Silver Medal Winner: Middle Grade Fiction
2018 Nautilus Book Awards
Gold Medal Winner: Pre-Teen Fiction
2019 NYC Big Book Awards
Finalist: Best Juvenile Fiction
2018 Silver Falchion Award
Gold Medal Winner: Pre-Teen Fiction — General
2019 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards
Gold Medal Winner: Best Use Of Social Media In Book
2018 Digital Book World Awards
Finalist: Best Book (Children's)
2018 Digital Book World Awards
Semi-Finalist: 2019 Gertrude Warner Book Awards for Middle Grade Readers (winners TBA 4/2020)
Gold Medal Winner: Preteen (10-12) Fiction
2018 American Fiction Awards
Finalist: Children's Fiction
2018 International Book Awards
Praise for 7th Grade Revolution
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 students defend their school in ways reminiscent of Home Alone … as the students race against the FBI to find this hidden treasure.
With stunning illustrations, 7th Grade Revolution is a treasure hunting adventure exploring themes of friendship, growing up, teamwork, and 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. Dennis’ streetwise nature coupled with Rhonda’s intelligence and sensitivity made for a great team … Spencer was a fantastic cheeky character … 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.
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). … 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.
Emmy presenters awarding best writing stated that writers have an obligation to bring their readers along on the emotional journey that the characters experience. Liana Gardner has done just that in 7th Grade Revolution. Published by Vesuvian Books the story is based on true events. It’s a mystery with historical aspects. Geared for nine to 12 year olds, it is nevertheless a story that many – even adults – can enjoy.
Published in Splash Magazine
Amazing plot! A school with a revolution getting under way! I loved the way the author came up with using 7th graders for this story!!
So, I arrived home earlier today to find your book on my front porch and I have just come up for air, realizing that I haven't even eaten since I picked it up. (It's 11:00) I don't even know where to begin. Should I start with the dedication that brought me to tears? The first time I saw my name as the teacher and I gasped? (I really had forgotten that you had said you would use my name!) The fact that the beginning of the book is so very reminiscent of the real thing? The illustration toward the end when I saw myself? All of those things were beyond my expectations, but I what I really want to say is that the book held me captive from beginning to end. You captured the middle school mind perfectly, showing their insecurities as well as the amazing strength that is just below the surface. Bravo! It is a wonderful book and I can see it being used during a study of government as a class read. The illustrator is also superb. I could go on and on. (I also am really amazed at how you captured me as a teacher ... how did you do that?) So thank you, thank you, thank you! I loved every part of this book and I am so very proud, as I said earlier, to have had any part in it.
This was a wonderful story. I reconnected with my childhood. It was very difficult to put down. If you like stories with adventure and mystery, you will absolutely love this.
7th Grade Revolution is a fantastic middle-grade book. This book has memorable characters, both main and secondary, as well as a plot that will keep you on your toes. I plan on getting this book for my almost 10-year-old.