8th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 8th Graders from the Weber County Library

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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.

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.

Man on the Moon: How a Photograph Made Anything Seem Possible
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dell, Pamela
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.

My Brother Sam is Dead
Artist/Author/Cast:
Collier, James Lincoln; Collier, Christopher
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.

Race: A History Beyond Black and White
Artist/Author/Cast:
Aronson, Marc
Call Number:
YP 305.8009 A7695r 2007
Description:

Race. You know it at a glance: he's black; she's white. They're Asian; we're Latino. Racism. I'm better; she's worse. Those people do those kinds of things. We all know it's wrong to make these judgments, but they come faster than thought. Why? Where did those feelings come from? Why are they so powerful?

Red Moon at Sharpsburg
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wells, Rosemary
Call Number:
YP F Wells
Description:

As the Civil War breaks out, India, a young Southern girl, summons her sharp intelligence and the courage she didn't know she had to survive the war that threatens to destroy her family, her Virginia home, and the only life she has ever known.

Artist/Author/Cast:
Maberry, Jonathan
Call Number:
YP F Maberry
Description:

In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies, Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

Ruined
Artist/Author/Cast:
Morris, Paula
Call Number:
YP F Morris
Description:

Rebecca goes to New Orleans to stay with her aunt and meets a ghost girl named Lisette.

Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics
Artist/Author/Cast:
Feinstein, John
Call Number:
YP F Feinstein
Description:

Two teenaged aspiring journalists who are dating solve a mystery at the 2012 Olympic Games, while one simultaneously competes for a gold medal in swimming.

The Schwa Was Here
Artist/Author/Cast:
Shusterman, Neal
Call Number:
YP F Shusterman
Description:

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.

Sports Shorts: An Anthology of Short Stories
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bruchac, Joseph; Trueman, Terry; Singer, Marilyn; Lubar, David
Call Number:
YP 813.0108357 S7648 2005
Description:

A collection of eight semi-autobiographical stories about the authors' experiences with sports while growing up.

Steelheart
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sanderson, Brandon
Call Number:
YP F Sanderson
Description:

At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners--the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.

Stuck in Neutral
Artist/Author/Cast:
Trueman, Terry
Call Number:
YP F Trueman
Description:

Shawn McDaniel is an enigma and a miracle, except no one knows it, least of all his father.

Sugar Changed the World
Artist/Author/Cast:
Aronson, Marc; Budhos, Marina Tamar
Call Number:
YP 664.109 A7695s 2010
Description:

Traces the panoramic story of the sweet substance and its important role in shaping world history.

The Sword That Cut the Burning Grass
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hoobler, Dorothy; Hoobler, Thomas
Call Number:
YP F Hoobler
Description:

In his latest adventure in eighteenth-century Japan, fourteen-year-old samurai apprentice Seikei, with the help of a servant girl and an imperious old man, sets out to rescue the young Emperor Yasuhito from his kidnappers.

Tillie Pierce: Teen Eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg
Artist/Author/Cast:
Anderson, Tanya
Call Number:
YP 973.7349 A5516t 2013
Description:

Relates the experiences of ordinary teenager Tillie Pierce during the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, as she helped save wounded Union and Confederate soldiers during the bloody, three-day battle.

The Unfortunate Son
Artist/Author/Cast:
Leeds, Constance
Call Number:
YP F Leeds
Description:

Luc, a youth born with one ear and raised by a drunken father in fifteenth-century France, finds a better home with fisherman Pons, his sister Mattie, and their ward Beatrice, the daughter of a disgraced knight, and even after being kidnapped and sold into slavery in Africa, he remains remarkably fortunate.

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