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!

“A fun, fast-paced, epic adventure! 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, but 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.”
~Stacie Haas, Readers' Favorite

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Silver Medal Winner: Middle Grades Fiction
Nautilus Book Awards

Gold Medal Winner: Pre-Teen Fiction
New York City Big Book Award

Finalist: Best Juvenile or Young Adult Fiction
Silver Falchion Award

Screencraft Cinematic Book Awards

Finalist: Best Book (Children’s)
Digital World Book Awards

Gold Medal Winner: Backlist Fiction
Feathered Quill Book Awards

Gold Medal Winner: Best Use Of Social Media In Book
Digital Book World Awards

2nd Place: Mystery
Purple Dragonfly Book Awards

Story Monsters Approved: Tween Novels (Ages 10-14)
Middle-Grade Books (Ages 8-12)

Finalist: Children's Fiction
International Book Awards

Gold Medal Winner: Pre-Teen Fiction — General
Moonbeam Children's Book Awards

Gold Medal Winner: Preteen (10-12) Fiction
American Fiction Awards

Honorable Mention: Middle Grade Fiction
Purple Dragonfly Book Awards

Finalist: Gertrude Warner Book Awards for Middle Grade Readers

Honorable Mention: Children's Fiction
Hollywood Book Festival

Blog Talk Radio Interview with Fran Lewis

Leaders of the 7th Grade Revolution


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“Full of action and suspense, each character is well developed and created with a unique personality. Dennis’ streetwise nature coupled with Rhonda’s intelligence and sensitivity makes for a great team … Spencer is a fantastic cheeky character … The whole cat and mouse element of the plot keeps the story moving at a fast pace as the FBI is closing in. This is a great adventure that will keep your attention until the very last page.”
~Lesley Jones, Readers' Favorite



"Reminiscent of a modern day Goonies." ~Goodreads

“Combine a detective mystery, blend in history from Colonial America, and include the usual 7th grade school angst and what do you have? 7th Grade Revolution, a genre-defying story that revolves around 7th graders who stage a successful school revolt that ejects adult guidance, only to stumble into a treasure hunt that pits them against the FBI. 7th Grade Revolution quickly becomes a compelling survey of not just a student revolt, but its unexpected aftermath. It's unusual to have an adventure mystery wound into actual history based on real-world events … A formidable story that proves hard to put down." ~Midwest Book Review (click for full review)

“I arrived home earlier today to find [7th Grade Revolution] on my porch and I have just come up for air, realizing I hadn't even eaten since I picked it up. 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? 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 am so very proud, as I said earlier, to have had any part in it.” ~Karen Rectanus, Exploris Middle School

“A fun ride that combines treasure hunting, quick thinking, Revolutionary-era U.S. history, and teamwork. This novel reads like a National Treasure and Spy Kids movie combined. It has twists and turns. One of the novel's huge strengths is the kids banding together.” ~School Library Journal

“A thrilling and engrossing ride through past and present based on real events in North Carolina. Readers of all ages will enjoy this novel. Trust me, you won't want to put it down.” ~NetGalley

“A stunning novel that is part historical fiction, part action-adventure mystery, and all-around fun. Featuring a cast of wacky, interesting kids, I was hooked from 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: Confessions of an 8th-Grade Basket Case

“Gardner draws inspiration from real students who led a revolution at their school as part of a project. 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. 7th Grade Revolution is a treasure hunting adventure exploring themes of friendship, growing up, teamwork, and history. ~Liz Konkel, Readers’ Favorite


“An exciting, smartly written book filled with adventure, intrigue, and history in a modern school setting. I can’t wait for my daughter to read this, and there’s no higher compliment than that.” ~Mercedes M. Yardley, Bram Stoker Awards® Winning Author of Little Dead Red

“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.” ~LA Splash Magazine

“I am publishing this review for my sons who both just read the book. They picked it up and could not put it down. Both would read at every opportunity and finished the book in three days. My oldest son (who just turned 11) told me upon completing it, '"'The book is so good I couldn't stop reading it. I forgot about my iPad.' From a young man who loves playing video games all the time, that is the best possible review.”
~Kevin, Sony Interactive Entertainment