Multcolib Kids Picks: Reading Up, 7th-8th Grade Reading Level

The Penderwicks
The Penderwicks A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and A Very Interesting Boy By Birdsall, Jeanne (Book - 2005 ) j BIRDSALL Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 28 copies

Annotation:Four sisters, ages 4 to 12, spend the summer with their father (and a very large dog) in a cottage and share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother. First book in this series.

Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini By Fleischman, Sid (Book - 2006 ) j B-H836fL 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:Profiling his early years, personal life, and great accomplishments in show business, the story of the famous magician, Harry Houdini, comes to life through a review of his greatest tricks and most amazing feats.

The Phantom Tollbooth
The Phantom Tollbooth By Juster, Norton (Book - 1996 ) j JUSTER Available in some locations

Annotation:A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.

Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo Da Vinci By Krull, Kathleen (Book - 2005 ) j 709.2 L581kr 2005 Available in some locations

Annotation:For more than thirty years, Leonardo da Vinci was devoted to investigating everything in the natural world. Nothing escaped his interest-how our eyes see, why the sky is blue, what forces build mountains, how light travels, where water comes from, and the inner workings of the human body.

One Beetle Too Many
One Beetle Too Many The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin By Lasky, Kathryn (Book - 2009 ) j B-D227La 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Discover the life and work of the renowned nineteenth-century biologist who transformed conventional Western thought with his theory of natural evolution.

Savvy By Law, Ingrid (Book - 2008 ) j LAW Available in some locations

Annotation:The adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her “savvy”–a magical power unique to each member of the family—just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.

Ella Enchanted
Ella Enchanted By Levine, Gail Carson (Book - 1997 ) j LEVINE Available in some locations

Annotation:In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables By Montgomery, L. M. (Book - 2004 ) j MONTGOMER Available in some locations

Annotation:Anne, an adventurous young orphan, goes to live on a farm with an elderly brother and sister and makes an indelible impression on everyone around her. Illustrated by Scott McKowen; first book in a series.

The Flint Heart
The Flint Heart A Fairy Story By Paterson, Katherine (Book - 2011 ) j PATERSON 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Charles and his younger sister, Unity, along with their dog consult with the local fairies on how to save their father from a magic amulet that brings power and despair to those who touch it.

Pale Male
Pale Male Citizen Hawk of New York City By Schulman, Janet (Book - 2008 ) j 598.944 S386p 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:A red tail hawk and his mate build their nest near the top of a Fifth Avenue apartment building and bird watchers gather hoping to see the chicks in the nest.

Treasure Island
Treasure Island By Stevenson, Robert Louis (Book - 2009 ) j STEVENSON 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate's fortune. Illustrated by John Lawrence.

Unwitting Wisdom
Unwitting Wisdom An Anthology of Aesop's Fables By Ward, Helen (Book - 2004 ) j 888 W258u 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:Read this illustrated adaptation of twelve animal fables first told by the Greek slave Aesop.

Dealing With Dragons
Dealing With Dragons By Wrede, Patricia C. (Book - 2002 ) j WREDE 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:Bored with palace life, Princess Cimorene joins a group of dragons and soon becomes involved in fighting some disreputable wizards. First book in a series.

Millicent Min, Girl Genius
Millicent Min, Girl Genius By Yee, Lisa (Book - 2003 ) j YEE Available in some locations

Annotation:Through journal entries, 11-year-old Millicents tells of her struggles with playing volleyball, making friends, tutoring her enemy, and coping with her grandmother’s departure.

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This list suggests books for children whose reading level is higher than their grade level. For example, if your 4th grader reads at a 7th grade level, this list may have some good suggestions for you. Most of the reading levels were determined using Lexile score and Microsoft Word’s Readability Check. Readability is one consideration when selecting a book. Many factors, such as content, age of the reader, interest, appropriateness of the text and text difficulty affect the suitability of a book for a child reader. While librarians and resource lists provide guidance, you are the best judge of what is appropriate for your child.


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