Incoming 7th graders must read at least one book from the following list. You will be handing in an assignment in Science class based on the book you read.

@ = advanced read

** = good for reluctant or struggling readers

!! = edgy, mature material

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Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk and Feel by Nancy Castaldo.


Night Sky: Find Adventure! Go Outside! Have Fun! Be a Backyard Stargazer! by Howard Schneider.


The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk by Jan Thornhill. **


Bubonic Panic: When Plague Invaded America by Gail Jarrow. **


A Dog in the Cave: The Wolves Who Made Us Human by Kay Frydenborg. @


Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass by Mary Kay Carson.


Smart and Spineless: Exploring Invertebrate Intelligence by Ann Downer.

redmadness.jpg Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat by Gail Jarrow.


Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind Environmental Headlines by Paul Fleischman.


Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Diane Fossey, and Birute Gladikas by Jim Ottavani and Maris Wicks. **


The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees by Sandra Markle


Wild Animal Neighbors: Sharing Our Urban World by Ann Downer **


Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football's Make-or-Break Moments by Carla Killough McClafferty


Tales from the Tail End: Adventures of a Vet in Practice by Emma Milne


Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words by John Pilley. @

@ This is a book written for adults that received a starred review by Booklist and was flagged as a good read for teens.

invincible.jpgInvincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure by Jim Murphy.


Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyardby Loree Griffin Burns. **


The Frog Scientist, Swimming with Hammerhead Sharks, Quest for the Tree Kangaroo, The Hive Detectives, orANY other Scientists in the Field series book. **


A Life in the Wild: George Schaller's Struggle to Save the Last Great Beast by Pamela S. Turner.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

@ !!
This is an advanced read and also a mature read. Henrietta Lacks was a poor Southern tobacco farmer living and working on the same land as her slave ancestors. When she became sick with cancer as a young mother, doctors harvested some of her cells without her knowledge. This is the story of both the incredible advances in science and medicine that her cells helped make possible, such as the polio vaccine, and the story of the life she and her children led. Some of the details of her life, and those of her children, involve mature themes and disturbing details.


Blizzard! The Storm that Changed America by Jim Murphy.


The Down to Earth Guide to Global Warming by Laurie David.


@ Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman.


The Omnivores' Dilemma for Kids: The Secrets Behind What You Eat by Michael Pollan.


My Life with the Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall.


Where Else in the Wild? More Camouflaged Creatures Concealed ... And Revealedby David M. Schwartz and Yael Schy. **