7th Grade and 8th Grade


List of 13 items.

  • Six of Crows

    Leigh Bardugo
    (Series) A multiethnic band of misfits of differing sexual orientations, one impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first!
  • The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

    Pablo Cartaya
    When his family's restaurant and Cuban American neighborhood in Miami are threatened by a greedy land developer, thirteen-year-old Arturo, joined by Carmen, a poetry enthusiast, fight back, discovering the power of poetry and protest through untold family stories and the work of José Martí.
  • #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

    Lisa Charleyboy (editor)
    An eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman. Stories of abuse, humiliation, and stereotyping are countered by the voices of passionate women making themselves heard and demanding change.
  • Bingo Love

    Tee Franklin
    In 1963, at church bingo, Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray fell in love, but because of pressure from their families they had to break up, only to reunite nearly fifty years later at church bingo.
  • Give Me Some Truth

    Eric Gansworth
    In 1980 life is hard on the Tuscarora Reservation in upstate New York, and most of the teenagers feel like they are going nowhere. Carson Mastick dreams of forming a rock band, and Maggi Bokoni longs to create her own conceptual artwork instead of the traditional beadwork that her family sells to tourists. Tensions are rising between the reservation and the surrounding communities, and somehow in the confusion of politics and growing up, Carson and Maggi have to make a place for themselves.
  • Dread Nation

    Justina Ireland
    Fighting the undead is a breeze for Jane, but the fight for freedom? That's a different story. The Civil War is over, but mostly because the dead rose at Gettysburg—and then started rising everywhere else. Now the dangerous task of killing these shamblers rests on black people and Native Americans taken from their homes and forced into combat training schools at a young age. Jane McKeene, a black teen born to a white mother, is nearly finished with her training. She's fierce with a scythe but longs to find her way home to her mother.
  • All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages

    Saundra Mitchell (editor)
    From the forests of fourteenth-century England to Massachusetts on the eve of Y2K, this anthology waltzes through history, infusing it with the oft-overlooked-and much-needed-narratives of queer teens. Through an alluring blend of genres and a diverse array of YA authors-including Malinda Lo, Alex Sanchez, Robin Talley, and Mackenzi Lee, these 17 short stories explore crushes and coming out, runaways and revelations, narrow escapes, and enchanted evenings.
  • Puddin’

    Julie Murphy
    White Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a little girl, but this year she has new plans to chase her secret dream of being a newscaster--and to kiss the boy she's crushing on. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend, but when it comes to other girls, she's more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing that they might have more in common than they ever imagined.
  • Animus

    Antoine Revoy
    (Graphic Novel) The residents of a quiet Japanese neighborhood have slowly come to realize that inauspicious, paranormal forces are at play in the most unlikely of places: the local playground. Two friends, a young boy and girl, resolve to exorcise the evil that inhabit it, including a snaggle-toothed monster. In Animus, a beautiful but spooky young adult graphic novel of everyday hauntings, Antoine Revoy delivers an eerie tale inspired by the Japanese and French comics of his childhood.
  • Ghost Boys

    Jewell Parker Rhodes
    After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys, including historical figure Emmett Till.
  • Bestest. Ramadan. Ever.

    Medeia Sharif
    Not allowed to eat from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan and forbidden to date, fifteen-year-old Almira finds that temptation comes in many forms during the Muslim holy month, as she longs to feel like a typical American girl.
  • Sheets

    Brenna Thummler
    (Graphic Novel) White thirteen-year-old Marjorie runs her family’s laundry company. Wendell is a ghost who lives there. Neither of them are very happy with this situation. (Releases in August)
  • Goodbye Days

    Jeffrey Zentner
    A white teen feels responsible when the text he sent plays a role in the car crash that killed three of his friends. He navigates through the guilt and pain by celebrating their lives--and ultimately learning to forgive himself.


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  • Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement

    Janet Dewart Bell
    Through wide-ranging conversations with nine African American women, several now in their nineties with decades of untold stories, we hear what ignited and fueled their activism, as Bell vividly captures their inspiring voices.
  • Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment

    Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
    A provocative, timely, and deeply-researched history of gun culture and how it reflects race and power in the United States.
  • Vincent and Theo

    Deborah Heiligman
    The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers' lives. Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friend--Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions.
  • The Comic Book Story of Video Games

    Jonathan Hennessey
    Everything you need to know about video games from their early beginnings during World War II to the emergence of arcade games in the 1970s, to the rise of Nintendo, to today's app-based games like Angry Birds and Pokemon Go. Each chapter features spotlights on major players in the development of games and gaming that contains everything that gamers and non-gamers alike need to understand and appreciate this incredible phenomenon.
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Rivalry, Adventure, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements (Young Readers Edition)

    Sam Kean
    Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? And why did tellurium (Te, 52) lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history? The periodic table is a crowning scientific achievement, but it's also a treasure trove of adventure, greed, betrayal, and obsession. The fascinating tales in The Disappearing Spoon follow elements on the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.
  • 57 Bus

    Dashka Slater
    If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes.

Summer Reading Challenge

Submit a photo of yourself reading a book by August 31. All participants will get a prize!

What's the prize? Here's a hint: It’s something you can squeeze.

Feel free to be creative!

Email your photo to library@gds.org.


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