Monday, April 30, 2012

2012 -- Favorite Books for 7th grade boys

At the end of every school year I ask my students to hand in a list of their top five books. I compile these into a recommended reading list for 7th graders. Here is the boys' list.

2011 / 2012
Favorite Books of Mrs. Hansen’s students

BOYS’ TOP 10  (in order of popularity)
1.       Hunger Games series, by Suzanne Collins
2.       The Percy Jackson series, by Rick Riordan
3.       Fablehaven series, by Brandon Mull
4.       The Red Pyramid series, by Rick Riordan
5.       Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
6.       Heroes of Olympus series, by Rick Riordan
7.       Inheritance series (Eragon), by Christopher Paolini
8.       Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, by Jeff Kinney
9.       39 Clues series, by various authors
10.   Janitors, by Tyler Whitesides

All Others  (in alphabetical order)
The 13th Reality series, by James Dashner
Alex Rider series, by Anthony Horowitz
Beyonders series, by Brandon Mull
The Big Field, by Mike Lupica
Big Red / Wild Trek, by Jim Kjelgaard
Bone graphic novels series, by Jeff Smith
Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
Calvin and Hobbes comics, by Bill Waterson
The Candyshop War, by Brandon Mull
Castaways of the Flying Dutchman, by Brian Jacques
Code Talker, by Joseph Bruchac
Coraline, by Neil Gaiman
Dark Fire (The Dragon Chronicles), by Chris D’Lacey
Deltora Quest series, by Emily Rodda
the dictionary
Enders Game, by Orson Scott Card
Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan
Freak the Mighty, by Rodman Philbrick
The Gatekeepers series (Raven’s Gate),
by Anthony Horowitz
The Giggler Treatment, by Roddy Doyle
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
I Am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore
Hank the Cow Dog, by John R. Erickson
Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen
Holes, by Louis Sachar
The Home Ranch, by Ralph Moody
Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher
Leven Thumps series, by Obert Skye
Lord of the Rings series, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Magic Thief, by Sarah Prineas
Maximum Ride series, by James Patterson
Million Dollar Throw, by Mike Lupica
My Side of the  Mountain, by Jean Craighead George
The Mysterious Benedict Society series,
by Trenton Lee Stewart
Old Yeller, by Fred Gipson
Rangers Apprentice series, by John Flanagan
Redwall series, by Brian Jacques
The Roar / The Whisper, by Emma Clayton
The Shadow Children series, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Septamus Heap series (Magyk), by Angie Sage
The Stoneheart trilogy, by Charlie Fletcher
Summer Ball, by Mike Lupica
The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo
Voices from Afghanistan, by Allan Zullo
War Horse, by Michael Morpurgo
The Warrior Heir series, by Cinda Williams Chima
Western books by Louis L’Amour
Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls
The Whipping Boy, by Sid Fleischman
Witch and Wizard series, by James Patterson

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