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Book Talks
for the Seventh Grade
by Ms. Ewing
Turn on your
speaker!
Hi!
If you are looking at this
presentation, you probably
were absent the day I did a
book talk for your class.
I prepared this PowerPoint just
for students like you, so you
will know the most important
things I talked about!
I’ve also included summaries
of a few books I think you’ll
really like!
Seventh Grade Book Talks
For historical fiction, click
here:
For contemporary fiction,
click here:
Contemporary
Fiction
Historical
Fiction
Stories that take place at least twenty years
ago
Often carefully researched to give a good
idea of what it was like back then
Characters and/or what happens to them are
made up by the author
Like taking a ride in a time machine!
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
by Karen Cushman
California mining town, 1849
After their dad dies, Lucy and
her mom and siblings work hard
to make a living by running a
boarding house in a tent.
Lucy hates it and wants to go
home to Massachusetts!
Funny and sad; like a diary
“But, Mama! I
can’t go
shooting little
animals!”
Two Books about War
The Bloody Country
True North
by the Collier brothers
1770’s, just before the
American Revolution
Ben’s family is caught in the
conflict between the Indians,
the British and the early settlers.
Action-filled drama with heart
by Kathryn Lasky
Starts in 1858, before the Civil
War
Afrika is a fugitive slave. Will
she make it to freedom on the
Underground Railroad?
Tragic, yet inspiring!
“They don’t shoot
the ones who
carry the flag, do
they?”
“Look here.
I ain’t going
back.”
The Watsons Go to Birmingham
- 1963
by Christopher Paul
Curtis
Michigan and Alabama,
1963
Kenny’s older brother
Byron is so naughty, his
parents decide to take
him to stay with his
grandma for the summer
so she can straighten him
out, but that means going
through the South during
the height of the Civil
“Momma,
quick! It’s
By!...He’s froze
to the car!”
More Historical Fiction Choices
(Click “Back” on each web page to return here)
Here’s a terrific list of books with a short description of
each one:
http://www.esu3.k12.ne.us/districts/millard/centmidd/vertli
b/historical2.html
Here’s a useful list with books arranged by the date they
take place:
http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/FranklinMS/research/hisfic.htm
The Scott O’Dell Award is for exceptional historical
fiction. Here’s a list of the books that have won it:
http://www.scottodell.com/odellaward.html
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Stories that take place within the last twenty years
Have pretty realistic settings and plots
Characters and what happens to them are made
up by the author
Can be funny or sad; about people, sports,
animals or modern events
May be like your life, or like someone you know!
Granny the Pag
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by Nina Bawden
Cat has lived with her grandma
most of her life.
Now Cat’s parents want her back.
Cat’s grandma can be very
embarrassing, but does she really
want to go live with her parents
who are virtual strangers?
On the other hand, things at
school are getting difficult with
bullies after her every day…
Funny, with good insights about
people
“And then I
asked myself if I
would live to see
Rosie again.”
Modern Stories in Other
Cultures
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Journey of the Sparrows
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No Turning Back
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by Fran Leeper Buss
and Daisy Cubias
When Maria’s home is destroyed
by soldiers, the surviving family
members must flee El Salvador.
Maria and two siblings make it to
Chicago, but how can they survive
with no money and no passports?
The eye-opening story of a
courageous young girl.
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by Beverley Naidoo
Sipho can’t get along with his
stepfather, so he runs away to
Johannesburg, the biggest city in
South Africa, where he lives.
He joins a gang of homeless boys
to stay alive, but he misses his
mother terribly, and is in danger of
starving or getting into drugs.
Gritty and believable
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Crash
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by Jerry Spinelli
Takes place in Pennsylvania
When pacifist Penn Webb moves
in next door to “Crash” Coogan,
the football jock, Crash makes him
the butt of all his jokes, but Penn
just smiles and takes it.
Will Penn ever fight back? Will
Crash ever figure him out?
A funny and realistic
transformation of a young man.
“Hasta la
vista,
hambone.
Bam! Bam!
Bam!”
More Contemporary Fiction
(Click on “Back” on each web page to return here.)
Here’s a list of excellent contemporary novels:
http://www.hall-school.org/library/reading_list/2001/01real.htm
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problems:
http://www.dpls.lib.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=286
This list includes summaries of the recommended books:
http://www.sstx.org/experiment.php?page=summerRea
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The End
I hoped you enjoyed this
presentation.
See me in the library to
check out any of these
books.
Our library computers also
list more in the genre you
need.
Read and be happy!
Bibliography
Book jackets were copied from these sites:
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http://www.audiobooksonline.com/shopsite/media/05534778
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Motorcycle sound and theme from “Coach” were
copied from these sites:
http://home.comcast.net/~berniecarroll/wavpage/wavpage.htm
http://www.sitcomsonline.com/c.html
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