7th Grade Summer Reading List

Seventh Grade Summer Reading List

Theme: “Community”


The summer reading list has seven choices; Freak the Mighty (Lexile 1000) by Roderick Philbrick is the required reading book.  Students are required to read two additional books from the list, but they are encouraged to read more.  When school starts in the fall, students will take tests and complete assigned projects on the books they have read.


*Freak the Mighty (Lexile 1000) required -   Roderick Philbrick

Students will be tested on this book during the first week of school.


The seventh grade literature teachers request that your child bring his or her own personal copy of Freak the Mighty to class on the first day of school.


Students are required to read two of the books from the following list.  Projects and/or short objective tests will be assigned to evaluate both chosen books.


Wednesday Wars (Lexile 990)                                        –           Gary Schmidt

The Single Shard (Lexile 920)                                        -           Linda Sue Park

Listening for Lions (Lexile 900)                                     –           Gloria Whelan

Just Ella (Lexile 850)                                                    –           Margaret Peterson Haddix

Loch (Lexile 840)                                                          -           Paul Zindel

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life (Lexile 770)           –           Wendy Mass

Penny from Heaven (Lexile 730)                                    –           Jennifer Holm




Lexile Band
Lexile Band
K-1 N/A N/A
2-3  450L–725L 420L–820L
4-5  645L–845L 740L–1010L
6-8 860L–1010L 925L–1185L
9-10 960L–1115L 1050L–1335L
11-CCR  1070L–1220L 1185L–1385L
















Seventh Grade Book Summaries

2013-2014 St. Joseph Catholic School

Summer Reading List


Freak the Mighty – by Roderick Philbrick (Required).  Freak the Mighty is a fictitious story about two boys who are completely opposite in appearance, but are treated very much the same by people.  The boys become close friends because of their “problems,” and they help each other realize no matter how different their problems are, they can enjoy a close friendship with one another.


Loch – by Paul Zindel. Loch and his sister are psyched to travel with their scientist dad to a remote lake. While they’re out on the tranquil water, a hideous beast explodes from the deep in a deadly attack. The isolated lakeside town is terrified, and a greedy businessman comes up with a ruthless plan. But Loch discovers that the prehistoric reptiles only strike in self-defense. Risking his life—and the lives of his family—will Loch save the creatures from being destroyed?


The Single Shard – by Linda Sue Park.  This is a story written about an orphan named Tree-ear who lives with Crane Man, an old, homeless widower who takes Tree-ear in when he has to leave his home in the monastery.  Alive with fascinating information about life and art in ancient Korea, The Single Shard makes young adult readers care about the artistry and inventive process of these craftsmen and the young orphan.


Listening for Lions– by Gloria Whelan.  An old-fashioned story of courage that will appeal to many.  The book begins in British East Africa where the heroine, Rachel Sheridan, lives with her parents.  After her parents die, Rachel becomes involved in a web of deceit which challenges her courage and her values.


Penny From Heaven – by Jennifer Holm. (2007 Newberry Honor Book)  It is 1953 and 11-year-old Penny dreams of a summer filled with butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and baseball, but nothing comes easy in Penny’s family.  Penny From Heaven is about a time in American’s history, not all that long ago, when being Italian meant you were the enemy.  This book is a story about families – about things that tear them apart and bring them together.


Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life – by Wendy Mass.  A package marked “The Meaning of Life: For Jeremy Fink To Open on His 13th Birthday” arrives a month before Jeremy’s birthday.  Jeremy and his polar opposite best friend, Lizzy, go on a search to find four keys that will open the box that contains the meaning of life.

Just Ella – by Margaret Peterson Haddix. It’s a familiar story: In spite of the obstacles put in her way by her wicked stepmother, Ella goes to the ball, sweeps Prince Charming off his feet, and is chosen to be his bride. Now she’s comfortably ensconced in the palace, awaiting marriage to the man of her dreams. It’s happily ever after time, right? Wrong! Life for Ella has become an endless round of lessons and restrictions; even worse, Prince Charming turns out to be more like Prince Boring. Why can’t she talk with him the way she can with Jed, her earnest young tutor?

Wednesday Wars – by Gary Schmidt.  On Wednesday afternoons half of Holling’s class leaves school early for Catechism class.  The other half leaves early for Hebrew School.  That leaves Presbyterian Holling alone every Wednesday afternoon with his teacher, Mrs. Baker.  Neither of them is happy at the prospect, and Holling is sure Mrs. Baker hates him as a result.  At first, Mrs. Baker just has Holling clean erasers, but then she decides to make better use of the time by introducing Holling to Shakespeare.  As events in the larger world during the 1967-’68 school year unfold in the background, Holling begins to learn about himself, his family, friends, and the mysterious adult world.


Summary of each book from Barnes and Noble.