Thursday, February 26, 2009

List of books for Seventh Graders

I work for a tutoring business called Learning Squared. Today the director, Sylvia Bryant, asked me to make a list of books that would be appropriate for seventh graders. The seventh grader in question is a girl, but this list includes books that boys might like too. If you can think of any more that your seventh grader(s) particularly liked, please let me know.

Here is my list, compiled in part from my own memory but also from a great book called The Well-Trained Mind, by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer. The ones with an asterisk are ones that I've read and that I approve. ;-)

J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter series
*C. S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia
*T H. White, The Sword in the Stone
*Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
*Christina Rossetti poems, especially "Goblin Market"
*Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensiblity
*Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
*Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped
Treasure Island
*Alcott, Little Women
*any Sherlock Holmes stories
*Kipling, the Jungle Book
H. G. Wells, the Time Machine or The War of the Worlds
*London, The Call of teh Wild
Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express
*Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
*Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, The Yearling
*Isaac Bashevis Singer short stories
*Toni Morrison, Beloved, or any other novel by her
Isaac Asimov
Pearl Buck
Willa Cather
*Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
*Jules Verne, TWenty thousand Leagues Under the Sea
*Dickens, A Christmas Carol
*Brink, Caddie Woodlawn
*Field, Hitty: Her First Hundred Years
*Forbes, Johnny Tremain
Speare, Calico Captive
*Hurston, Their Eyes were Watching God
*Gipson, Old Yeller

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