MBMS 7th Grade Full List

7th Grade Summer Reading 2023-2024 School year 

Read 2 books: One fiction, one non-fiction. 



• Alexander - Booked 

• Barker – The Thief of Always 

• Bauer – Hope Was Here 

• Cartaya – The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora • Christie – Murder on the Orient Express 

• Crichton – Timeline 

• Curtis – Bud, Not Buddy 

• Gaiman – The Graveyard Book 

• Hiaasen – Flush 

• Kadohata – Weedflower 

• Khan – Amina’s Voice 

• Kimbuishi – Amulet Series – Pick only one book • Lore – The Lorien Legacies Series – Pick only  one book  

• Riordan – Magnus Chase – Pick only one  book 

• Rowling – The Harry Potter Series – Pick only  one book 

• Spinelli – Maniac Magee 

• Torres – Stef Soto, Taco Queen  

• Van Draanen – Flipped 

• Williams – Genesis Begins Again 

• Yolen – The Devil’s Arithmetic

• Beah – A Long Way Gone 

• Beals – Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir  of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central  High 

• Covey – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens • Hillenbrand - Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey  from Airman to Castaway to Captive 

• Newquist – The Book of Blood: From Legends  and Leeches to Vampires and Veins 

• Noah – It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories  from a South African Childhood (Adapted for  Young Readers)  

• Thompson – Guts and Glory: The Vikings

• Yousafzai – I am Malala

Request Your Own – To request permission to choose your own, send an email to dvaccaro@mbusdapps.org for approval. Please include title, author, and your first and last name. 


Fiction Choices


Alexander, Kwame

Realistic Fiction, Drama, Sports, Poetry 

Soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old  Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands  up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. This electric and  heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it  captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup  match!

The Thief of Always 

Barker, Clive


After a mysterious stranger promises to end his boredom with a trip to the  magical Holiday House, ten-year-old Harvey learns that his fun has a high  price.

Hope was Here  

(Newbery Honor book)  

Bauer, Joan

Fiction, Realistic Fiction 

When sixteen-year-old Hope and the aunt who has raised her move from  Brooklyn to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, to work as waitress and cook in the  Welcome Stairways diner, they become involved with the diner owner's  political campaign to oust the town's corrupt mayor.

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora 

Cartaya, Pablo

Realistic Fiction 

Summer is usually the same for Arturo, but things are changing this time!  Distracted by a new person, Carmen, moving into his apartment complex,  he almost doesn't notice the smarmy land developer who rolls into town and  threatens to change it. Arturo refuses to let his family and community go  down without a fight, and as he schemes with Carmen, Arturo discovers the  power of poetry and protest.


Murder on the Orient Express 

Christie, Agatha


A much-loathed murder victim is found aboard the luxurious Orient Express  with multiple stab wounds, thirteen likely suspects, an incomparably brilliant  detective in Hercule Poirot, and the most ingenious crime ever conceived.


Crichton, Michael

Science Fiction 

A Yale history professor travels back in time to 15th century France and gets  stuck, unable to return to the present. His colleagues organize a rescue and  on landing in France become involved in the Hundred Years War.

Bud, Not Buddy  

(Newbery Medal book)  

Curtis, Christopher Paul

Historical Fiction 

Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great  Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man  he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of  Grand Rapids.

The Graveyard Book  

(Newbery Medal book)  

Gaiman, Neil


The orphan Bod, short for Nobody, is taken in by the inhabitants of a  graveyard as a child of eighteen months old and raised lovingly and  carefully to the age of eighteen years by the community of ghosts and  otherworldly creatures.


Hiaasen, Carl

Realistic Fiction 

With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his  younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating  casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their  Florida Keys home.


Kadohata, Cynthia

Historical Fiction 

After twelve-year-old Sumiko and her Japanese-American family are  relocated from their flower farm in southern California to an internment  camp on a Mojave Indian reservation in Arizona, she helps her family and  neighbors, becomes friends with a local Indian boy, and tries to hold on to  her dream of owning a flower shop.

Amina’s Voice 

Khan, Helen

Realistic Fiction 

Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just  hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she’s in middle  school everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily,  one of the “cool” girls in the class, and even talking about changing her  name to something more “American.” Does Amina need to start changing  too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina grapples with these  questions, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized.

Amulet Series 

(Book 1 The Stonekeeper ) 

Kimbuishi, Kazu

Fantasy, Graphic Novel 

A world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a giant robot- --and two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission.

The Lorien Legacies Series 

(Book 1 I am Number Four) 

Lore, Pittacus


John Smith has just arrived in Paradise, Ohio, just another stop in a string of  small towns where the 15-year-old has been hiding out from the  Mogadorians. Those terrifying aliens are determined to destroy him and the  other nine Loric children who have sought refuge on Earth. The Mogadorians  are picking off the surviving kids in numerical order. The first three are dead  and John's number is up. Will his Legacies, his defining super powers,  develop in time for him to fight against the enemy?

Magnus Chase and the Guards of Asgard  (Book 1 The Sword of Summer) 

Riordan, Rick


Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night  two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the  streets of Boston. One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an  impossible secret. 

The Harry Potter Series 

(Book 1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s  Stone) 

Rowling, J.K.


Eleven year old famous wizard, Harry Potter, is sent to wizarding school to  learn magic. He ends up solving a mystery over life and death, all while the  most evil of wizards, Lord Voldemort, is trying to kill him.


Maniac Magee  

(Newbery Medal book)  

Spinelli, Jerry

After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee's life becomes legendary, as he  strikes out on his own and accomplishes athletic feats which awe his  contemporaries and builds strong friendships.

Stef Soto, Taco Queen  

Torres, Jennifer

Realistic Fiction 

Estefania "Stef" Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace  of Tia Perla, her family's taco truck. She wants nothing more than for her dad  to get a normal job and for Tia Perla to be put out to pasture. It's no fun  being known as the "Taco Queen" at school. But just when it looks like Stef is  going to get exactly what she wants, and her family's livelihood is  threatened, she will have to become the truck's unlikely champion.


Van Draanen, Wendelin

Realistic Fiction, Romance 

The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw  Juli, he ran. That’s pretty much the pattern for these two neighbors until the  eighth grade, when, just as Juli is realizing Bryce isn’t as wonderful as she  thought, Bryce is starting to see that Juli is pretty amazing. 

Genesis Begins Again  

Williams, Alicia

Realistic Fiction 

This is the story of a thirteen-year-old girl who is filled with self-loathing and  must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to finally  learn to love herself.

Devil's Arithmetic 

Yolen, Jane

Historical Fiction, Fantasy 

Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel places  her in the middle of a small Jewish village in Nazi-occupied Poland.


Non-Fiction Choices

A Long Way Gone  

Beah, Ishmael

Narrative Non-fiction, Memoir, War 

This absorbing account by a young man who, as a boy of 12, gets swept up  in Sierra Leone's civil war goes beyond even the best journalistic efforts in  revealing the life and mind of a child abducted into the horrors of warfare.

Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of  the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central  High 


Narrative Non-fiction, Autobiography, History 

In 1957, Melba Pattillo turned sixteen. That was also the year she became a  warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark  1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, Melba was one of  nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock's Central High School.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Covey, Sean


In this book author Sean Covey applies the timeless principles of the 7 Habits  to teens and the tough issues and life-changing decisions they face. In an  entertaining style, Covey provides a step-by-step guide to help teens  improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve.

Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation):  An Olympian's Journey from Airman to  Castaway to Captive 

Hillenbrand, Laura

Narrative Non-fiction, Biography, History 

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the  Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick  of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It  was that of a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, who was struggling  to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most  extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The Book of Blood: From Legends and  Leeches to Vampires and Veins 

Newquist, H.P.


An engaging tour of the world of blood, from ancient history to modern  science—with an occasional trip to the very strange side of the most  important tissue in our bodies.

It’s Trevor Noah: Stories from a South  African Childhood (Adapted for Young  Readers) 

Noah, Trevor

Narrative Non-fiction, Memoir 

Trevor Noah shares his story of growing up in South Africa, with a black South  African mother and a white European father at a time when it was against  the law for a mixed-race child like him to exist. But he did exist--and from the  beginning, the often-misbehaved Trevor used his smarts and humor to  navigate a harsh life under a racist government.


Guts and Glory: The Vikings  

Thompson, Ben


From battle-axe-wielding tribes plundering the greatest cities of Europe to  powerful kings and queens ruling their dominions with iron fists, the Vikings  were some of the most feared and fearless figures in European history. Find  the bravest heroes, the most menacing villains, and unbelievably awesome  facts and myths inside this action-packed overview that will amaze kids with  tales of a people so incredible...it's hard to believe they were real.

I am Malala 

Yousafzai, Malala

Narrative Non-fiction, Autobiography 

The remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for  girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and  encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents  who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.