Book Review, Tour & Giveaway ~ 7th Grade Revolution



Inspired by True Events

Dennis Alexander: Washington Academy Middle School promises to be another in the long line of boring schools he has been expelled from.

Rhonda Snodgrass: Although trained from childhood in survival tactics, she tries to stay off the radar of the “cool” kids who think she’s weird. 

7th grade turns out to be anything but normal when teachers announce the students’ bloodless revolution succeeded and they are now in charge. After conducting a secret-ballot vote on policy, the 7th graders emerge to find the school evacuated and the FBI lurking outside with the task of unearthing a treasure of national importance. 

The students’ mission is clear—discover the treasure before the FBI locks down the building. Dennis and Rhonda lead the revolt and must work together to follow century-old clues left by a crazy Revolutionary War buff. 

To stay one step ahead of the FBI, they must delve into history and amass an arsenal to defend their school … because this is WAR

2018 American Fiction Awards Winner for Pre-Teen Fiction (Ages 10-12)
2018 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Finalist for Best Juvenile Fiction
2018 International Book Awards Finalist for Children’s Fiction
2018 Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention for Children’s Fiction


“7th Grade Revolution is a thrilling and engrossing ride through past and present based on real events in North Carolina. Though technically a middle grade book, I feel readers of all ages will enjoy this novel. Trust me, you won’t want to put it down.” ―Tracy Riva, Midwest Book Review

“… a stunning new Middle Grade novel that is part historical fiction, part action adventure mystery, and all around fun. Featuring a cast of wacky, interesting kids I was hooked on page one and enjoyed every twist and turn of the creative plot. Gardner is a writer to watch.” ―Dan Elish, Award-Winning Author of BORN TOO SHORT: The Confessions of an Eighth-Grade Basket Case

“… an exciting, smartly written book filled with adventure, intrigue, and history in a modern school setting. Luke Spooner’s accompanying art is simply spot on. I can’t wait for my daughter to read this, and there’s no higher compliment than that.” ―Mercedes M. Yardley,Bram Stoker Award-Winning Author of Little Dead Red

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 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. ―Karen Rectanus, Exploris Middle School    


Liana Gardner

Liana Gardner is the award-winning author of 7th Grade Revolution and the Misfit McCabeseries. 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. Engaged in a battle against leukemia and lymphoma, Liana spends much of her time at home, but allows her imagination to take her wherever she wants to go.

She fostered her love of writing after reading Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and discovering she had a great deal in common with the character Jo. The making up of stories, dramatic feelings, and a quick temper were enough for her to know she and Jo would have been kindred spirits.

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.”  

TWITTER: @lkgg

My Review

I had been eyeing 7th Grade Revolution All year due to having twin 7th graders at this moment who are both book worms; yes, I am quite proud of them! So, when given the opportunity to be a part of this book tour AND receive a copy to review, I squealed with delight!

Even as I am typing this, my kids are reading the e-book copy. The book took me roughly three hours to read and kept me intrigued throughout. 

The storyline is inspired from an article the author found in her Twitter feed about the Exploris Middle School in North Carolina during 2011 who brought in all the 7th Grader’s during a module on the American Revolution. The Staff then told the student had been dissatisfied with how the school was being ran, so after a “bloodless” revolution they were tasked with forming their own government, determine policies, and to run the school. 

A copy of the actual live Twitter feed is at the very end of the book; very interesting. Plus, the book is dedicated to the teachers of the 7th graders of Exploris Middle School, NC.

With the “What if” concept starting to brew in author Liana Gardner’s mind, off we go into 7th Grade Revolution full of fun twists, turns, and plots! The addition of illustrations at each chapter point was a nice touch and rounded out the children’s characters.

Each of the main characters interweaves into how they stood at the beginning of the revolt and the most enjoyable aspect was reading as they grew into the character needed by the end. 

Rhonda was by far my favorite and bravo’d internally as she grew into the leader her father knew she could be.

Following them into darkness and clues, I was kept guessing along with the 7th graders as they stood their ground then charged ahead following Silas Tucker’s scrawling handwriting on maps and his will. 

Who was Silas? Well, he bequeathed Washington Academy Middle School to be used as a higher learning facility for children. Many thought he was insane during his time due to his lifestyle and ideas which were brought to the forefront as the 7th graders chose to defend their school against the FBI.

What did the FBI want that could shake this nation’s very foundation to its roots? Well, I personally, was surprised by these twists!

I truly enjoyed the read and while this does state “7th grade” and my twins ARE 7th graders who read above their grade level (10th grade level) certain parts were a bit above their heads due to all the historical points linked throughout. 

They are enjoying the read though and have Googled plus learned a few key points in history while reading.



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  1. This book sounds so interesting. It’s not the type of thing I normally read, but I am going to add it to my list. How fun that it came as inspiration from a Twitter feed, I guess it shows you never know where or when inspiration will strike!

  2. The storyline of this award-winning YA book caught my attention too. I’m happy for Liana to have written such an engaging book that pulls in historical facts with fiction added for good measure. I enjoyed your review too.

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