Summer Reading » Summer Reading for Grade 7

Summer Reading for Grade 7

Dear Parents,

To prepare for 7th grade, we suggest that your child read any of the highly-readable, high-interest listed below. We encourage “ear reading” using podcasts and audiobooks in addition to traditional reading and graphic novels. We have included recommendations based upon titles similar to those you read this year, titles other students in 7th grade have enjoyed, graphic novels and a list of podcasts to listen to that you may enjoy as well.
Remember to visit the Wadleigh Memorial Library website to sign up for their summer reading challenge for a chance to win prizes for reading this summer!
Please be aware that not all of these selections may be appropriate for every reader. Please help your child to choose those that are appropriate for him/her. You can refer to for a summary of each book & reader reviews. Additional book recommendations can be found on the Wadleigh Memorial Library website:
Thank you, stay safe and have a great summer!
Milford Middle School Grade 7 Teachers
Summer Reading Recommendations

The Cay

Chinese Cinderella

Listening for Lions
A Long Walk to Water

Homeless Bird

When My Name was Keoko
Linda Sue Park

Island of the Blue Dolphins
Scott O’Dell

Out of My Mind
Sharon Draper

Jacqueline Woodson

R.J. Palacio

The Shakespeare Stealer
Gary Blackwood

Elephant Run
Roland Smith

Bud, Not Buddy
Christopher Paul Curtis
The Book Thief
Marcus Zusak

Kite Fighters
Linda Sue Park

The Boy on the Wooden Box
Leon Leyson

The Crossover
Kwame Alexander


Percy Jackson & Olympians Series
Rick Riordan
The Door in the Wall
Marguerite De Angeli

Ghosts in the Fog
Samantha Seiple

The Sultan’s Tigers
Josh Lacey

Among the Hidden
Margaret Haddix

D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths
Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire

Fever 1793
Laurie Halse Anderson

Mike Lupica

Ben Mikaelsen

A Single Shard
Linda Sue Peck
Looking for more titles to choose from?
Blended - By: Sharon M. Draper

Book Thief - Markus Zusak

The Girl who drank the Moon- By: Kelly Barnhill

Counting by 7’s – By: Holly Goldberg Sloan

It Trevor Noah: Born a crime (Young reader edition) – By: Trevor Noah

Malala – By: Malala Yousafzai

Brown Girl Dreaming – By: Jaqueline Woodson

Redwall- By: Brian Jacques

Walk Two Moons- By: Sharon Creech

Ungifted – By: Gordon Korman

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief – By: Rick Riordan

Fish in a Tree – By: Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Endurance ( young reader edition) – By: Scott Kelly

The Sign of the Beaver- By: Elizabeth George Spear

Graphic Novels Recommendations
New Kid- By: Jerry Craft

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy (retelling of little women) By: Rey Terciero

Ghosts – By: Raina Telgemeier

Becoming Brianna – By: Terri Libenson

Stargazing- By: Jen Wang

Nat Enough- By: Maria Scrivan

Crossover- By: Kwame Alexander
Do you Like to “Ear Read”?
How About a POD Cast!
The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified
Listen as world-famous radio reporter Eleanor foils devious plots, outwits crafty villains, and goes after The Big Story. Eleanor’s pursuit of truth takes her into orbit, out to sea, and even to the halls of Congress! Her adventures are entertaining and informative.
Flyest Fables
If your tweens are into hip-hop, this podcast might be just their speed. Episodes follow the main character, Antoine, a boy who is bullied, who finds a magical book that transports him to another world.
StarTalk Radio
Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about all things space: stars, planets, humans in space, and so much more. He also interviews a lot of amazing people, from Buzz Aldrin to Alan Rickman.

The Allusionist
Explore the English language, with all its oddities! Filled with good humor and levity, this podcast will help you explore the roots of words and phrases that we use every day.
Stuff You Missed in History Class
The title speaks for itself. Learn about people and events that are often overlooked in a typical history class.
Youth Radio
Youth Radio is a podcast for teens, published by teens. It was created to showcase the power of young people as makers of media, technology, and community. It brings the teen perspective to issues of public concern.
The Past & The Curious
Humans are a curious lot as this podcast attests to in its mission statement: “true stories of inspiration, humor, and the incredible achievements of all types of people, many of which are sadly under-shared.”