Multcolib Kids Picks: Fast Fun Reads for 7th-8th Grades

Doodlebug A Novel in Doodles By Young, Karen Romano Book - 2010 j YOUNG 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Moving is tough. But the hardest thing of all about the move that Doreen "Dodo" Bussey's family is making is that she suspects it might be because of her. Her mother gives Dodo a blank notebook, which she uses to chronicle the move and the first days in a new city. RL 3.3 520L

After Tupac & D Foster
After Tupac & D Foster By Woodson, Jacqueline Book - 2008 y WOODSON Available in some locations

Annotation:In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live. RL 4.7 750L

One Crazy Summer
One Crazy Summer By Williams-Garcia, Rita Book - 2010 j WILLIAMSG 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 34 copies

Annotation:In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to discover their mother wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp. RL 4.6 750L

What Momma Left Me
What Momma Left Me By Watson, Renee Book - 2010 y WATSON 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:After the death of their mother, thirteen-year-old Serenity Evans and her younger brother go to live with their grandparents in Portland, who try to keep them safe from bad influences and help them come to terms with the violence that has upset their family. RL3.9

Smile By Telgemeier, Raina Book - 2010 ygn 617.645 TELGEMEIE 2010 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 30 copies

Annotation:Using a graphic novel to tell her story, from sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself. RL 2.4

Adventures in Cartooning
Adventures in Cartooning By Sturm, James Book - 2009 jgn STURM 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Want to make that squiggle look like a superhero? This book will teach you how to draw even if you don’t think you can! RL 2.1 170L

Milo Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze By Silberberg, Alan Book - 2010 j SILBERBER 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:In love with the girl he sneezed on the first day of school and best pals with Marshall, the "One-Eyed Jack" of friends, seventh-grader Milo Cruikshank misses his mother whose death has changed everything at home. RL 5.5

Cirque Du Freak
Cirque Du Freak By Shan, Darren Book - 2001 j SHAN Available in some locations

Annotation:Two boys who are best friends visit an illegal freak show, where an encounter with a vampire and a deadly spider forces them to make life-changing choices. RL 3.6 650L

Bystander By Preller, James Book - 2009 j PRELLER 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Eric looks the other way when his new friend, Griffin, bullies the other middle-schoolers. But in one shocking moment, Eric goes from being a bystander to a victim. RL 4.2 600L

Yummy The Last Days of A Southside Shorty By Neri, Greg Book - 2010 ygn 305.896 NERI 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:This graphic novel tells the true story of an eleven-year old African American gang member from Chicago who shoots a young girl and is then shot by his own gang members. RL 3.4

Porch Lies
Porch Lies Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and Other Wily Characters By McKissack, Pat Book - 2006 j MCKISSACK Available in some locations

Annotation:Will the slimy gravedigger steal the corpse’s jewelry, or does he know the woman is still alive? How will James Booker Black outfox the devil in the battle for his own soul? Can Aunt Gran outwit the outlaws Jesse and Frank James? These ten tales of trickery are funny, clever and scary. RL 4.8 790L

Goop Soup
Goop Soup By Lubar, David Book - 2010 j LUBAR 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Nathan Abercrombie is just getting started with his training for secret organization BUM, the Bureau of Useful Misadventures when greasy green globs of goop start oozing from every faucet in town. BUM asks Nathan to investigate. Things get worse when Nathan's mother makes him a doctor's appointment. His doctor is sure to notice that Nathan is dead! RL 3.7 520L

Confetti Girl
Confetti Girl By López, Diana Book - 2009 j LOPEZ 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:After the death of her mother, Texas sixth-grader Lina's grades and mood drop as she watches her father lose himself more and more in books, while her best friend uses Lina as an excuse to secretly meet her boyfriend. RL 4.1 660L

Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf
Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf A Year Told Through Stuff By Holm, Jennifer L. Book - 2007 jgn HOLM Available in some locations

Annotation:The first year of middle school can be exciting, or scary, just ask Ginny, who tells her story through refrigerator notes, IM’s, diary entries, cards, receipts and candy wrappers. RL 4.7 720L

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading By Greenwald, Tom Book - 2011 j GREENWALD 2011 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 14 copies

Annotation:Middle schooler Charlie Joe is proud of his success at avoiding reading, but eventually his schemes go too far. RL 5.4 630L

Blue Lipstick
Blue Lipstick Concrete Poems By Grandits, John Book - 2007 y 811.6 G753b 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:A 15-year-old girl named Jessie writes poems about trying out new makeup and hairstyles, playing volleyball and cello, and dealing with her annoying younger brother. These poems are shaped like the things they are about. RL 3.5

The Memory Bank
The Memory Bank By Coman, Carolyn Book - 2010 j COMAN 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Hope’s parents abandon her younger sister Honey, telling Hope to forget her. Instead, Hope searches for her at the Memory Bank, where dreams and memories are kept in vaults and bubbles. RL4.9 730L

Pick-up Game
Pick-up Game A Full Day of Full Court Book - 2011 y PICKUP 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Read ten stories about street basketball, from ten different writers, including Walter Dean Myers. RL 4.3 720L

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When you want good books that aren’t too hard, use this booklist! Each book’s reading level (RL) is included in the description. The Lexile measure is also included when available. The reading level is not the same as the maturity level; check to make sure this book is right for you. Some titles may not be available at all locations. Please ask library staff for help if you are not able to find the item you want. (This list used to be called Shorter Books for Taller Readers. )