Young Adult Fiction Question

I must enlist the help of my reader-ly friends this evening.

I have been given about 48 hours to choose one new novel for grade 7 and one for grade 8. The current grade 7 texts are: “The Giver” (good… a keeper), “The Miracle Worker” (yawn… sorry but it’s true and I’m OLD) and “The Hobbit” (not even remotely possible for my grade 7 kids… or the grade 8 students for that matter).

In grade 8 we are reading Avi’s “Nothing But The Truth” (a mistake I shall not make twice), “The Chocolate War” and “Catcher in the Rye.”

The grade 6 teacher has her kids reading “The Outsiders”, “Star Girl”, “Holes”, “Freak the Mighty” and a couple of other novels I LOVE. So they are all off the list of potential grade 7/8 books.

I have been talking with our librarian and researching and reading… and I have listed some possibilities below… but I would love to hear YOUR picks.

Possibilities for grade 7:
“The Goose Girl” by Shannon Hale
“Walk Two Moons” by Sharon Creech

Possibilities for grade 8:
“Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold
“The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros

Of all the novels in the whole wide world… which one would YOU choose and why?

Thanks all!

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