8th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 8th Graders from the Weber County Library

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Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell
Call Number:
YP 943.086 B2926h
Description:

Explores the various factors which led many of Germany's young people to pledge their loyalty and support to the dictator and join the Hitler Youth during his rise to power.

The House of the Scorpion
Artist/Author/Cast:
Farmer, Nancy
Call Number:
YP F Farmer
Description:

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.

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 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.

Lincoln's Grave Robbers
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sheinkin, Steve
Call Number:
YP 973.7 S5437L 2012
Description:

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.

A Long Walk to Water
Artist/Author/Cast:
Park, Linda Sue
Call Number:
YP F Park
Description:

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.

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.

Man on the Moon: How a Photograph Made Anything Seem Possible
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dell, Pamela
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.

My Name is Victoria
Artist/Author/Cast:
Worsley, Lucy
Call Number:
YP F Worsley
Description:

By turns thrilling, dramatic and touching, this is the story of Queen Victoria's childhood as you've never heard it before.

On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fleming, Candace
Call Number:
YP F Fleming
Description:

In a lonely Illinois cemetery one cold October night, teen ghosts recount the stories of their deaths in different time periods, from 1870 to the present, to sixteen-year-old Mike, who unknowingly picked up a phantom hitchhiker.

Peak
Artist/Author/Cast:
Smith, Roland
Call Number:
YP F Smith
Description:

Fourteen-year-old boy Peak Marcello attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.

Posted
Artist/Author/Cast:
Anderson, John David
Call Number:
YP F Anderson
Description:

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.

Princess Academy
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hale, Shannon
Call Number:
YP F Hale
Description:

Fourteen-year-old Miri, too small to work at the quarry like everyone else, struggles to prove herself to her father. She receives her chance when the prince announces he will choose his bride, and Miri is sent to an isolated school to learn the skills and values needed if chosen. There, she discovers her special ability to protect herself and fellow schoolmates.

Queen of the Sea
Artist/Author/Cast:
Meconis, Dylan
Call Number:
GN YP F Meconis
Description:

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.

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.
Revolver
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sedgwick, Marcus
Call Number:
YP F Sedgwick
Description:

Teenaged Sig Andersson, who lives in an isolated cabin in the Arctic Circle, confronts a stranger who has come to take revenge on Sig's dead father for his actions when the two men knew each other during the Alaska Gold Rush.

The Schwa Was Here
Artist/Author/Cast:
Shusterman, Neal
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.

Artist/Author/Cast:
Sanderson, Brandon
Call Number:
YP F Sanderson
Description:

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.

Soaring Earth: A Companion Memoir to Enchanted Air
Artist/Author/Cast:
Engle, Margarita
Call Number:
YP 811.54 E5823se 2019
Description:

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.

Sugar Changed the World
Artist/Author/Cast:
Aronson, Marc; Budhos, Marina Tamar
Call Number:
YP 664.109 A7695s 2010
Description:

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.

Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original Girl Reporter Nellie Bly
Artist/Author/Cast:
Noyes, Deborah
Call Number:
YP 92 Bly
Description:

A biography of Nellie Bly, the pioneering journalist whose showy but substantive stunts skyrocketed her to fame.

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