Middle school

Reading Suggestions

These titles are suggested reading from our 8th grade English Literature book. These Unit topics will be addressed throughout the year in English, but necessarily in the order stated below. Feel free to use these books for further reading, class free reading time, and just for fun. 

Unit 1: Plot and Conflict

The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child

 by Francisco Jimenez

Dancing at the Odinocha by Dirkpatrick Hill

Lord of the Deep by Graham Salisbury

The Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean

Sorceress by Celia Rees

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Code Orange by Caroline Cooney

A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer

The Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier


Unit 2: Character and Point of View

A Thief in the House of Memory by Tim Wynne-Jones

Hope was Here by Joan Bauer

Song of the Trees by Mildred Taylor

I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

An Innocent Soldier by Josef Holub

The Voice that Changed a Nation: by Russell Freedman

Summerland by Michael Chabon


Unit 3: Setting and Mood

The Boxer by Kathleen Karr

Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman

Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes

Run, Boy, Run by Uri Orlev

Iqbal by Francesco D’Adamo

Fish by L.S. Matthews

Four Wings and a Prayer by Sue Halpern

Saving the Planet and Stuff by Gail Gauthier

Tofu and T.rex by Greg Leitich Smith


Unit 4: Theme and Symbol

East by Edith Pattou

Mable Riley:  by Mathe Jocelyn

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

The Cay by Theodore Taylor

A Step from Heaven by An Na

The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen by Mitali Perkins

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones

Be the Difference: by Danny Seo


Unit 5: Poetry

Out of Dust by Karen Hesse

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Stop Pretending… by Sonya Sones

What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones


Unit 6: Style, Voice, and Tone

Cheating Lessons by Nan Willard

Good Brother, Bad Brother: by James Cross Giblin

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Act I, Act II, Act Normal by Martha Weston

Sweetgrass Basket by Marlene Carvell

Hans Christian Anderson: His Fairy Tale Life by Hjordis Barmer and Lilian Brogger

China’s Son: Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution

by Da Chen

Guinea Pig Scientists by Leslie Dendy and Mel Boring

O Pioneers! By Willa Cather


Unit 7: History, Culture, and the Author

Betsy and the Emperor by Staton Rabin

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

Part of Me by Kimberly Willis Holt

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Ghost Boy by Iain Lawrence

Stop the Train! By Geraldine McCaughrean

The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place

Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals


Unit 8: Facts and Information

Dare to Dream! 25 Extraordinary Lives by Sandra McLeod Humphrey

Come Back to Afghanistan: A California Teenager’s Story by Said Hyder Akbar and Susan Burton

Stonecutter by Leander Watts

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

The Black Canary by Jane Louise Curry

Mountain Solo by Jeanette Ingold

This Land was Made for You and Me: by Elizabeth Partridge


Unit 9: Argument and Persuasion

The Exchange Student by Kate Gilmore

Frightful’s Mountain by Jean Craighead George

The Wilderness Family…by Kobie Kruger

Heat by Mike Lupica

Surviving Antartica: Reality TV 2083 by Andrea White

Game Design for Teens by Les Pardew and Alpine Studios

Our Eleanor by Candace Fleming

Photo by Brady: A Picture of the Civil War

by Jennifer Armstrong

Quicksilver by Stephanie Spinner

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