• 8th Grade Suggested Summer Reading 2021

    Getting middle schoolers to read over the summer is a challenge, but we should encourage them to read so they will be even stronger readers next year. English 8 Suggested Summer Reading List is organized by unit themes that will be covered over the course of the year. 

    Students are encouraged to read one of the books listed below during the summer break.

Suggested Books

  • Revolution

    by Deborah Wiles Year Published: 2014 Historical Fiction

    It's 1964, and Sunny's town is being invaded. Or at least that's what the adults of Greenwood, Mississippi, are saying. All Sunny knows is that people from up north are coming to help people register to vote. They're calling it Freedom Summer.

    Meanwhile, Sunny can't help but feel like her house is being invaded, too. She has a new stepmother, a new brother, and a new sister crowding her life, giving her little room to breathe. And things get even trickier when Sunny and her brother are caught sneaking into the local swimming pool--where they bump into a mystery boy whose life is going to become tangled up in theirs.

    Related unit theme from school year:
    “Coming of Age in Mississippi” – Class text will be Good Old Boy by Willie Morris (provided by school)

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  • Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March

    by Lynda Blackmon Lowery Year Published: 2015 Nonfiction

    A memoir of the Civil Rights Movement from one of its youngest heroes.

    As the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Albama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery proved that young adults can be heroes. Jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. for the rights of African-Americans. In this memoir, she shows today's young readers what it means to fight nonviolently (even when the police are using violence, as in the Bloody Sunday protest) and how it felt to be part of changing American history.

    Related unit theme from school year:
    “Be The Change: Civil Rights” – Class text will be Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of Emmett Till by Chris Crowe (provided by school)

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  • Scar: A Revolutionary War Tale

    by J. Albert Mann Year Published: 2016 Historical Fiction

    Sixteen-year-old Noah Daniels wants nothing more than to fight in George Washington’s Continental Army, but an accident as a child left him maimed and unable to enlist. He is forced to watch the Revolution from his family’s hard scrabble farm in Upstate New York—until a violent raid on his settlement thrusts him into one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution, and ultimately, face to face with the enemy.

    Related unit theme from school year:
    “Start a Revolution” – Class text will be George Washington: Spymaster by Thomas B. Allen (provided by school)

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Last Modified on May 27, 2021