8th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 8th Graders from the Weber County Library

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After Eli
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rupp, Rebecca
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.

As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth
Artist/Author/Cast:
Perkins, Lynne Rae
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.

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales
Artist/Author/Cast:
Van Allsburg, Chris (Author, Illustrator); Feiffer, Jules; King, Stephen; Lowry, Lois; Maguire, Gregory; Myers, Walter Dean; Park, Linda Sue; Snicket, Lemony (Introduction by)
Call Number:
YP 817.54 C5575 2011
Description:

An inspired collection of short stories by an all-star cast of best-selling storytellers based on the thought-provoking illustrations in Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.

A Corner of White
Artist/Author/Cast:
Moriarty, Jaclyn
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.

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.

The Face on the Milk Carton
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cooney, Caroline B.
Call Number:
YP F Cooney
Description:

A young girl is shocked to discover the face on a milk carton is her face when she was young. Are her parents her real parents, or was she kidnapped as a young child?

Far Far Away
Artist/Author/Cast:
McNeal, Tom
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.

Forensic Identification: Putting a Name and Face on Death
Artist/Author/Cast:
Murray, Elizabeth A
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.

Heaven is Paved With Oreos
Artist/Author/Cast:
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert
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.

The Hero and the Crown
Artist/Author/Cast:
McKinley, Robin
Call Number:
YP F McKinley
Description:

Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.

The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sandler, Martin W.
Call Number:
YP 979.803 S2175i 2012
Description:

In 1897, winter came early, bringing storms and ice packs that caught eight American whale ships and three hundred sailors off guard. Here is the incredible story of three men sent by President McKinley to rescue them.

The Kite Rider
Artist/Author/Cast:
McCaughrean, Geraldine
Call Number:
YP F McCaughrean
Description:

In the colorful, dangerous world of 13th-century China, 12-year-old Haoyou escapes from his family's poverty by becoming a kite rider.

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.

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.

The Longitude Prize
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dash, Joan; Petricic, Dusan (Illustrator)
Call Number:
YP 681.11 D2294L
Description:

John Harrison, a British clockmaker, spends 40 years in the 18th century working on a machine that could be used to accurately determine longitude, the east-west location, at sea.

The Loud Silence of Francine Green
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cushman, Karen
Call Number:
YP F Cushman
Description:

In 1949, thirteen-year-old Francine goes to Catholic school in Los Angeles where she becomes best friends with a girl who questions authority and is frequently punished by the nuns, causing Francine to question her own values.

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