8th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 8th Graders from the Weber County Library

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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.

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.

Call Number:
YP F O'Dell
Description:

Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother who take opposite sides in the War for Independence, and fleeing from the British who seek to arrest her, Sarah Bishop struggles to shape a new life for herself in the wilderness.

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.

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; Trueman
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 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.

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?

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.

The Longitude Prize
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dash, Joan; Petricic, Dusan (Illustrator); Dash, J.
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.

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.

The Sweetest Spell
Artist/Author/Cast:
Selfors, Suzanne
Call Number:
YP F Selfors
Description:

Scorned in her Flatlands village because of a deformed foot, Emmeline Thistle's life changes when she is taken in by Wanderlands dairy farmers.

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.

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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