8th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 8th Graders from the Weber County Library

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All Summer Long
Artist/Author/Cast:
Larson, Hope
Call Number:
GN JF Larson
Description:

A coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel about summer and friendships.

Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court
Artist/Author/Cast:
Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem
Call Number:
YP 796.323092 A1365b
Description:

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

Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA
Artist/Author/Cast:
Heos, Bridget
Call Number:
YP 363.25 H5282b
Description:

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.

Brown v. Board of Education : A Fight for Simple Justice
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rubin, Susan Goldman
Call Number:
YP 344.0798 R8965b
Description:

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.

Bucking the Sarge
Artist/Author/Cast:
Curtis, Christopher Paul
Call Number:
YP F Curtis
Description:

Deeply involved in his cold and manipulative mother's shady business dealings in Flint, Michigan, 14-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.

Can I See Your I. D.?: True Stories of False Identities
Artist/Author/Cast:
Barton, Chris; Hoppe, Paul (Illustrator)
Call Number:
YP 001.95 B29322c 2011
Description:

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.

Chains: Seeds of America
Artist/Author/Cast:
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Call Number:
YP F Anderson
Description:

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

Chasing Lincoln's Killer
Artist/Author/Cast:
Swanson, James L.
Call Number:
YP 973.7092 S9727c 2009
Description:

Tells the story of the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth and gives a day-by-day account of the wild chase to find this killer and his accomplices.

Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices 
Artist/Author/Cast:
Leatherdale, Mary Beth
Call Number:
YP 704.03 D771
Description:

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.

Egg & Spoon
Artist/Author/Cast:
Maguire, Gregory
Call Number:
YP F Maguire
Description:

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.

Enchantress from the Stars
Artist/Author/Cast:
Engdahl, Sylvia
Call Number:
YP F Engdahl
Description:

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.

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cartaya, Pablo
Call Number:
JF/YP F Cartaya
Description:

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.

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fleming, Candace
Call Number:
YP 947.08 F5973f
Description:

Traces the story of the Russian Revolution, the lives of the Romanov family, and the story of their tragic deaths, in an account that draws on primary source materials and includes period photography.

Far Far Away
Artist/Author/Cast:
McNeal, Tom
Call Number:
YP F McNeal
Description:

After his mother left and his father became a recluse, Jeremy Johnson Johnson (whose mother and father both had the same last name) was left to support the family, but he's been aided by the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous Brothers Grimm writing duo, and when provocative local girl Ginger Boultinghouse takes an interest in Jeremy (and his unique abilities), a grim chain of events is put into motion.

Felix YZ
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bunker, Lisa
Call Number:
YP F Bunker
Description:

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.

Flipped
Artist/Author/Cast:
Van Draanen, Wendelin
Call Number:
YP F Van Draanen
Description:

In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.

Frogkisser!
Artist/Author/Cast:
Nix, Garth
Call Number:
YP F Nix
Description:

Princess Anya has a big problem: Duke Rikard, her step-stepfather is an evil wizard who wants to rule the kingdom and has a habit of changing people into frogs, and her older sister Morven, the heir, is a wimp--so with the help of the librarian Gotfried (who turns into an owl when he is upset), and the Royal Dogs, she must find away to defeat Rikard, save her sister, and maybe even turn Prince Denholm back into a human being.

Genesis Begins Again
Artist/Author/Cast:
Williams, Alicia D.
Call Number:
YP F Williams
Description:

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.

Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth
Artist/Author/Cast:
Giblin, James Cross
Call Number:
YP 792.028 G4464g 2005
Description:
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.
Hatchet
Artist/Author/Cast:
Paulsen, Gary
Call Number:
JF/YP F Paulsen
Description:

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.

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