Category Archives: Year: 1970s

Watership Down

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Richard Adams

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 476

Age Range: 10 and up

Year: 1972

Genre:Adventure, Fable, Fantasy

Watership Down is a story about a group of rabbits who are forced to flee their home, which is being destroyed by a land developer. It’s not only a good adventure and a great story, but is also full of interesting and deeper allegories about life and humanity, and is a great book for all ages.

Everyone will like this book – it is a classic.

Mr. Coleman


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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: Richard Adams, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Fable, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 400-500, Year: 1970s

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams

Quick Stats:

Age Range: 14 and uph

Page Count: 224

Year: 1979

Genre: Humor, Scifi

This funny spoof on sci-fi novels is one of the most classic humorous books ever written. Arthur Dent is a very normal man living in England, until one day his house is slated for demolition in order to build a highway bypass. Will Earth suffer a similar fate? Arthur travels throughout the whole galaxy on a quest to discover the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

Anyone with a good sense of humor will like this book, although it is probably better suited towards 8th graders and older. Definitely not intended for children, but accessible and enjoyable to teens nonetheless.

Mr. Coleman



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Filed under Age Range: 14 and up, Author: Douglas Adams, Genre: Humor, Genre: SciFi, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 1970s



E. L. Konigsburg

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Page Count: 152

Age Range: 8 and up

Year: 1970

Genre: Mystery

Benjamin Carr is an intelligent 6th grader who is more than what he at first seems. George, his internal self, has always been there for Ben, as both company and reason. However, when Ben and George have a dispute about what’s going on in the science lab, George becomes silent and seems to disappear. By the time Ben figures it out for himself, will George still be there for him?

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a little mystery and can understand the internal struggle between listening to and accepting your whole self and wanting to fit in.

Ms. A


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Filed under Age Range: 8 and up, Author: E. L. Konisgburg, Genre: Mystery, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 1970s



Nicholasa Mohr

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Page Count: 112Unknown-2

Age Range: 9 and up

Year: 1979

Genre: Realistic

Young Felita is moving out of her old neighborhood into a new one to get a better education and better housing. After a few run ins with the new neighbors her family decides to move back. Felita encounters trust struggles between her padres, amigos, and her beloved Abuelita and finds peace by confronting her issues.

This is book is very short and has few illustrations for the reader. There are not many characters and is easy to keep up with the dialogue. A great book for those who love(d) their Abuelita.

Ms. Brittany

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Stefan Petrucha

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 432
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 2013
Genre: Adventure, Historical, Mystery, Thriller

A killer is loose in New York City, and 14-year-old orphan Carver Young is on the case. Young is taken in by a group of private detectives as their apprentice. With their help, he investigates the murders, but will he be able to stop infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper in time?

Anyone who enjoys mysteries and thrillers will love this book because it is action packed and suspenseful. The chapters flow quickly, and it is an easy read.

-Ms. Kost

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Stefan Petrucha, Genre: Adventure, Genre: Historical, Genre: Mystery, Genre: Thriller, Page Count: 400-500, Year: 1970s, Year: 2010s


Robison Wells

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Page Count: 320
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 2013
Genre: Realistic, SciFi, Thriller

Book 2 of 2

Benson Fisher escaped from Maxfield Academy’s deadly rules and brutal gangs. He thought that the worst was over. But now Benson is trapped in a different kind of prison—a town filled with familiar faces. Classmates from Maxfield who Benson had seen die. Friends he was afraid he had killed.

They are all pawns in the school’s twisted experiment, held captive and controlled by an unseen force. And while Benson struggles to figure out who, if anyone, can be trusted, he discovers that Maxfield Academy’s plans are darker than anything he imagined—and they may be impossible to stop.

Students who like sci-fi and dystopian novels will enjoy Feedback (definitely read Variant first!). It’s definitely action-packed, and will keep you guessing– with a little romance thrown in too.

-Ms. Ashley

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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Roald Dahl

Do you trust Willy Wonka?

Do you trust Willy Wonka?

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 159
Age Range: 10 and up
Year: 1972
Genre: Fantasy

Series: Sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

After Charlie is awarded Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory (the end of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), he and Grandpa Joe are taken by Wonka to Charlie’s house in a flying glass elevator to tell the rest of his family the good news. After a mishap on the return trip to the factory however, the elevator is shot into space and docks at a U.S. space station where the Wonka and the Buckets encounter a species of aliens known as Vermicious Knids which try to feed on humans. After flying the human astronauts back safely from the station to Earth, Wonka and the Buckets return to the Chocolate Factory and give some of Wonka’s special pills to the grandparents to make them younger (and thus able to help work at the factory). But another mishap sends Grandma Josephine into a world called Minus-land after overdosing on the age-subtracting pills. The Buckets fix Grandma Josephine’s problem and come to find out that they must fly the elevator to the White House for a surprise meeting with the President of the United States.

Middle schoolers with big imaginations would love this book, especially fans of Roald Dahl’s other books. There are plenty of colorful characters, fantastical adventures, and Dahl’s wonderfully inventive vocabulary which will keep an excited reader on the edge of their seat.

-Mr. Dave

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: Roald Dahl, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 100-200, Part of a Series, Year: 1970s