to each other since their 7th grade sleepover, when their best friend Alison went missing. Suddenly, they’re each getting messages from an anonymous and mysterious blackmailer who signs each message “-A.” These are secrets that only Alison knew. What happens when Ali’s body is abruptly discovered, two years later? Who is “A” and more importantly, who killed Alison?

Annie and Julia

The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel Grace Lancaster is battling terminal cancer. She refers to herself as a “grenade”. She refuses to let anyone get close to her emotionally, besides her parents. Hazel’s mom forces her to go to a cancer support group. Hazel meets Augustus Waters. He immediately falls in love her. Together, they embark on an adventure of love to Amsterdam searching for the author of “An Imperial Affliction.” Their friendship grows into romantic fairy tale. But, will it have a happy ending like every story?

Vivian, Madison, and violet

The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel Grace Lancaster is sixteen, with terminal cancer, she has been battling since the age of 13. When she meets Augustus at her Cancer support group. The two instantly feel a connection. But… Hazel is afraid to get too emotionally close to someone incase of something happens to her. Like what happened to Augustus’s last girlfriend. What will happen to their love? Will it last?


The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel Lancaster has terminal cancer and feels as if the only thing left in her life is dying. Until one day when she goes to support group, she catches the eye of Augustus Waters who shows her that she has more to live for. They fall in love, go to Amsterdam together, and enjoy little moments together. But when terrible news shows up, Hazel feels like their love story won’t last forever.

John and Will

City Of Orphans

City Of Orphans by Avi is a story about Maks Gleless, a newspaper boy whose family is low income. He is beaten up by the Plug Ugly gang, but is saved by a girl named Willa. He comes home with Willa only to find out that his sister, Emma, has been arrested for stealing. Even worse, his other sister Agnes has a disease that could kill her, his fathers factory is closing leaving him jobless and his family’s rent is due soon. Now, Maks and Willa must prove Emma innocent before she is proclaimed guilty and is sentenced to a life sentence in the worst prison in America, other than Alcatraz. Will they prove her innocent and save his sister from wasting disease, or will it be too late? Find out in City Of Orphans!

Cameron, Dakota, Dawson, Thomas

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of the wimpy kid is about a young boy named Greg Heffley. Greg has to make it through the horrors of middle school. This is hard for Greg because he is trying to make friends while dealing with his brothers and parents. But through perseverance and keeping to his self he manages to make it through the year.

Ryan and Nate

The Maze Runner

Thomas has no memories. His thoughts and experiences drained from him. He, along with countless other boys are trapped. Trapped inside an ever-changing maze with no way out. In this tale of horror, mystery, and revenge, Thomas is forced to overcome obstacles to find the truth about himself and the world around him in an epic trilogy.

Lukas, Phillip and Ian

Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief

Meet twelve year old Percy Jackson, an ordinary kid with ordinary problems, or so he thought. On the first day of summer, just after his sixth-grade year, Percy discovers something very swegifully important about him. He learns that he is a half-blood: half-human, half-god. He is taken to Camp Half-Blood in New York, a camp for kids just like him that is safe from monsters that like to attack half-bloods. In the camp, he learns that his father is poseidon, the greek god of the sea. When Zeus’s master bolt is stoMeet twelve year old Percy Jackson, an ordinal, the great god of lightning blames his brother Poseidon on the theft. He tells him that he has till the end of summer to return the lightning bolt to him or he will declare war on his brother. Percy and his friends grover and annabeth team up to retrieve the lightning bolt that is believed to be in the underworld and take it to his father. Will Percy Jackson succeed in his mission? Who is the lightning thief? Find out by reading this action-packed book of adventure and mythology.

Frank & James

Catching Fire

There are two members of the districts (Boy and girl) that have already won the hunger games before. It is the 75th anniversary of the hunger games and the winners of before must risk their life again. As you may know, Katniss and Peeta have won the 74th annual hunger games. There are also other districts with winners from the 74th hunger games. They will now need to fight and see who is the real fighter. Who will win? Will Katniss and peeta die? Will the story end?


I’ll Be There

Sam Border lives with his crazy, trigger happy father (Clarence Border) and sickly little brother (Riddle Border). He has to deal with living in unfit living conditions, eating out of dumpsters, and seizing any chance he has at a job, after only getting schooling until second grade. Sam and his “family” move to a town, where Sam meets a girl named Emily Bell. Emily leads a normal life, with a normal family, normal friends, and average singing voice. Sam is not used to socializing, and finds it awkward when Emily wants to keep meeting up with him. One day, Clarence finds out about Emily, and he immediately packs his family up and they are on the road again. Emily becomes frantic because Sam didn’t mention leaving, and she turns to Bobby Ellis, who had fallen for her long ago. Will Sam come back? Will Clarence go to jail for his actions? Will Sam and Riddle live?



Stanley Yelnats’ a 14 year old boy is under a 150 year old curse. This curse causes him , to be unlucky and sometimes that can get you in trouble. One day, he was walking on outside and a pair of Clyde Livingston’s shoes fell on him. These shoes were missing for quite some time and the cops were hot on this trail. They soon arrested him for stealing and went on trial. The judge made a crazy decision , instead of going to jail, he sentenced Stanley to 18 months at Camp Green Lake,but this was no ordinary camp. In fact, there wasn’t even a lake! It was all desert. What might they do at Camp Green Lake, you might ask? Well, they dig holes, 5X5 feet holes. At this camp they dig a hole everyday, but if you find something in that hole that looks interesting, you get to show it to the Warden, and if she approves you get the day off from digging the rest of that hole. What does the Warden do with the those valuable items, that the juveniles But the real question is , will he ever get the curse broken and return back to his regular life?

Chris, Anthony


Jamie is a boy that got into a car crash and his family didn’t survive but the did. Unfortunately the crash left him paralyzed and and in a wheel chair. Because of his disabilities he gets bullied a lot, especially by his step brother Stevie. And when Jamie signs up for a contest and wins his step brother starts a rumor that it was only because he was in a wheel chair.

Jake, Sam

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Last straw

Greg has a smooth life until he does something unthinkable in front of his parents, now his dad wants him gone for the summer. Now he has an impossible mission of changing his dads mind.

Alec W. and Zach

The Hunger Games

In the Hunger Games, there are 2 people from each district chosen to take part in the Hunger Games. There are 12 districts, and the 12th district which is the poorest of all of them has two people who went to the hunger games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark.

Matan I, Alex S, Max F

The Maze Runner

The maze runner is the story of thomas, a boy who awakes in a maze. Stuck in the infinite maze with other kids of all ages thomas must discover the exit to the maze and how to survive the terrible monsters just outside their puny civilization.

Bella C, Angela S, Jessica C

Out Of My Mind

Melody isn’t an average girl, she has a disease called cerebral palsy, which disables her because she can’t communicate, or walk. but little do people know she is one of the smartest people and she has a photographic memory. But sadly cannot share it with the world. Untill she finally gets the chance to. You can find out what happens if you read the book.


When you reach me

Miranda, a girl growing up in 1978. Gets a mysterious note asking for her apartment key. The note is anonymous so she thinks nothing of it. But a few days later, someone breaks into the house. When they hear about the news , they go home to see the damage, when they see nothing was stolen, they are relieved. They eventually find out that someone stole their hidden secret apartment key that only miranda and her mom knew about. Within the next couple of months, she get other notes like to look inside colin’s (her friends) backpack. Inside it she found a piece of bread stolen from the bakery they work at.


Flesh and Bone

When the zombie apocalypse starts the world breaks into small civilizations, but life is hard even living behind a chain fence as the government desperately clings to what hope they had and dropped bombs and EMP’s to disable electricity. 15 year Benny Imura and his brother Tom who is 21 years of age have been living in a small “town” called “Mountain Side” when one of benny’s closest friends Ni x(15) decides she wants to leave to find a plane they saw flying over. With the support of the legendary lost girl and bennys friend Chong, they convince Tom to head out to the ruin and find the plane.

Gabriella and Hannah

The Fault in Our Stars

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Hazel Grace Lancaster is terminally ill with cancer. She will never know if tomorrow she will be alive. Depressed and lonely, Hazel blocks out the world until Augustus Waters appears in her life. He gives her a reason to keep going. She is reluctant to let him into her life because she is a grenade and when she goes off she wants the number of people getting hurt to stay low. Is it possible for Augustus to give her a chance to live in the numbered days? Or is it too late?


The Demon King

One day Han Alister catches three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet away from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won’t use it against him. The amulet once belonged to the Demon King, who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece so powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna has her own battle to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of riding and hunting with her father’s family. Raisa aspires to be like Hanalea, the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems that her mother has other plans for her—plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for.


The False Prince

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In The False Prince, Sage, a 14-year-old orphan is thrown into action after being kidnapped by a ruthless nobleman – Bevin Connor.
Sage is taken from his only home to compete against three other orphans to imitate the long, lost prince of Carytha – Jaron. Connor devised this plan after murdering the royal family – or in his words, the only way to unite the country, which was torn apart by “war and greed”. Sage is taken advantage of as he vies for Connor’s eye. Deep in the eaves of Connor’s mansion the cutthroat orphans unrelentlessly fight. A huge plot twist completes the story. What if your life was worthless enough to be ended with the flick of the wrist and no second glances?


The Lone Survivor

In The Lone Survivor, four Navy SEALS are sent on a mission called Operation Red Wing in the mountains of Afghanistan in 2005. Their goal is to kill or capture a high ranking member of the Taliban who is potentially working with Osama Bin Laden. The SEALS planned to quickly and easily assassinate the man, but unfortunately, things did not work out as planned. When they were scoping out the village where their target was hiding, the SEALS came upon four shepherds. After debating whether or not to kill the shepherds, tie them up, or let them go, the SEALS decided to release them. That would be their fatal error. Less than an hour later, more than two hundred Taliban, who were alerted by the shepherds, surround the SEALS. The SEALS fight for their lives, and an attempt to save them by the US military fails. Unfortunately, there is only one survivor, and he finds help in an unlikely place.


Because of Mr. Terupt


In Because of Mr.Terupt, Rob Buyea paints a heartwarming story through Mr. Terupt-who is a new fifth grade teacher at an elementary school. His class is made up of all different personalities- troublemakers, bullies, brains, outcasts and more. But only he seems to know how to deal with them all. Him and the students share a connection and he makes learning fun. But tragedy strikes, and Mr. Terupt is put into the hospital. The students take fault for the incident and through hardships they learn to face reality the hard way. Will they ever see their beloved teacher again?


Gregor the Overlander

Gregor lost his father one day, he always remembers the time he was missing. One day while he was washing clothes he found a passage to the Underland. The Underland is a civilization where species are much bigger. He finds that he is a part of a major prophecy to end war between the humans and the gnawers, big rats. Will Gregor destroy the Gnawers or die trying.

Erin and Connor

Warriors: Into the Wild


Dragon Run

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Dragon Run Written by Patrick Mathers. Dragon run is a fantasy novel. A 12 year old boy named Al is waiting for Testing Day to be ranked in their society. The higher the rank means a better position they can hold. To Al’s surprise he receives a zero. This puts his entire family in danger. He is cast out of his home and armed with only a sword, Al goes off into the wilderness. Fighting Cultures. As Al travels around the regions, Al met more outcasts that teach Al how to survive the struggle between man and dragon.

Ian L.

Saving Zasha

Saving Zasha written by Randi Barrow. Saving Zasha is a Historical fiction. The story take place in russia 6 years after WWII where many suffered. Now all Germans dow are considered illegal in russia.First, A 13 year old boy and his family risk his everything for a dog. second, some people knows something is wrong. Third, All they can do is survive against other people from finding out.

Juliana and Caitlin

Out Of My Mind

“Words have always swirled around me like snowflakes – each one delicate and different, each one melting untouched in my hands.” Melody is almost 11 years old and surrounded by words. Her parents speak to her like she is like any other almost – 11-year – old. She may not be able to speak but she is smarter than all of them. Her condition, Cerebral Palsy, may have ruined her body, but not her mind. But that is all going to change when she gets the Meditalk. A machine that can talk for her! Maybe she could even get on the quiz team, and show everyone just how smart she is….

Caroline and Maggie.

The Hunt for the Seventh.

Jim and his sister Sal move to Minerva Hall with their father, where they discover something both extraordinary and terrifying. The ghosts of children who died there want him to find the seventh child so they can be put to rest. Things only get more dangerous and frightening the closer they get to finding the last one. The ghosts of the children tell him to follow the statues that are in their memory, where he re-lives each child’s unfortunate death. He must put together the clues they leave him. Can he solve the mystery in time?


Percy Jackson

The Lightning Theif


Treasure hunters

Treasure Hunters is a book made by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. It is a book about 4 siblings who mostly their whole lives were spent on their parents ship. They were home schooled and raised by their adventurer parents. The Kidd family finds treasures and relics. They lost their mom in the Caymans and they lost their dad in a storm. Their family business goes on. The only way to find out the adventures they embark on is to read the book.

The Hunger Games

In the book “The Hunger Games”, Katniss Everdeen lives in District 12, the most poor district in the country of Panem. She must hunt everyday for her family, they have very little money. But, a good way to get that is to win the Hunger Games, an annual event where 24 kids (two from each district, a boy and a girl) must kill each other to win. At the reaping, which is where one boy and one girl is chosen, Katniss’s worst nightmare is realized. Her sister, Prim is chosen for the fatal games, to most likely die. Katniss does the unexpected, she volunteers for the games in Prim’s place. Katniss, and her partner from District 12, Peeta Mellark, must fight to the death against 22 other kids, will she and Peeta win the games? Or die trying?

Christopher, Mikala, Noah and Matthew

Divergent is about Tris Prior as she discovers that she is Divergent. She must hide this from everyone especially Jeanine Matthews. She ends up finding love, hate, and war. This book captures her journey through Dauntless initiation and more.

Lily, Hunter

Elizabeth McCain, Sara Alix, and Mary Keden

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, is a riveting story from the point of view of the help in Jackson, Mississippi. Set in 1958, negroes were abused and treated poorly compared to the whites in the neighborhood. The whole novel is about standing up for what you believe in. Aibileen and Minny, negroes, want to make a difference in their town. Skeeter, a young writer, is their resource to success. They all join together to make a novel to show the world how they were treated. Through downfalls, successful moments, and rebellions Aibileen, Minny, and Skeeter stay together to create something wonderful. Will the book be published?

Jarrid and Mark

Born to Fly

Born to Fly tells the story of eleven-year-old tomboy Bird McGill. Ever since she can remember, Bird has loved flying in small propeller airplanes with her mechanic dad. When the local airstrip is turned into a military flight school, Bird is in heaven. But when a young Japanese American student named Kenji Fujita joins Bird’s class, the entire school seems to be convinced that he’s a spy, or at the very least, that he and his uncle want the Japanese to win. Bird is wary of Kenji, not just because he’s Japanese, but because he steals her flight-related topic for a school report and leaves her to write about the deadly boring local marsh weed. But on Bird’s first trip to the marsh, she and Kenji accidentally discover real spy activity in the area. Bird realizes that Kenji is actually a stand-up guy—and she and Kenji begin an adventure that will shake the town and may even change the future of the United States.


Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows

As Harry Potter comes of age, he set out on a quest given to him by Dumbledore, to find all of Voldemort’s Horcruxes, and destroy them. Only then, can he kill Voldemort, and Fulfill the prophecy that took away his parents. However, many obstacles come in the way, testing much of their morale. Will they finish the quest? Or will they not succeed?


Looking for Alaska

At Culver Creek college in Alabama, Miles Halter is a new college student, entering his first year at the school. He does not know what to expect, and is curious to what will happen in this important chapter of his life. When he goes to the school, he makes three amazing friends, as well as the love of his life. They bond and his new friends soon become the world to him. He finds out he is madly in love with Alaska Young, and Miles feels like he has known her his whole life, but cannot understand her. He thinks his life is perfect as of then. He finds out the true meaning of friendship, because he never really had true friends. Everything is perfect, until a horrible tragedy happens. The friends are devastated and hit with depression, and things will never be the same. Miles never knew he would miss something so much that he only knew for a little while. He understands life is a labyrinth of suffering, but he decides to live the adventure, and carry on.



One fateful day, while Eragon is out hunting in a treacherous mountain valley, he stumbles onto a beautiful polished stone. He thinks of selling it to acquire some money for his family, but when the stone turns out to be a dragon egg, Eragon’s life is shattered. Overnight, Eragon becomes an idolized hero and is thrust into a life of power struggles and intrigue.


The Hunger Games

The world is divided into different districts. Katniss Everdeen lives in district twelve which is the poorest of all. Every year the hunger games occur. A boy and a girl are selected from each district to fight to the death. Primrose Everdeen; Katniss’ sister has been picked but Katniss volunteers to take her place. The only skills Katniss really has is being able to hunt and being very intelligent. Now with the lack of materials and the odds against her, she must fight alongside Peeta Mellark and try to leave victorious.

Liam and Foster

In The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen participates in the Hunger Games and faces many challenges, including traps and battle. This occurs in future North America, which is split into 12 Districts and a Capitol, who runs the deathly games. She volunteers shortly after her younger sister is chosen, taking her place. In the games, 24 tributes fight to the death with weapons, traps, and skill. They fight for a reward of food for their district, survival for the winner and to the district. Katniss Everdeen and the male tribute Peeta Mallark are in the poorest and worst district, and have nearly no chance to win. But this doesn’t faze Peeta or Katniss who have decided to make their own fate.

Robert and Kevin

The Hunger Games

Poverty envelopes the nation after massive warfare. The week didn’t survive, but the strong did. They ended up building 12 little society’s called districts. These districts are harshly ruled by a man of the name President Snow. Once a year President Snow hosts something called the Hunger Games. Each district selects 1 random girl and 1 random boy from the ages 12 to 18 to compete in the games. This Hunger Games isn’t like soccer, or basketball. These games are to the DEATH. Katniss Everdeen lives in district 12, the coal mining district. This district is enveloped by poverty while the Capital has more money than sense. She annually has to go to the choosing, where the names of the people in the districts are chosen to compete in the Hunger Games. But her sister gets chosen. Her week, little sister gets chosen to be killed in the Hunger Games. Although Katniss doesn’t let that happen, instead she volunteers to take her sisters place. She is sent on a train headed to the capital for combat training for the games. Will Katniss be killed in the wretched games that envelope their society. Or will she become victorious and instantly become a huge star within her community

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