Grade 8 Suggested Reading

Bloor, Edward Tangerine

Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

Brady, James Flags of Our Fathers

James Brady examines the lives of the six young men (one of them Brady’s father) who raised the American flag over Iwo Jima in February 1945 and were immortalized by a famous photograph.

Funke, Cornelia Inkheart

Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father Mo, a bookbinder, can “read” fictional characters to life when an evil ruler named Capricorn, freed from the novel Inkheart years earlier, tries to force Mo to release an immortal monster from the story.

Hesse, Karen Out of the Dust

In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family’s wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.

Holt,Kimberly Willis When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year-old Toby and his best friend Cal meet the star of a sideshow act, 600-pound Zachary, the fattest boy in the world.

Lawrence, Ian The Wreckers

Shipwrecked after a vicious storm, fourteen-year-old John Spencer attempts to save his father and himself while also dealing with an evil secret about the English coastal town where they are stranded

Meyer, Stephenie Twilight

Seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, where she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.

Oppel, Kenneth Airborn

Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth’s surface.

Shusterman, Neal The Schwa Was Here

A Brooklyn eighth-grader nicknamed Antsy befriends the Schwa, an “invisible-ish” boy who is tired of blending into his surroundings and going unnoticed by nearly everyone.

Sonnenblick, Jordan Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie

When his younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia, thirteen-year-old Steven tries to deal with his complicated emotions, school life, and his desire to support his family.

Taylor, Theodore The Cay

Philip, an adolescent white boy who is blinded in a torpedo attack at sea during World War II, acquires a new type of vision, courage and love when he is stranded on a tiny Caribbean island with Timothy, a kind, elderly black man.

Westerfeld, Scott Uglies

Tally is faced with a difficult choice when her new friend Shay decides to risk life on the outside rather than submit to the forced operation that turns sixteen year old girls into gorgeous beauties, and realizes that there is a whole new side to the pretty world that she doesn’t like.