RECOMMENDED READING – YEAR 7
PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING FORMAT IF YOUR BOOK SUITS THIS YEAR LEVEL
NAME (Surname, First), TITLE, PUBLISHER, KEY THEMES, ONE SENTENCE DESCRIBER MAX. TRY TO INSERT YOUR NAME ALPHABETICALLY TO KEEP SEARCHING EASIER.
Bongers, Christine, HENRY HOEY HOBSON, Random House, HUMOUR, FAMILY, FRIENDSHIP, DIVERSITY, BULLYING, IDENTITY AND BELONGING. Friendless, fatherless and the only boy in his class, Henry Hoey Hobson is drowning in the treacherous waters of Year Seven – will the creepy neighbours next door be his life line or sink forever his chances of fitting in?
Fusillo, Archimede, On The Mat, Better Books (Re-issued) 2015, FAMILY, MATESHIP, LOSS, SELF-ESTEEM, IDENTITY, SPORT. When his father dies something in Claude tells him he needs to ask questions about the past so he can get on with his own future and face his personal fears.
Hayes, Nicole, THE WHOLE OF MY WORLD, Random House, FAMILY, GRIEF, FOOTBALL (AFL), GENDER, IDENTITY AND BELONGING, FRIENDSHIPS AND RELATIONSHIPS. The lines between friendship and love become blurred when a grieving teenager befriends her football hero.
Kalkipsakis, Thalia; LIFESPAN OF STARLIGHT, Hardie Grant Egmont, TECHNOLOGY, CLIMATE CHANGE, TIME TRAVEL, MATERNAL SACRIFICE, RESOURCE RATIONING, IDENTITY. Fourteen-year-old Scout is an illegal who survives on half her mother’s rations in water-scarce 2084. When she steals a microchip, Scout gains access to the privileges of Australian citizens, but she also discovers a skill inherent in all human beings: the ability to travel through time.
Pryor, Michael, LEO DA VINCI VS THE ICE-CREAM DOMINATION LEAGUE, Random House Australia, FRIENDSHIP, CREATIVITY, TEAMWORK, DIVERSITY, HUMOUR. Leonardo da Vinci was a Renaissance polymath? Not really, he’s a ten-year-old boy in our world who fights super villains through a combination of bizarre inventions and a team of eccentric misfits. It’s very funny. Click save
Wang Gabrielle, LITTLE PARADISE, Penguin Books. Themes: war, love, identity both personal and national, friendship, family. Amidst the seething chaos of post WWII Shanghai, as the civil war escalates, a young ChineseAustralian girl from Melbourne must decide whether to flee to safety with her baby or stay and find her lover, a Chinese intelligence officer being hunted by both sides.