I think the hardest age for summer reading is middle school, don’t you? Try these good 7th grade books for ages 12 and 13 for summer reading. I think they’ll entice your middle schoolers to read throughout the dog days of summer.
Who am I to suggest these middle grade and YA books?
Besides being a former teacher and parent of two, I read hundreds of books every month to find the best books for you and your readers. I’ve read and reviewed all of these books. If you want to read more about each book, visit this list of book reviews for 7th graders.
Are your 7th graders reading on a device? My daughter does. At least most of the time. And I like that she’s reading, so I don’t care if she reads on a Kindle, an iPad, a paper book, or phone. Just that she’s reading is good. Without too much nagging… So, consider adding technology to your 7th grader’s summer reading.
What else can motivate your 7th grade reader?
Give your reader a choice of books to read.
Give your 7th graders books — lots of books — whether library books or store-bought books!
Help your 7th grader find blocks of time to read.
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7th Grade Books for Summer Reading List (Ages 12 – 13)
FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION 7th Grade List
If you like fantasy & sci-fi books, you’ll love:
- Bloom by Kenneth Oppel
- The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
- Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
- House of Scorpions by Nancy Farmer
- Kelcie Murphy and the Academy for the Unbreakable Arts by Erika Lewis
- Lightcasters by Janelle McCurdy
- Phenomena: The Golden City of Eyes by Brian Micahel Bendis and Andre Lima Araujo (graphic novel)
REALISTIC 7th Grade Summer Reading List
If you like realistic books, you’ll love:
- Rain Rising by Courtne Comrie
- What Happened to Rachel Riley? by Claire Swinarski
- Gone to the Woods by Gary Paulsen
- Starfish by Lisa Fipps
- House Arrest by K.A. Holt
- Not an Easy Win by Chrystal B. Giles
- The Chance to Fly by Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz
ADVENTURE & MYSTERY 7th Grade Books Summer Reading List
If you like adventure, try these books:
- City Spies by James Ponti
- Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibb
- 96 Miles by J.L. Esplin
- Whale of the Wild by Rosanne Parry
- The Van Gogh Deception by Deron Hicks
- Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart
- Beneath by Roland Smith
HISTORICAL FICTION 7th Grade Summer Reading List
Love historical fiction? Try a book from this list:
- Allies by Alan Gratz
- The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
- Brothers Keeper by Julie Lee
- Loyalty by Avi
- Finding Junie Kim by Ellen Oh
- The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw
- When the World Was Ours by Liz Kessler
- Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson
NONFICTION 7th Grade Books Summer Reading List
Try a nonfiction book! Here are incredible choices you won’t be able to put down:
- Rise Up: Ordinary Kids With Extraordinary Stories by Amanda Li
- History Comics: The Roanoke Colony: America’s First Mystery by Chris Schweizer (graphic novel)
- Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation adapted by Ari Folman
- Accidental Archeologists: True Stories of Unexpected Discoveries by Sarah Albee
- Unforgotten The Wild Life of Dian Fossey and Her Relentless Quest to Save Mountain Gorillas by Anita Silvey
- Never Caught, The Story of Ona Judge: Young Readers Edition by Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve