Tuesday, June 5, 2012

8th Grade Summer Reading List

Entering 8th Grade Summer Reading List 
You will be reading two (2) books over the summer. One (1) from Languages Arts and one (1) from Social Studies

Choose one (1) book to read from the following list:

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry $7.50
Lame and suddenly orphaned, Kira is mysteriously removed from her squalid village to live in the palatial Council Edifice, where she is expected to use her gifts as a weaver to do the bidding of the all-powerful Guardians.

The Messenger by Lois Lowry $8.95
In this novel that unites characters from "The Giver" and "Gathering Blue," Matty, a young member of a utopian community that values honesty, conceals an emerging healing power that he cannot explain or understand.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl $5.99
The journal of a Jewish girl in her early teens describes both the joys and torments of daily life, as well as typical adolescent thoughts, throughout two years spent in hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of Holland.

Speak (Platinum Edition) by Laurie Halse Anderson $10.00
A ninth grader becomes a social pariah when she calls the police to bust a summer bash and spends the year coming to terms with the secret fact that she was raped during the party.

Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff $7.99
This is the story of fourteen-year-old LaVaughn, who is determined to go to college—she just needs the money to get there. When she answers a babysitting ad, LaVaughn meets Jolly, a seventeen-year-old single mother with two kids by different fathers. As she helps Jolly make lemonade out of the lemons her life has given her, LaVaughn learns some lessons outside the classroom.

Choose one (1) book to read from the following list:

Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare $6.99
In 1687 Connecticut, Kit Tyler befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.

Secret of Sarah Revere by Ann Rinaldi $7.99
Paul Revere's daughter describes her father's "rides" and the intelligence network of the patriot community prior to the American Revolution.

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson $6.99
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

Witch Child by Celia Rees $8.99
In 1659, 14-year-old Mary Newbury keeps a journal of her voyage from England to the New World and her experiences living as a witch in a community of Puritans near Salem, MA.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave $6.95
Born a slave in 1818 on a plantation in Maryland, Douglass taught himself to read and write. In 1845, 7 years after escaping to the North, he published Narrative, the first of three autobiographies. This book recounts the horrors and the accomplishments of his early years, his painful efforts to educate himself; his decision to find freedom or die; and his harrowing but successful escape.

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes $6.99
After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.

My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier $6.99
Sam Meeker is 16 when he runs away in 1775 to fight the British.

You will be reading two (2) books over the summer. One (1) from Languages Arts and one (1) from Social Studies

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