On Halloween, the entire seventh grade of Washington Academy Middle School is brought together for an assembly and told there has been a successful revolution. The students will now make all the decisions for the seventh grade and the only requirement is they must stay within state and federal law. Outside those parameters, everything else is fair game. Immediately, leaders emerge, groups are formed and the students try to determine how best to manage their newfound power. A revolution is not the only exciting event to take place this Halloween; the students also discover a hidden cavern beneath their school where the loyalties of our Founding Fathers are questioned and the history books might not be giving us the whole story.
Inspired by true events, "7th Grade Revolution" is a great read for middle school aged students as they will be engrossed by the storyline as well as identify with the characters. The story dances with the idea of a dystopian school by usurping the hierarchical nature of schooling with adults as authority figures and replaces that dynamic with a scenario of students leading themselves. It also takes a turn into historical fiction when the students discover a never before seen letter regarding George Washington and gain insight into the Revolutionary War. Liana Gardner provides a seamless blend of historical fiction, suspense and adventure. The novel takes place in Asheville, N.C., and deals with a multitude of themes, such as moving to a new school, stereotypes, teamwork and friendship. If you have read and loved the book "The Wave" by Todd Strasser, you will also love "7th Grade Revolution," as it also gives you a new way of looking at a topic we all believe to know very well.
BookTrib.com is the lifestyle destination for book lovers, where articles and books are paired together to create dynamic content that goes beyond traditional book reviews.