8th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 8th Graders from the Weber County Library

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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