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I'm sure you'll get a variety of many great titles. Here are a few suggestions:
- ADVENTURE--Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
- ADVENTURE--Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- ADVENTURE--Theodore Taylor, The Cay
- ADVENTURE--Jack London, The Call of the Wild and White Fang
- SCI-FI--Lois Lowry, The Giver
- AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL--The Diary of Anne Frank
- Rodman Philbrick, Freak the Mighty
Anything by Roald Dahl is great. James and the Giant Peach is sci-fi/adventure. The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Glass Elevator, and the list goes on. All his books are fantastic!
Science Fiction - Grinny: Nicholas Fisk
Science Fiction - K-PAX: Gene Brewer
I would also have gone with Roald Dahl, including the autobiographical Boy in addition to his great fictional writing.
I have more experience with the older end of this spectrum, so my suggestions are probably more for 6th and 7th grade.
Number the Stars - Lois Lowry
Johnny Tremain - Esther Forbes
Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli
Harriet Tubman: Conductor ofn the Underground Railroad - Ann Petry
Some books that my own children read in junior high school are as follows:
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Mildred D. Taylor
The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton
Rascal - Sterling North
The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros
I would support #3 in the recommendation for Roald Dahl. In British schools his fiction is used extensively and is great in so many ways. Another book not listed above for Grade 7 would be The Chrysalids, which I myself studied at this age.
What about 'Holes' by Louis Sachar and 'The Chocolat War' or 'I am the Cheese' (or another title) by Robert Cormier?
I have absolutely no expertise in childrens' literature, but I do know that the Newbery Awards are designed to call attention to valuable books for young readers. I've been impressed with the Newbery-Award-winning books I've read, and so I looked around just now to see if I could find you a list or two of such books categorized by grade level. Here is one useful site:
Here is another such site:
The links here may also be helpful:
You can probably find other such sites by searching google for "award-winning children's books by grade level"
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