7th Grade Revolution

Children - Adventure
239 Pages
Reviewed on 06/29/2018
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Author Biography

Liana Gardner is the two-time teen choice award-winning author. Daughter of a rocket scientist and an artist, Liana combines the traits of both into a quirky yet pragmatic writer and in everything sees the story lurking beneath the surface.

Liana volunteers with high school students through the International Trade Education Programs (ITEP). ITEP unites business people and educators to prepare students for a meaningful place in the world of tomorrow.

Working in partnership with industry and educators, ITEP helps young people “think globally and earn locally.”

    Book Review

Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

Liana Gardner's 7th Grade Revolution is inspired by true events. The 7th grade class receives news their revolution has succeeded, which puts them in charge. Events take a stranger turn following the students meeting for a policy vote. They discover the FBI has evacuated the school and overhear the plan the FBI has to find a treasure hidden somewhere in the school. The students must work together to defend their school from the FBI and to follow the clues left by the history buff - whose home was converted into their school - to find the hidden treasure.

Liana Gardner draws inspiration from real students who led a revolution in their school as part of a project. Gardner's 7th Grade Revolution brings this to life, beginning with the students succeeding, but the story quickly weaves in a thriller and adventure twist, tying in a mysterious connection to history. The illustrations found throughout are unique and lovely, adding to the mystery with the use of darker colors, shadows, and shading. The adventure takes place entirely inside the school, which works perfectly for the thrilling mystery they discover through a hidden staircase and a secret cavern. The school's connection to history ties into the Revolutionary War, thanks to the original owner being into history, so its history and secrets are linked to the history of the war. The students defend their school in ways reminiscent of Home Alone, which sees a similar gathering of items they have around them and making weapons to help defend their school. Treasure hunting is the largest focus throughout the plot as the students race against the FBI to find this hidden treasure, which is paired with a conspiracy angle highlighted in the actions of these suspicious men seeking the treasure for unknown reasons and, in doing so, evacuated the school.

The story also explores friendship and teamwork through these students, each from different situations and backgrounds, who bond over fighting for their school and following clues to treasure. The extreme circumstances allow them a chance to see each other in a new light, to trust each other, and to understand each other. The characters focused on are mainly Rhonda and Dennis, but several other characters are included throughout, each playing a key role in either the fight against the FBI or searching for the treasure as each uses their skills to uncover secrets. With stunning illustrations, 7th Grade Revolution is a treasure hunting adventure exploring themes of friendship, growing up, teamwork, and history.

Stacie Haas

Liana Gardner's 7th Grade Revolution opens in a seventh-grade classroom at Washington Academy Middle School where the students are met with a great declaration: a bloodless and successful revolution means they are now in charge of the school. Their assignment? Work together to form their own system of governing rules. Adding to the excitement, their progress is to be covered by the news media and followed through a popular social media site, QuackerMe (the equivalent of Twitter). Before long, their assignment takes on new meaning as the FBI arrives on the scene, intent on finding a hidden artifact inside the school and then closing it permanently. The students race against time to follow clues hidden by the school’s benefactor, a Revolutionary War devotee named Silas, who has hidden the artifact somewhere on the school campus, which was once his home. Will the students find it and save their school?

Liana Gardner's 7th Grade Revolution is a fun, fast-paced, epic adventure story! Akin to a great treasure hunt with ancient maps and clues just waiting to be revealed, 7th Grade Revolution unfolds against a ticking clock and the potential of danger around every corner (and a secret passageway, hidden room, and dark, bat-filled cavern). Liana Gardner’s novel is part mystery, part history, and everything contemporary as the students cleverly utilize social media and their own ingenuity to save their school, even as the FBI stands ready to breach the doors. Strong characterization makes 7th Grade Revolution truly memorable as the individual stories and traits of Dennis, Rhonda and all the students are woven effortlessly into the overall story. In addition, 7th Grade Revolution includes striking, fun illustrations by Luke Spooner at the beginning of every chapter. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it.

Lesley Jones

In 7th Grade Revolution by Liana Gardner, a story inspired by true events, when Dennis enters Washington Academy, he knows this is his last chance to conform or he will be sent to military school. He arrives just as the teachers announce that the 7th grade has won the opportunity to make their own laws. As they are deciding on the new rules, the FBI arrives and evacuates all the pupils from the school. The 7th grade discovers that the FBI’s real intentions are to find hidden treasure at the school. Dennis and Rhonda, a survival expert and school geek, lead their classmates on an important mission to find the treasure before the FBI does. This dangerous operation takes them through the underground tunnels of the school and, as the FBI closes in, time is not on their side. They have to solve the clues which uncover shocking details about a national treasure and the Revolutionary War which could change the whole country's history.

This story is full of action and suspense and gripped my attention from the first chapter. Each of the characters was well developed and created with a unique personality. I especially thought the concept of making two social outcasts the lead characters was a brilliant idea. Dennis’ streetwise nature coupled with Rhonda’s intelligence and sensitivity made for a great team. I also thought Spencer was a fantastic cheeky character and his dialogue was perfect for him. The whole cat and mouse element of the plot kept the story moving at a fast pace as the FBI was closing in on the 7th graders. I also loved the historical elements of the story and the tension as they tried to solve the clues. This is a great adventure story that will keep your attention until the very last page.