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Book Pack: Level 7/8 Girl Interest Books


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Biography
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
Reading Level: 7.2, List Price: $5.95
Suggested number of days to read: 15 days
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An American classic rediscovered by each generation, this is Helen Keller's account of her triumph over deafness and blindness. Popularized by the stage play and movie The Miracle Worker, Keller's story has become a symbol of hope for people all over the world.

This book - published when Keller was only twenty-two - portrays the wild child who is locked in the dark and silent prison of her own body. With an extraordinary immediacy, Keller reveals her frustrations and rage, and takes the reader on the unforgettable journey of her education and breakthroughs into the world of communication. From the moment Keller recognizes the word "water" when her teacher finger-spells the letters, we share her triumph as "that living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free!" An unparalleled chronicle of courage, her story remains startlingly fresh and vital more than a century after its first publication, a timeless testament to an indomitable will.

Adventure
The Sword, the Ring, and the Parchment by Ed Dunlp
Reading Level: 6.8, List Price: $9.99
Suggested number of days to read: 10 days
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Travel back in time to the kingdom of Terrestria, a land where knights and their ladies live in castles and where dragons still roam (occasionally). Young Josiah lives in the kingdom of Terrestria, the realm of good King Emmanuel. Yet the land is at war. Evil, cruel Argamor wants the throne, and he has loyal followers placed strategically throughout the kingdom. Who will win the battle for Terrestria, and on which side will Josiah find himself? Alive with fast-paced action in a medieval setting, Book 1 of the Terrestria allegory series encourages the reader to live as a child of the King.

This allegory series was written with a three-fold purpose: to honor Jesus Christ as King, to challenge young readers to love and serve Him, and to teach them to guard their hearts for Him. The focus of the series is always on the King, and each book is written to be as true to Scripture as possible.



Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Reading Level: Not difficult, but content requires a more mature reader, List Price: $7.99
Suggested number of days to read: 5 days
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As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen's family takes in Annemarie's best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family. Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war. This book won the Newberry Medal.

Fantasy
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Reading Level: 7.8, List Price: $3.50
Suggested number of days to read: 5 days
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When Alice steps through the looking-glass, she enters a world of chess pieces and nursery rhyme characters who behave very strangely. Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the dotty White Knight and the sharp-tempered Red Queen - none of them are what they seem. In fact, through the looking-glass, everything is distorted.



The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Reading Level: 6.5, List Price: $6.99
Suggested number of days to read: 10 days
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The Borrowers-the Clock family: Homily, Pod, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Arrietty, to be precise-are tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an old English country manor. All their minuscule home furnishings, from postage stamp paintings to cork chairs, are "borrowed" from the "human beans" who tromp around loudly above them. All is well until Pod is spotted upstairs by a human boy! Can the Clocks stay nested safely in their beloved hidden home, or will they be forced to flee? The British author Mary Norton won the Carnegie Medal for The Borrowers in 1952, the year it was first published in England. This paperback edition still has the delightful original black-and-white illustrations by Beth and Joe Krush inside. A charmer! Awards: 1952 Carnegie Medal, a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award Book.

Historical Fiction
The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig
Reading Level: 6.4, List Price: $6.99
Suggested number of days to read: 15 days
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In June 1942, the Rudomin family is arrested by the Russians. They are "capitalists -- enemies of the people." Forced from their home and friends in Vilna, Poland, they are herded into crowded cattle cars. Their destination: the endless steppe of Siberia. For five years, Esther and her family live in exile, weeding potato fields and working in the mines, struggling for enough food and clothing to stay alive. Only the strength of family sustains them and gives them hope for the future.

Mystery
Ellanor's Exchange by Linda Hayner
Reading Level: 7.0, List Price: $10.00
Suggested number of days to read: 15 days
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Hopes are high as Ellanor Fitzhugh and her trusted neighbor, a seasoned socialite, set out for London to prepare Ellanor for her debut into society. But as they join the music and the gaiety of English court life, a dark shadow creeps across the red carpet of their plans. Ellanor becomes a pawn, naively thrust into an abyss of treachery, mystery, and political intrigue. Lady Wilthrop wonders if she'll make it out of London alive. And Ellanor wonders if Lord Wetherby's face will haunt her dreams forever.

Folk Tales
A Basket of Flowers by Christoph Von Schmid
Reading Level: 7.3, List Price: $7.95
Suggested number of days to read: 10 days
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Mary grows up sheltered and secure in a beautiful cottage with a loving father. She learns lessons about humility, purity and forgiveness under her father's watchful gaze. However, it doesn't last. Even though she loves God and obeys him this does not protect her ultimately from the envy and hatred of others. Mary is given a generous gift of a new dress from her friend Amelia, the daughter of the local landowner. This incites envy from Juliette, Amelia's maid who had wanted the dress for herself.

When Amelia's mother's ring goes missing Juliette decides to pass the blame onto Mary. Both Mary and her father are imprisoned for the crime and eventually exiled from their home. Mary learns to trust in God completely as difficulty follows after difficulty. Even when she doubts if she will ever clear her name she turns back to God who is a constant source of comfort to her. Who did steal the ring in the end? That is the final unexpected twist in the tale, which makes this book a really good read.



Knights, Maidens, and Dragons: Six Medieval Tales of Virtue and Valor by Julia Duin
Reading Level: 7.0, List Price: $15.99
Suggested number of days to read: 5 days
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In the days of chivalry, pure and faithful hearts were rewarded -- and they still are. These six enchanting stories set around the world will capture your heart with their wonder and wisdom. First created at the turn of the 20th century, these Victorian-era tales retold from the Little Colonel books have been rewritten for today's reader, retaining all the beauty of the originals. Purity before marriage, patience in adversity, faithfulness in small things, and sacrificial love and courage in despair are some of the virtues displayed in these new spiritual classics. This book is illustrated with more than a dozen full-color gorgeous artworks created by famous illustrator Diana Magnuson.

Non Fiction
Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret
Reading Level: 6.2, List Price: $8.99
Suggested number of days to read: 10 days
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Although young readers today might only associate the word "polio" with a vaccination, this well-written account gives them a hard look at the devastating physical and emotional effects of the disease. In l949, there were 42,000 cases reported in the U.S.; the author was the only one stricken in her hometown that year. She writes in an approachable, familiar way, and readers will be hooked from the first page on. The author details her diagnosis, treatment, frustration, and pain. Perhaps the most startling part of the book is her description of the sudden onset of the illness, coming with no warning and leaving her paralyzed. Although this is an excellent record of the progress of the disease, it is also a fascinating account of how an ordinary girl had to live for part of her adolescence in an artificial, restricted environment. In the epilogue, Kehret describes her current battle with post-polio syndrome, and brings readers up to date on the lives of her fellow patients and friends at the Sheltering Arms Hospital. An honest and well-done book. (Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY)



Girls Think of Everything by Catherine Thimmesh
Reading Level: 7.4, List Price: $17.99 Suggested number of days to read: 5 days [Add to Cart]

In kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. Their creations are some of the most enduring (the windshield wiper) and best loved (the chocolate chip cookie). What inspired these women, and just how did they turn their ideas into realities? This updated edition of the 2000 collective biography showcases greater diversity in its representation of women inventors. Each chapter focuses on challenging problems that spark creative solutions that have changed, or promise to change, the world. Most of the subjects from the original are retained, now balanced with women of color and women from outside the United States. New profiles include Alissa Chavez, a Latina teen who invented the Hot Seat to prevent infant deaths in hot cars; Azza Abdelhamid Faiad, an Egyptian teen who devised a method of turning recycled plastic into fuel; and Kiara Nirghin, a South African teen who came up with a way to fight drought using the absorbency of orange peels. Thimmesh profiles young inventors who are trying to solve contemporary problems,with creations that rely on modern technology. Many of them raise capital for their projects via crowdfunding, which will likely inspire readers. Expanded resources for aspiring scientists and a time line that emphasizes more recent inventions are welcome changes. Tweaks to the original artwork and additions in the same collage style are fun and creative.

Humor
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Reading Level: 8.3, List Price: $4.50
Suggested number of days to read: 15 days
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When two unmarried aunts kindly agree to take in their poor relation, they find that young Rebecca Randall is more than they bargained for. The opinionated youngster is definitely a handful. Rebecca's lively and enthusiastic nature eventually win over all doubters, but not before she nearly turns the town of Riverboro topsy-turvy.

Realistic Fiction
Blue Willow by Doris Gates
Reading Level: 6.5, List Price: $6.99
Suggested number of days to read: 10 days
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To Janey Larkin, the blue willow plate was the most beautiful thing in her life, a symbol of a home she could only dimly remember. Now that her father was an itinerant worker, Janey didn't have a home she could call her own or any real friends, as her family had to keep moving, following the crops from farm to farm. Janey wants most of all to have a real home and to go to a regular school, and she hopes that the valley her family has come to, which so resembles the pattern on her treasured blue willow plate, will be their permanent home.



Star of Light by Patricia St. John
Reading Level: Not difficult, but content requires a mature reader, List Price: $7.99
Suggested number of days to read: 5 days
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Hamid rubbed the light from his eyes and looked again. He was not dreaming. It was his stepfather! The man watched Kinza as a snake might watch a baby rabbit at play, waiting for the moment to strike. And for one breathless moment Hamid was sure that he would reach out and snatch her away. Hamid does not want his little blind sister, Kinza, to be sold to a beggar, by their stepfather, so he decides to rescue her. Together they escape from their mountain village to a town where there may be a new home for Kinza. But this is only the start of their adventures. Will Kinza be safe? What will happen to Hamid who dares not go back home? Set in North Africa, readers will be delighted by yet another of Patricia St. John's exciting, freshly edited, novels.