Grade 8 Summer Reading List
Purpose: The summer reading program supports our conviction that a student’s vocabulary and power of expression improve with reading. The English department is providing this book list, which is continually reviewed and updated to provide appropriate reading and to stimulate interest in reading for all students.
Reading and Writing Requirement: Choose ONE book to read from the Summer Reading List and complete the Summer Reading Graphic Organizer. In September you will participate in a Socratic seminar and writing assignment related to this book. These assignments and your graphic organizer will be part of your first quarter grade. Please bring the graphic organizer (and a copy of the book, if possible) to class on the day that you will complete the summer reading assessments.
Extra Credit – For extra credit, read a second book from this list and complete a second Summer Reading Graphic Organizer. You will be asked to participate in two Socratic seminars
by Steve Sheinken Year Published: nonfiction
An astonishing underdog sports story—and more. It’s an unflinching look at the U.S. government’s violent persecution of Native Americans and the school that was designed to erase Indian cultures. Expertly told by three-time National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin, it’s the story of a group of young men who came together at that school, the overwhelming obstacles they faced both on and off the field, and their absolute refusal to accept defeat.
by Renee Watson Year Published: realistic fiction
2018 Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner
A powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it's trying to break her. Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. And Jade has: every day she rides the bus away from her friends and to the private school where she feels like an outsider, but where she has plenty of opportunities. She's tired of being singled out as someone who needs help, someone people want to fix. Jade wants to speak, to create, to express her joys and sorrows, her pain and her hope. Maybe there are some things she could show other women about understanding the world and finding ways to be real, to make a difference.
by Jason Reynolds Year Published: realistic fiction
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book.
Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can’t handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl who’s dealt with a lot more—and who just might be able to clue him in on how to rise up when life keeps knocking him down—in this “vivid, satisfying, and ultimately upbeat tale of grief, redemption, and grace” (Kirkus Reviews)
by Nathaniel Philbrick Year Published: nonfiction
After a dangerous journey across the Atlantic, the Mayflower's passengers were saved from certain destruction with the help of the Natives of the Plymouth region. For fifty years a fragile peace was maintained as Pilgrims and Native Americans learned to work together. But when that trust was broken by the next generation of leaders, a conflict erupted that nearly wiped out Pilgrims and Natives alike.
by E. Lockhart Year Published: realistic fiction/mystery
Clever, alluring, and wildly addictive. Each summer the wealthy, seemingly perfect, members of the Sinclair family gather on their private island. We Were Liars is the story of those annual reunions; in particular what happened during a summer that protagonist Cadence is unable to remember. Lazy days of sticky lemonades on the roof and marathon Scrabble games give way to twisty suspense, true love, and good intentions gone horribly wrong. We Were Liars is a story that begs to be read in one sitting.