#83 No Boys by McClure Jones, a YA Wildfire romance, where they were (gasp) allowed to kiss, but were caught by an uncle who cut the boy, who was behaving honorably, to the quick... but all's well that ends well. Wouldn't your teen take to a pair of crotchety old uncles who wanted to instruct their young party guests on the in's and out's of gormet cooking?
#84 The Cherokee Trail by Louis L'Amour, a role shattering western where a (gasp) WOMAN takes on the job of stagecoack station management, and sacks a crooked politician, shoots the bad guy herself, tracks down her stolen horses with the aid of a "sagebrush orphan" who had escaped from outlaws, saves the day when the outlaws set the lawmen up and are going to get away with stealing the gold... At the end of the story, she's going to get her pick of two (count them) two eligible bachelors to replace her husband who is shot by the would be governor of Colorado when it becomes a state. A fun read.
#85 Out of the Storm by Grace Livingston Hill, a religious writer of romance with a pretty good build-up and over 50 books to her credit. This permabound had a modern romantic cover, but when I started reading it, I found it terribly old fashioned in plot and language. The girl freaks out when a man gets close to kissing her, so much so that she acts as if it were an attempted rape. Looking at the copyright history, I found it was written in the 1920's and reprinted in the 1990's...
I don't know if any of the seventh graders will stick with it, or not.
#86 Fox Farm by Eileen Dunlop. It seems that I wrote a review of this one, but maybe I just remember writing the AR quiz for it... A young boy whose mother is dead is abandoned by his father when the new wife says, "Either he goes, or I go." The family that gets him wants to adopt him, but he is unwilling, until the father shoots a vixen who is raiding the chicken coop. The next day, he finds a fox kit, which he adopts and hides, with the help of the family's son. After undergoing tremendous hardships and giving it their all, financially and emotionally, flood waters threaten the hiding place, so the pup is brought to the house. The music must be faced. It is well done, and wholesome, as a YA book should be. The plot is only predictable in major outlines; the details surprise.