8th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 8th Graders from the Weber County Library

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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