EIGHTH GRADE SUMMER READING LIST 2018
The Middle School summer reading program has two parts.
PART 1: REQUIRED READINGS FOR ENGLISH & HISTORY
These readings serve as touchstones for the discussion of other works of literature and other history units throughout the year. These requirements are listed below.
- How can we rise above society-driven hierarchies that pigeonhole members according to stereotypes and instead see the true value in all members of humanity?
- What is our responsibility as members of an increasing global community?
- How do we move from being a witnesses of social injustice to becoming an advocate for change?
- How does our response to prejudice and social injustice define our character?
REQUIRED READING for English and history:
The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz
According to Goodreads, The Inquisitor's Tale is bold storytelling that’s richly researched and adventure-packed. The year is 1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children. Their adventures take them on a chase through France: they are taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. On the run to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned, their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, where all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints.
Information that’s good to know is as follows:
- You will be assessed in various ways on your summer reading books, so it is a good idea to underline as you read. Take special note of characters, important plot points, importances about setting (if any), theme, and just any “cool quotes.”
- Please do not use library books, as you will, obviously, need to check them back in and be unable to access them in August. PLEASE OBTAIN YOUR OWN HARD COPY OF EACH TEXT. IF YOU GET A USED BOOK, MAKE SURE IT’S NOT ANNOTATED TOO MUCH!
PART 2: ENRICHMENT READING
You should read at least 350 pages in addition to The Inquisitor’s Tale. Choose from the list of diverse titles below, which relate to the topics we will discuss in eighth-grade English and history throughout the year. If the book you choose does not have 350 pages, you should read two enrichment books.
Options (Book Two/Three): Spend some time with your parents reading about the various titles below, either by researching from “www.goodreads.com” or by actually going to the bookstore and perusing the shelves. Then, choose one of the following. (Choose wisely as many of the titles below are challenging, both in subject matter and in degree of difficulty.)
(Of course, feel free to read more than three books!)
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendon Keily
The Mourner’s Bench by Sanderia Faye
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Dante and Aristotle Discover the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana deRossi
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel: A Novel of War and Survival by Louise Murphy
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Fallen Angelsby Walter Dean Myers
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
The Diary of Anne Frank (The full autobiography is the most worthwhile of the versions.)
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein
The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman