7th Grade Reading List

The 7th grade reading list gives our top ten picks of classic literature for seventh graders.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By Mark Twain

Considered as a sequel to the book "Adventures of Tom Sawyer," this fictitious story recounts the continuing saga of the two boys living on the Mississippi River, but from the perspective of Huck Finn. The original edition had racial language which caused it to be banned from some schools. Later editions change the language of a few words for that reason. In spite of the objectionable language, this book is one of the first to address racial disparities.

The Incredible Journey

By Sheila Burnford

This fictitious animal story takes place in northern Ontario. Three pets, a labrador, a terrier, and a Siamese cat; set out on a journey through the Canadian wilderness to return to their owners.

Adam of the Road

By Elizabeth Janet Gray

Historical fiction, this story is set in England in the 1290's. Adam is a traveling ministrel who encounters various adventures on his journey. Medieval life is reflected, as well as the significance of the signing of the Magna Charta and the beginning of the House of Commons to the common people.

Across Five Aprils

By Irene Hunt

Historical fiction, this is one of the most popular Civil War stories for children. The main character's family is divided between the Union and the Confederacy. Trouble occurs with their family and with the residents of the area. The effect of on-going struggle through the years of the Civil War demonstrates the far-reaching impact the national conflict had on individual families.

Favorite Sherlock Holmes Detective Stories

By Arthur Conan Doyle

The most famous of detective stories, this fictitious character solved mysteries in England in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Written in first person, the narrator is Dr. Watson, the famous detective's right-hand-man. This is an ingenius way to demonstrate Sherlock Holme's outstanding logic, while simultaneously keeping details hidden from the reader until the right time. Stories include: "The Red-Headed League," "A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Final Problem," "The Adventure of the Dancing Men," "Silver Blaze," "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," "The Engineer's Thumb," and "The Crooked Man."

The Hobbit

By J.R.R. Tolkien

Often considered a prequel to the triology, "The Lord of the Rings," this book includes many of the same characters. Tolkien created the fantasy world of Middle Earth for these stories. The Hobbit was the first written which was written in a more light-hearted style. It is the first adventure story of the most famous hobbit, Bilbo Baggins; the acclaimed wizard Gandalf; and 12 dwarves. Perhaps the most entertaining and amusing of the books on the 7th grade reading list.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

By Elizabeth George Speare

Historical fiction that takes place in Puritan New England in 1687. A clash of cultures occurs as Kit, raised in Barbados, moves to Puritan New England to stay with her aunt and uncle. She befriends a woman accused of witchcraft and finds herself in disgrace with the town's people. Several of the characters are historical figures from that era.


By Robert Louis Stevenson

Historical fiction, the story takes place in Scotland at the same time as the American Revolutionary War. The fictitious hero, David Balfour, finds himself unwittingly in an ancient conflict between the Highlanders and Lowlanders.

Johnny Tremain

By Esther Forbes

Johnny, a silversmith apprentice in Boston, is injured and no longer able to do the work of a silversmith. His life is changed when he joins the Sons of Liberty. Historical figures, including Paul Revere, are part of the story.

The Diary of Anne Frank

By Anne Frank

This is the real diary, originally written in Dutch, of a Jewish girl who was hiding from the Nazis between 1942 and 1944. She later died in a concentration camp. This is the most serious and reflective of the books on the 7th grade reading list.

7th Grade Reading List Book Club

Earn a book club certificate if you read at least seven titles from our 7th Grade Reading List. See the details at 7th Grade Book Club and make sure you don't miss out on any of the great adventures.

More Seventh Grade Books

So many, many books to choose from. In addition to those listed above, here are a few other sources for finding great books for your seventh grader:

For great paperback books check out our discount classics for 4th to 8th grade.

Students might also want to choose books from the classic list for middle school.

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