Grade 7 Reading List

Recommended by educators at top U.S. gifted and talented schools

An excellent reading list for 7th graders, starting with fiction books, followed by fantasy and science fictions, historical fictions, mystery and adventure fictions, biography/memoir and poetry, and ending with non-fiction titles. 


  • The Outsiders
  • Milkweed
  • If I Stay
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • Purple Heart
  • If You Come Softly: Twentieth Anniversary Edition
  • A Voice of Her Own : Becoming Emily Dickinson(Hardback) - 2009 Edition
  • Heart of a Champion
  • Uglies
  • Little Brother
  • Son (Giver Quartet)
  • I'll Be There
  • Just Call My Name

Fantasy and Science Fiction

  • Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast
  • The Hunger Games
  • A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle)
  • Seraphina (Seraphina Series)

Historical Fiction

  • Dragon's Gate (1994 Newbery Honor)
  • Nightjohn
  • Summer of My German Soldier
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Mystery and Adventure

  • And Then There Were None [TV Tie-in] (The Agatha Christie Collection)
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency


  • I Have Lived A Thousand Years: Growing Up In The Holocaust
  • Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI
  • Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China During the Cultural Revolution
  • Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka


  • You and Yours (American Poets Continuum)
  • The Trouble with Poetry: And Other Poems


  • The Ultimate Weapon: The Race to Develop the Atomic Bomb
  • Chasing Lincoln's Killer
  • Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland