• “Choose Your Own Reading Adventure!”

    All incoming 8th grade students are to select one title from the books listed below to read

    for Summer Reading and complete a reflection sheet (Fiction OR Non-fiction).

     

    8th grade Summer Reading List

     

     

    Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'dell

    The story of a 12-year old girl who lives alone on a Pacific island after she leaps from a rescue ship.

    Isolated on the island for eighteen years, Karana forages for food, builds weapons to fight predators,

    clothes herself in a cormorant feathered skirt, and finds strength and peace in her seclusion.

    - From Follett

     

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

    Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic

    fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret

    information about his mother. - From Follett

     

    The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

    A young girl living in a Hispanic neighborhood in Chicago ponders the advantages and disadvantages of

    her environment and evaluates her relationships with family and friends. - From Follett

     

    Legend by Marie Lu

    In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous

    criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

    - From Follett

     

    So B. It by Sarah Weeks

    After spending her life with her mentally disabled mother and agoraphobic neighbor, twelve-year-old Heidi sets

    out from Reno, Nevada, to New York to find out who she is. - From Follett

     

    Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

    Stuck near the bottom of the social ladder at "pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren't paid

    to be here," Maya has never been popular. But before starting eighth grade, she decides to begin a unique

    social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty

    Cornell. - From the publisher

     

    The Contender by Robert Lipsyte

    After a successful start in a boxing career, a Harlem high school dropout decides that competing in the ring isn't

    enough of life and resolves to aim for different goals. - From Follett

     

    Eyes Wide Open by Paul Fleischman

    Fleischman issues a wake-up call -- and a challenge -- to today's teens about the environmental crisis. He

    begins with a call to arms to see through "the everyday world's two biggest illusions: 'it's always been this way'

    and 'everything's fine,'" urging teens to critically examine the information fed to them through advertising,

    politics, and "the whole culture we're part of." - Horn Book Magazine