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  1. cscreader

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    I am looking for some new novels to do with my 7 grade reading classes .... any ideas? I have done The Giver and Holes as well as the Christmas Carol in December. I guess my struggle is finding novels that the students are interested in as well as challenging. Holes didn't work because the majority of students have seen the movie and were just not into it. Any ideas?
     
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    mopar Multitudinous

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    Down the Rabbit Hole, The Lightning Thief (has a movie), Watson's go to Birmingham, M.C. Higgins the Great, Esperanza Rising, Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry, Hunger Games

    Novels by Mike Lupica
     
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    Go to townsendpress.com-They love those books-all have good lessons too and are only $1
     
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    My 7th graders loved House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.
     
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    I am also trying to come up with decent novels that my 7th graders will enjoy (I'm planning ahead for next year). Traditionally I have done The Outsiders and Where the Red Fern Grows. Both are big hits but I'd just like to branch out and try/read something new. Any suggestions from anyone would be greatly appreciated! :)

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    I just finished Hatchet with my 6th graders and they loved it!
     
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    Fipped and all other books by that author are a big hit for 7-8 graders as well as all Sharon Draper books.
     
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    In class we read Beowulf, A Christmas Carol, and The Pearl (Steinbeck). We also read a version of a Sherlock Holmes story, The House of the Baskervilles. For other reading assignments we do Tangerine, Hoot, Flipped, Gathering Blue, Where the Red Fern Grows, and maybe a couple of others.
     
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    They love Freak the Mighty too!
     
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    Our 7th graders are doing Hunger Games, and all the students are loving it! We can't keep Catching Fire or Mockingjay in stock in the library because they're all dying to know how the story ends.
     
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    Monster by Walter Dean Myers. It is written in screenplay format. The kids find this challenging, but interesting. It deals with a young black man accused of a crime. We have great discussions about types of characters, bias, and social issues. It also leads to a great discussion because the reader is never really sure if he is guilty even Steve (the main character) seems unsure. Of course, this fits nicely with persuasion.
     
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    The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
    The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
    Someone Was Watching by David Patneaude (Text is a lower level, but most kids love the story)
    Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
     
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    James Patterson writes books for kids that are really good. Maximum Ride, Daniel X, Witch and Wizard series. Another good book for boys is Harris and Me, by Gary Paulson, but you need to read it first to be sure you can assign it. The antics the boys get into are hilarious but the language is very questionable.
     
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    He also has a new book out for middle schoolers.
     

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