This year I was supposed to read 40 books for my English class but I wasn’t able to read that many. I still like realistic fiction and dystopian. I’ve never really liked fantasy/action adventure either. I lost one page of my reading log because I think I read a few more books. When I remember them, I’ll add them. Most of these books came from my school librarian and from friends. My mom recommended a few books to me but most of them I abandoned. My sister also gave me a few good book recommendations.
Fish In a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
An easy read about a girl who is dyslexic and gets help from a teacher.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
A dystopian novel about a boy who is going to die because it’s their culture to “unwind” some kids who are bad and reuse their body parts for others. Instead he escapes and meets a girl and together they must figure out how to survive.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
I thought this book was really funny but towards the end, it got boring.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
This is about an American Indian boy and he is living on a reservation. The education system is not great so he transfered to a private school for all white kids. The story is about him adjusting to his new school and what is like when you live in poverty. It’s funny but sad at the same time.
Gossamer by Lois Lowry
There is a boy in a foster home because his stepdad was abusive and while his mom is trying to figure things, an older woman takes care of him and is kind to him. But there is a battle going on that the humans don’t realize in their sleep. There are dream creatures battle fighting to give humans good dreams or bad dreams by turning human memories into their dreams. This is a really short book but a little confusing.
The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall
This is a very sweet book and an easy read for a 7th grader but perfect if you have been reading the series so far. This is the fourth book of five but the fifth is not out yet. It focuses on Batty and how she is getting over the loss of her old dog, Hound.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This book is based in WWII Germany. It’s about a girl who is hiding a Jewish man in her basement and it’s how the man affects her how he changes her life.
Sisters by Raina Telgemeir
This is a graphic novel that is very similar to Smile and Drama, her other graphic novels that roughly follow her life. In this book, Raina is with her sister and mom on a road trip when their car breaks down and their mom goes off to get help only it’s not a matter of hours but a few days until she gets back.
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
This is second book of the four book series of The Giver. This is about a girl named Kira in a different dystopian society located near the society of The Giver. Kira’s mother dies and her father has passed away a while ago. Her father was an important figure so the government leaves Kira and her mother alone. Once the mom dies however, one of the elders wants to kill Kira for her inheritance. Kira also has the same special gift of weaver that her mom possessed. All the kids who have a special gift, like Kira, are taken advantage of by her government. Kira is able to figure out that her government is corrupt and tries to change it.
Messenger by Lois Lowry
This is the third book in The Giver series. It’s about another society that relates to Gathering Blue and The Giver and it’s about a boy whose the messenger and has to deliver a message to Kira’s society and bring Kira back to his society. Kira has a bad leg so they face difficulties going through the forest. The forest is magical so it has a personality of its own and can kill and hurt people. He has a special gift of healing.
Son by Lois Lowry
This is the last book of The Giver series. This is about a girl in the society that The Giver is set in. All the books relate to each other in this final book. She is a birth mother and once she finds out what is wrong with her society, she wants her baby back but her baby, a boy, wasn’t doing well so Joseph, the dad, took care of the baby because the dad is a nurturer. Since the baby wasn’t improving, they wanted to kill it, but Joseph manages to save the baby. It’s about the girl’s journey to find her son. The son is now grown up and uses his powers to battle evil.
Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli
Star Girl is about a girl who moves to a new school and is different from the rest of the girls. She has a strange personality and the story is about how the narrator likes the girl so he tries to help her. Star Girl and the narrator try to figure out how she should act, who she should be and that it doesn’t matter that she isn’t like everyone else.
How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life by Kaavya Viswanathan
This is about a girl who is trying to get into Harvard. She is very qualified but she’s missing a social life so she tries to get a social life so she can get into Harvard. This is written by a girl who got into Harvard and wrote this book her freshman year. Unfortunately, the author plagiarized her book and was caught. This book was pulled off the shelves of bookstores.
I Am Number Four by Pitticus Lore
This is a story about a boy who came from another planet and is blending into Earth but is one of ten kids who have to battle an entire planet of aliens. The aliens have already taken over the boy’s planet and now they want to take over Earth. The boy has powers and it’s an action packed book. It’s a very good and exciting book.
Legend by Marie Lu
This book is really good! Legend is about another dystopian world. It’s about this boy who is a criminal. He doesn’t kill anyone but he gets caught up in a murder. The government thinks he murdered the general of the military. The general’s sister is the prize of the government because she got a perfect score on the mandatory test all kids take when they are ten-years-old. The main character failed this test so he was supposed to die but he escaped. The boy and the general’s sister end up working together to figure out the secrets to what they thought was a perfect world.
Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick
Gorgeous is about a girl who becomes a model because her mom dies and set her up with a model person who is a little magical and is able to make her look beautiful and famous. It’s a very interesting book.
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