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2020 Summer Reading Program: Grades 7-8

Below are the books for grades 7–8 that are part of our our Summer Reading Program in 2020. Be sure to add the free bookmark below to your cart (or download one here) to check them off as you read. Learn more about our Summer Reading Program here.

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Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142405963
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Published: Speak - July 6th, 2006

Told through a grandfather’s memories, this work of historical fiction takes us back to the 1930’s, when a young Navajo boy is carried in his uncle’s wagon over 100 miles from home to the Rehoboth Mission boarding school. From the moment he walks through the school gates, Kii Yázhí, Little Boy, is charged not “to speak Navajo [or] be Navajo.” Nevertheless, Kii Yázhí, renamed Ned Begay (a now-common Navajo surname due to the ignorance of the bilagáanaa teachers) excels at his studies while holding on to his sacred language. Though underage, he answers the call for Navajo speakers also fluent in English to join the Marines for a secret World War II mission. Only after his all-Navajo platoon graduates from boot camp do they learn that they’re to be trained as the second class of Code Talkers, memorizing and enhancing the code based on the Navajo language for transmitting messages to and from the front lines of WWII. A captivating, historically accurate story of the boys and men responsible for the only spoken military code never deciphered, and a critical piece of US history that remained classified until 1969. —Michelle


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The Girl King Cover Image
By Mimi Yu
$10.99
ISBN: 9781547603084
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - February 11th, 2020

An action packed fantasy novel about two sisters who become rivals over the title of Emperor. Yu’s writing is beautiful, with a fascinating magic system. This book can be enjoyed by middle grade readers and young adult readers alike. If you enjoyed Sabaa Tahir or Leigh Bardugo’s work, you’ll enjoy this tangled web of romance, magic, and adventure! —MJ


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Go with the Flow Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250143174
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Published: First Second - January 14th, 2020

Four friends are fed up with their school not providing necessary menstrual supplies and decide to make a change. This brilliant graphic novel shows readers how to raise up the people they care about, be honest about their feelings, and talk openly about their own bodies. For anyone who has (or will have) a period or those who just love a great friendship story! This is everything I want a book to be—empathetic, educational, and entertaining! —Tori


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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781524700515
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Published: Ember - March 5th, 2019

The beauty of this book lies in the author’s ability to paint a realistic picture of a girl growing up in contemporary Chicago with loving immigrant parents who don’t seem to understand her. Julia’s older sister, the “perfect” daughter, recently died in an accident. Now Julia can’t live up to such goodness. When Julia tells her mother that she can’t wait to leave home for college, where she can live in a dorm and be independent, her mother says, “You think you’re all grown up. You’re only fifteen. You don’t even know how to make a tortilla.” We feel Julia’s pain and guilt, and travel with her to Mexico where her grandmother reveals family history that ultimately brings an enlightened Julia home to a happy ending. Finally! A story that put a Mexican-American girl’s perspective on the page. —Noreen


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Monday's Not Coming Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062422682
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - April 23rd, 2019

Claudia and Monday have been best friends for as long as they can remember, supporting each other through the good times and bad. They share everything, even Claudia’s darkest secret, but it turns out Monday held something back. Then Monday goes missing and no one will believe Claudia when she says something is wrong. This is a tough but necessary story about Black girls who fall through the cracks and how harmful secrets really can be. I couldn’t put this book down until I uncovered the truth. This is the perfect book for anyone who was touched by The Hate U Give and concerned about truth and justice. —Ivy


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Ms. Marvel: Kamala Khan Cover Image
By G. Willow Wilson (Text by), Adrian Alphona (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781302916404
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Published: Marvel - February 19th, 2019

Kamala just wants to go to parties, read comic books, and eat a bunch of junk food. Just your average American teenager…. who happened to gain the power to change her shape after a weird mist descends over her city. Suddenly, Kamala has to juggle school, family obligations, and saving the world. I originally read this book in comic book singles eagerly waiting for the next one, but lucky readers don’t have to wait a whole month to find out what happens because it’s all right here in this gorgeous full color edition! Kamala’s story is perfect for any fan of superheroes, graphic novels, or great stories about first generation Americans. —Ivy


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The Prince and the Dressmaker Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626723634
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Published: First Second - February 13th, 2018

In preindustrial Paris, a prince with a penchant for wearing dresses hires a creative young seamstress to create new clothes for his alter-ego, the charming Lady Crystallia, and to serve as his sole confidant. Wang’s graphic novel is a visual feast with a sumptuous color palette, full of striking character designs and fanciful, dramatic gowns. The story also explores gender norms and LGBTQ identity through a character that has a fluid gender expression and resists traditional labels. It is also in early production as a movie musical, with the head songwriters from Frozen already attached to the project. A fresh, fun take on the fairytale genre. —Molly


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This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work Cover Image
By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780711245211
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

What is race? What is racism? What about personal racism, institutional racism, and internalized racism? Why is it important to protect ourselves against microaggressions? Complete with an introductory glossary, this book is packed with 20 lessons on how to “wake up, take action, and do the work” to actively fight against racism. Young people already familiar with these concepts will find support and encouragement by reading this book. Newcomers to these ideas will begin to have their eyes open to the injustices of this world (and would benefit from guidance from adults already educated and actively practicing anti-racism). Also a great choice for family reading for those on a journey towards active anti-racism. As the starred Kirkus review says, this book is “Essential.” —Noreen


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Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250294470
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Published: Square Fish - January 15th, 2019

This is the true underdog sports story about "The team that invented football.” This book gives the history of Jim Thorpe and The Carlisle Indian School football team and presents an unflinching look at the U.S. government's violent persecution of Native Americans through schools designed to erase Native American cultures. Under the guidance of Coach Pop Warner, a group of young Native American men faced overwhelming obstacles both on and off the field and refused to accept defeat. Astonishing and thought provoking, this is a period of history worthy of recognition and celebration, especially by fans of football, "America's favorite sport." —Azia


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The Witch Boy Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338089516
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Published: Graphix - October 31st, 2017

Aster comes from a magical family. The women are witches and the men are shapeshifters. It is forbidden to learn witchcraft as a boy, but that’s exactly what Aster wants to do. He learns what he can in secret even as his family pushes him into the mold they expect of him. When his male cousins start to disappear, he knows he can save them, but only if he breaks all the rules and defies gender norms. His turmoil feels so real to me as we all struggle to live up to norms we never helped define. Perfect for fans of The Tea Dragon Society, This Was Our Pact, and good fantastical stories. —Ivy