WHITE PLAINS MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER READING LIST – 2011 GRADE 7 All students entering grade seven are required to read two books from this list before school begins in September. Your teachers, school librarian, and the librarians at the White Plains Public Library will be happy to help you select books from this list. Please note that all students will be assessed on their summer reading during the first few weeks of September. Avi Wolf Rider (Mystery) 530 Andy places himself in great danger when he tries to prove that the supposed crank caller claiming to have committed murder is telling the truth. Bunting, Eve SOS Titanic (Historical Fiction) 690 With high hopes, Pegeen and her two brothers leave Ireland to begin a new life in New York by sailing on a fabulous new ship… the Titanic. Draper, Sharon Double Dutch (Realistic Fiction) 760 Three eighth-grade friends, preparing for the International Double Dutch Championship jump rope competition in their hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, cope with Randy's missing father, and Yo-Yo's encounter with the class bullies, and a secret Delia is too embarrassed to share. Flake, Sharon Money Hungry (Realistic Fiction) 650 All thirteen-year-old Raspberry can think of is making money so that she and her mother never have to worry about living on the streets again. Lester, Julius Day of Tears (Historical Fiction) NP-non prose When gambling debts and greed enter into the Butler household, Pierce Butler decides to host the biggest slave auction in American history and breaks a promise by selling Emma, his mostvalued slave and caretaker of his children--a decision that brings about unthinkable consequences. Nelson, N.A. Bringing the Boy Home (Realistic Fiction) 710 As two Takunami youths approach their thirteenth birthdays, Luka reaches the culmination of his mother's training for the tribe's manhood test while Tirio, raised in Miami, Florida, by his adoptive mother, feels called to begin preparations to prove himself during his upcoming visit to the Amazon rain forest where he was born. Nixon, Joan Lowery Secret, Silent Screams (Mystery) 750 Although everyone believes Barry committed suicide, Marti is determined to prove her friend was murdered despite the danger involved. Osa, Nancy Cuba, 15 (Realistic Fiction) 750 Violet Paz, a Chicago high school student, reluctantly prepares for her upcoming "quince", a Spanish nickname for the celebration of a Hispanic girl's fifteenth birthday. Peck, Richard River Between Us (Historical Fiction) 740 During the early days of the Civil War, the Pruitt family takes in two mysterious young ladies who have fled New Orleans to come north to Illinois. Peterson-Haddix, Margaret Among the Hidden (Science Fiction) 800 In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong. Soto, Gary Petty Crimes (Short Stories) 800 Ten powerful short stories about Mexican Americans living in California. La guera -- Mother's clothes -- Try to remember -- The boxing lesson -- Your turn, Norma -- The funeral suits -- Little scams -- If the shoe fits -- Frankie the rooster -- Born worker. A collection of short stories about Mexican American youth growing up in California's Central Valley. Yang, Gene Luen American Born Chinese (Realistic Fiction) 530GN Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture. Presented in comic book format. *Books that reader sometimes find more challenging. A collection of these titles is available from the Young Adult Department, White Plains Public Library and from the White Plains Middle School Library. Revised 2011. Visit www.whiteplainspublicschools.org for access to the Project Summer Read site.