8th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 8th Graders from the Weber County Library

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Call Number:
YP F Moriarty
Description:

Fourteen-year-old Madeleine of Cambridge, England, struggling to cope with poverty and her mother's illness, and fifteen-year-old Elliot of the Kingdom of Cello in a parallel world where colors are villainous and his father is missing, begin exchanging notes through a crack between their worlds and find they can be of great help to each other.

A Long Walk to Water
Artist/Author/Cast:
Park, Linda Sue
Call Number:
YP F Park
Description:

When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on a true story.

A Wizard of Earthsea
Artist/Author/Cast:
Le Guin, Ursula K.; Robbins, Ruth (Illustrator)
Call Number:
YP F Le Guin
Description:

Young magician Gont inadvertently lets loose an evil force that he must confront later in life when he’s mastered the magical arts.

Call Number:
YP F Rupp
Description:

After the death of his older brother, Daniel Anderson became engrossed in recording details about dead people, how they died, and whether their deaths mattered, but he is eventually drawn back into interaction with the living.

Call Number:
YP F Perkins
Description:

A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.

Can I See Your I. D.?: True Stories of False Identities
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hoppe, Paul (Illustrator); Barton, Chris
Call Number:
YP 001.95 B29322c 2011
Description:

True crime, desperation, fraud, and adventure: these ten vignettes offer riveting insight into mind-blowing masquerades.

Chains: Seeds of America
Artist/Author/Cast:
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Call Number:
YP F Anderson
Description:

Isabel, slave to cruel owners who sympathize with the British, begins to spy for the rebels.

Dragonfly
Artist/Author/Cast:
Golding, Julia
Call Number:
YP F Golding
Description:

The marriage alliance between two radically different kingdoms seems endangered when the two teens actually meet.

Call Number:
YP F McNeal
Description:

When Jeremy Johnson Johnson's strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown.

Call Number:
YP 363.25 M9815f 2013
Description:

Through a wide range of fascinating scientific methods—including DNA testing, facial reconstruction, dental records, blood analysis, fingerprinting, and x-rays--forensic specialists work to piece together the stories that will give names back to the unknown dead and missing.

Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth
Artist/Author/Cast:
Giblin, James Cross
Call Number:
YP 792.028 G4464g 2005
Description:

Most people know the name John Wilkes Booth, but few likely have heard of his elder brother Edwin. Find out about the brothers through first-hand accounts. Learn how alike and how different they were, and how each made a lasting impression on American history.

Happy Kid!
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gauthier, Gail
Call Number:
YP F Gauthier
Description:

After his mother bribes him into reading a self-help book on how to form satisfying relationships and enjoy a happy life, cynical eighth-grader Kyle finds there may be more to the book than he realized.

Call Number:
YP F Murdock
Description:

Fourteen-year-old Sarah keeps a journal of her pilgrimage to Rome with her eccentric grandmother, Z, her evolving relationship with best friend Curtis, and daily conversations with Curtis's sister and star athlete, D.J.

Leviathan
Artist/Author/Cast:
Westerfeld, Scott; Thompson, Keith (Illustrator)
Call Number:
F Westerfeld
Description:

Prince Alek finds allies as he flees from the Clanker Powers and their mechanical weapons in this steampunk adventure.

Lucy Long Ago: Uncovering the Mystery of Where We Came From
Artist/Author/Cast:
Thimmesh, Catherine
Call Number:
YP 569.93 T4433L 2009
Description:

This story of scientific sleuthing invites readers to wonder what our ancestors were like and recounts the discovery of the remains of Lucy, the world's most famous hominid.

Call Number:
YP 629.454 D3572m 2011
Description:

Explores and analyzes the historical context and significance of Neil Armstrong's iconic photograph of Buzz Aldrin.

More Than a Label: Why What You Wear and Who You're With Doesn't Define Who You Are
Artist/Author/Cast:
Muharrar, Aisha
Call Number:
305.235 M9524m
Description:

Drawn from a survey of more than one thousand teenagers, first-person stories help to address the problems inherent in labeling people.

Call Number:
YP F Collier
Description:

Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.

On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fleming, Candace
Call Number:
YP F Fleming
Description:

Set in White Cemetery, an actual graveyard outside Chicago, each story takes place during a different time period from the 1860's to the present, and ends with the narrator's death.

Peak
Artist/Author/Cast:
Smith, Roland
Call Number:
YP F Smith
Description:

Peak's famous dad wants him to be the youngest person ever to climb Mount Everest.

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