8th Grade Reading List
Reading Suggestions for 8th Graders from the Weber County Library
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
In 1897, winter came early, bringing unexpected storms and ice packs that trapped eight American whaling ships and three hundred sailors in Arctic ice, off the coast of Alaska. Here is the incredible story of three men dispatched by President McKinley to rescue them.
A dramatic account of the 1875 attempt to steal the 16th president's body describes how a counterfeiting ring plotted to ransom Lincoln's body to secure the release of their imprisoned ringleader and how a fledgling Secret Service and an undercover agent conducted a daring election-night sting operation.
When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.
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.
Explores and analyzes the historical context and significance of Neil Armstrong's iconic photograph of Buzz Aldrin.
An empowering adaptation of the Cinderella story features a young genius inventor whose stepfamily forces her into a life of servitude before she aspires to win a technological exposition.
By turns thrilling, dramatic and touching, this is the story of Queen Victoria's childhood as you've never heard it before.
Peak attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.
When cell phones are banned at their school, Frost and his friends start communicating through sticky notes left all over the school before other kids start following their example, triggering a wave of bullying activities in the wake of a new girl's arrival.
When her sister seizes the throne, Queen Eleanor of Albion is banished to a tiny island off the coast of her kingdom. The island is also home to Margaret, a mysterious young orphan girl. Dylan Meconis paints Margaret’s world in soft greens, grays, and reds, transporting readers to a quiet, windswept island at the heart of a treasonous royal plot.
Sig confronts a stranger who has come for revenge on his father for his actions during the Alaska Gold Rush.
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.
No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate is mysterious. Though flight school might be a long shot, she wants to fly, and so when a long-term attack against her world by the alien Krell escalates, her discovery in a forgotten cavern could provide a way to claim the stars.
Margarita Engle details her teenage years in Los Angeles against the turbulent backdrop of the Vietnam War. In vulnerable verse, she addresses the notions of peace, civil rights, freedom of expression, and environmental protection that are once again under threat. Despite these circumstances, young Margarita was able to find solace and empowerment through her education.
From its origins in New Guinea around 7000 B.C. to its use in the 21st century to produce ethanol, this book traces the panoramic history of sugar and its important role in shaping world history.
A biography of Nellie Bly, the pioneering journalist whose showy but substantive stunts skyrocketed her to fame.
The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers' lives. Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friend, Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. Meticulously researched, drawing on the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Deborah Heiligman weaves a tale of two lives intertwined and the love of the Van Gogh brothers.