8th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 8th Graders from the Weber County Library

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.

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