8th Grade Reading List
Reading Suggestions for 8th Graders from the Weber County Library
A coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel about summer and friendships.
An autobiography about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his life growing up in New York, becoming the basketball star he's known to be, and getting involved in the world around him as an activist for social change
A history of modern forensic science from the first test for arsenic poisoning in the 1700s to criminal profiling, fingerprinting, blood splatter analysis, DNA evidence, and all the milestones in between.
Traces the lesser-known stories of advocates and activists who risked significant danger and hardship to uphold the 1954 desegregation ruling by the Supreme Court, sharing additional information on how the NAACP carefully strategized their own responses to period racism.
Deeply involved in his cold and manipulative mother's shady business dealings in Flint, Michigan, fourteen-year-old Luther keeps a sense of humor while running the Happy Neighbor Group Home For Men, all the while dreaming of going to college and becoming a philosopher.
True crime, desperation, fraud, and adventure: these ten vignettes offer riveting insight into mind-blowing masquerades and lives of ten imposters, including Keron Thomas, Princess Caraboo, and Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., describing their motivations and exploits.
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.
This compelling book gives realistic insights into the experiences of growing up Indigenous in North America. Both thought provoking and honest, it challenges readers to have a more critical look at the negative stereotypes the media often portrays.
In 1905 czarist Russia, an impoverished country girl Elena and the aristocratic Ekatrina meet and set in motion an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and the witch Baba Yaga.
Elana becomes the key in a dangerous plan to help the medieval planet Andrecia against an invasion of forces armed with advanced technology -- without revealing her alien powers.
Arturo's Miami summer is marked by the arrival of poetry enthusiast Carmen, who helps him use the power of protest to fight the plans of a land developer who wants to demolish his Abuela's restaurant.
Traces the story of the Russian Revolution, the lives of the Romanov family, and the story of their tragic deaths.
Jeremy’s ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm places him at the center of a series of disappearances.
Thirteen-year-old Felix Yz chronicles the final month before an experimental procedure meant to separate him from the fourth-dimensional creature, Zyx, with whom he was accidentally fused as a young child.
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.
Aided by a talking dog and some mischievous wizards, Princess Anya sets off on a quest to free her kingdom.
Thirteen-year-old Genesis tries again and again to lighten her black skin, thinking it is the root of her family's troubles, before discovering reasons to love herself as is.
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.
After a plane crash, Brian must survive in the wilderness with only the aid of a hatchet.