Summer Reading 2011
For Incoming 7th Graders at TCMS

Have a terrific summer!
Mrs. Maas
TCMS Librarian

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
This novel is based on an actual epidemic of yellow fever that wiped out 10% of the population of Philadelphia in only three months. For sixteen-year-old Mattie, the epidemic begins with the death of a friend. Mattie suffers hardships and terror as the fever strikes at home, and she and her grandfather must flee for their lives.

Lucky T by Kate Brian
Carrie Fitzgerald has always been the luckiest girl in school, but what no one realizes is that she is also the most superstitious, attributing all her good luck to a t-shirt, so when Carrie’s mom accidentally donates her lucky shirt to charity, Carrie’s luck starts to run out, forcing her to travel halfway around the world to get it back.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Aliens have attacked the Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. Student Ender Wiggen shows promise in the “art of war” training games at the Battle School, which has been established to train a military genius who can defeat the aliens and save mankind!

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
One of the best mysteries ever written, this is the story of ten strangers, potentially linked, lured together by a mysterious host. Once the guests have arrived, the host makes an accusation of his guests. They begin to share their darkest secrets, until one by one they begin to die!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
On her way to marry a prince she’s never met, Princess Ani is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.

Shug by Jenny Han
A twelve-year-old girl learns about friendship, first loves, and self-worth in a small town in the South.

Worldshaker by Richard Harland
Sixteen-year-old Col Porpentine is being groomed as the next Commander of Worldshaker, a juggernaut where elite families live on the upper decks while the Filthies toil below, but when he meets Riff, a Filthy girl on the run, he discovers how ignorant he is of his home and its residents.

Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley
Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she’s dead. And all because of a guy and a gummy bear.

Cracker! : The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
When 17-year-old Rick Hanski enlists in the army, he intends to “whip the world,” but he soon finds out that he can’t do it alone. As a dog handler, he relies on Cracker, a sharp-minded German shepherd to protect him from danger and provide him with companionship during his tour of duty in Vietnam.

Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman
Seventeen-year-old Vince’s life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.

The Contender by Robert Lipsyte
Alfred Brooks is a high school dropout, living in a world of gangs, drugs and violence. Feeling powerless and afraid, Alfred gathers the courage to visit Donatelli’s Gym, the neighborhood boxing club, where he hopes to learn to be a champion on the streets and in his own life.

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
Overwhelmed by his first year in high school, Scott’s life becomes even more complicated when he learns of his mother’s pregnancy. He records the details of everything, including his attraction to the freshman goddess, in a journal written for his new sibling.

Summer Ball by Mike Lupica
In this sequel to Travel Team, thirteen-year-old Danny must prove himself all over again for a disapproving coach and against new rivals at a summer basketball camp.

Cuba 15: A Novel by Nancy Osa
Violet Paz, a Chicago high school student, reluctantly prepares for her upcoming “quince,” a Spanish nickname for the celebration of an Hispanic girl’s fifteenth birthday.

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
Seventeen-year-old Annika tries to cheer up her little brother Jeremy before his surgery to remove a cancerous tumor by bringing home his favorite television actor, Steve Raleigh, the star of “Teen Robin Hood.”

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
Twelve-year-old Gratuity “Tip” Tucci is left to fend for herself after Earth is colonized by aliens and her mother is abducted, and must try to stop another alien invasion with only the help of a cat named Pig and an alien named J. Lo.

The Last Silk Dress by Ann Rinaldi
During the Civil War, Susan finds a way to help the Confederate Army. At the same time, she uncovers a series of mysterious family secrets, deals with the death of her father, and falls in love with a Yankee.

Numbering All the Bones by Ann Rinaldi
The year is 1864 and the Civil War is moving toward an end. Thirteen-year-old Eulinda goes searching for her brother who had enlisted in the Union Army and discovers that he may be a prisoner at Andersonville, a prisoner of war camp where 13,000 soldiers perished.

Peak by Roland Smith
After Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, he’s left with two choices: wither away in Juvenile Detention or go live with his long-lost father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand. But Peak quickly learns that his father’s renewed interest in him has strings attached. Even so, for a climbing addict like Peak, tackling Everest is the challenge of a lifetime. It’s also one that could cost him his life.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, “The $20,000 Pyramid,” a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that lead her to believe that something terrible is about to happen.

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
Set in modern-day London, this first book in a gripping trilogy introduces young magician’s apprentice Nathaniel. Humiliated by a hotshot wizard, Nathaniel summons the not-so-tame djinni, Bartimaeus, and sends him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand.

Countdown by Deborah Wiles
As eleven-year-old Franny Chapman deals with drama at home and with her best friend in 1962, she tries to understand the larger problems in the world after President Kennedy announces that Russia is sending nuclear missiles to Cuba. Features historic quotations and photographs.

Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde
While playing a medieval virtual reality game, Giannine learns that demonstrators have broken into the computer system and damaged the game; she must complete it quickly or risk a “fatal overload!”