Seventh-Graders Remember Their Favorite Books of the School Year!

Here is my 2nd installment of, “Why I Will Remember This Book.”  Today I’m featuring what seventh-graders chose as their most remembered book of this past school year. As with my previous post I’ve added some of the student’s thoughts on the book and why it made an influence on them. While I was compiling the list I quickly saw newer titles but many timeless classics were included.  Pass these titles onto a young person in your life!

Thank you to Mr. Giertz our 7th grade Language/Literature teacher and to all of the 7th graders who shared their thoughts about the books they chose!

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1), by Lemony Snicket – submitted by – Alex P.: “I will remember this book because I can put myself in their position and imagine how bad it would feel to lose your parents in a fire.”

Band of Brothers, by Stephen Ambrose – submitted by – Chris T.

Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – submitted by – Samantha G.: “I can relate to the tough times the main character went through like losing someone close to me.  The love in this book was amazing and powerful.”

Beauty, by Robin McKinley – submitted by Paige F.

Before I Die, by Jenny Downham – submitted by – Kassidy T.

Bras and Broomsticks (Magic in Mahattan, Book 1), by Sarah Mylnowski – submitted by – Brittany E.: “I will remember this book because it was about a teen witch.  I was also hooked in this book and I couldn’t stop reading! I think one of the important images was when Miri and her mom were telling Rachel (Miri’s older sister) that she was a witch.”

The Burning Bridge (Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 2), by John Flanagan – submitted by – Kenny H.: “It is a very good series and it was a very suspenseful book!”

Cirque du Freak, Book 10: The Lake of Souls, by Darren Shan – submitted by – Ethan M.: “I will remember this book because it shows an entirely different side of Cirque du Freak.  In the beginning, there were vampires but in this, there were dragons, different animals, and freaky creatures.  This book took Cirque du Freak to a new level.”

The Contender, by Robert Lipsyte – submitted by – Zach R.: “I will remember this book is about boxing.  I love sports and boxing is one of my favorites. Boxing is about stamina and strength and that is also another reason why I will remember this book.”

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Book 1, by Jeff Kinney – submitted by – Kyle C.: “The reason why I will remember this book is because it is the funniest book I’ve ever read and it is really interesting!” Also submitted by – Thomas C.

Diary of Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, by Jeff Kinney – submitted by – Joe M.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules, by Jeff Kinney – submitted by – Grant H.

Dogsong, by Gary Paulsen – submitted by – Collin A.

Each Little Bird That Sings, by Debra Wiles – submitted by – Kassidy M.: “I will remember this book because it touched me.  It was about a girl learning to deal with death and her emotions. It was heart-breaking, heart-warming, and inspiring. I feel I connected with the characters and put myself in their shoes.  It really changed me.”

Gimme a Call, by Sarah Mylnowski – submitted by – Mali S.: “It was a very great book about a girl who made mistakes and wanted to fix them.  Then she accidently dropped her phone in a mall fountain.  Once she picket it up she called herself from the past!”

The Giver, by Lois Lowry – submitted by – Tyler O.

Gone (Gone, #1), by Michael Grant – submitted by – Jacob F.: “I will remember this book because it is a fast paced thrilling book that got better and better and I couldn’t put it down!”

Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen – submitted by – Dayton C.

Heartbeat, by Sharon Creech – submitted by – Savannah G.

Holes, by Louis Sacher – submitted by – Kendal C. and Nate A.

I Heart You. You Haunt Me, by Lisa Schroeder – submitted by – Morgan M.: “I will remember this book because of all the suspense, all of the drama, and how everything that occurred affected the next thing that happened.”

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You, by Ally Carter – submitted by – Alyssa N.

If I Stay, by Gayle Forman – submitted by – Shailee B.

Julie’s Wolf Pack, by Jean Craighead George – submitted by – Morgan A.

The Last Song, by Nicholas Sparks – submitted by – Kate Lynn S. : “The basic love story twisted and turned in every which way.  The ending was the shocker.  This book showed two people who love each other enough to get through anything.  This was a real tear jerker.”

Magyk (Septimus Heap, Book 1), by Angie Sage and Mark Zug – submitted by – Reilly s.

Marley and Me, by John Grogan – submitted by – Jessica S.

Nothing But the Truth, by Avi – submitted by – Jonny W.

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck – submitted by – Jake G.: “I will remember this book because it is possibly the best book I have ever read. Another reason I will remember this book is because it is one of the saddest books I’ve ever read.”

On the Devil’s Court, by Carl Deuker – submitted by – Jimmy K.

The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton – submitted by – Estefany G., Avery S., Kyle C., and  Aaron P.

Paper Towns, by John Green – submitted by – Lana L.: “It was the first book to make me cry.”

The Thing About Georgie, by Lisa Graff – submitted by – Clara R.

Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt – submitted by Nick C.

The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane – submitted by – Brandon G.: “I will remember this book because it is a chilling reminder that warfare is not so celebrated and romantic.  I also liked it because it wasn’t written in this century.”

Weasel, by Cynthia DeFelice – submitted by – James B.: “I can remember this story because of the great imagery and suspicion created throughout.  The great adventure and excitement really makes a book look good to this day. It is immensely powerful to, the way you can look at a book and if you like it. This book gives you great detail about every incident and every member of the family.  If you read this book you could understand this truly is an outstanding novel.”

Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls – submitted by – Kale W.: “I will remember this book because I love dogs and I think it is great that he had such a great relationship with them.” Also submitted by – Aaron V.: “I will remember this book because it is sentimental.  It has a good feeling.  It was written to hook the reader.”

Wherever Nina Lies, by Lynn Weingarten – submitted by – Lauren B.: “I will remember this book because it had a really good plot and climax.  There was a twist in it and I wasn’t expecting it!”

The Wrath of Mulgrath (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 5), by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi – submitted by – Ashley G.



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2 responses to “Seventh-Graders Remember Their Favorite Books of the School Year!

  1. Liz Pope

    What a fun blog post, thanks for sharing! Brings me back to the days when I was in 7th grade — definitely remember Hatchet, The Giver and Tuck Everlasting. So good!

    • Hi Liz!
      I’m happy to hear our students brought back some fond reading memories for you! Yes, Hatchet, The Giver, and Tuck Everlasting, are still being checked out by students! They are becoming classics!
      Visit my blog again and I hope to continue to bring good books to readers’ attention!

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