Recommended Reading for grade 8.

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Here is a list of books our teacher editors suggest for students in grade 8. Our selections include titles for both girls and boys who have a variety of interests. These selections include both "academic" and "recreational" reading suggestions. Check the synopsis for the book that might interest your student.

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All Creatures Great and Small - by James Herriot

Follow Herriot as he makes his veterinary rounds in rural England. A must for all animal lovers!

Among the Hidden - by Margaret Haddix

This American Library Association Best Book for Teens is a modern mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Brian's Winter - by Gary Paulsen

This Newberry winner tells a powerful and exciting story of a young boy's amazing survival in the Canadian wilderness.

The Cay - by Theodore Taylor

This story is set in the West Indies during the Second World War. A young boy must test his courage as he struggles to survive on a far away island.

Children of the River - by Linda Crew

Ever since Saundra had to leave Cambodia and her family behind, she has tried to be the "good Cambodian girl" in her aunt's family. A great read!

The Christmas Box - by Richard Paul Evans

Read a Christmas story in July? Why not? A great message about what's important in life.

December Stillness - by Mary Downing Hahn

Contemporary fiction about a teen's commitment to social action.

Dicey's Song - by Cynthia Voight

Popular coming-of-age story with memorable characters.

The Endless Steppe - by Esther Hautzig

This book tells the story of a family forced from their home in Poland to exile in Siberia. It is a moving tale of courage and the resiliency of the human spirit.

The Golden Compass - by Philip Pullman

A fast-paced fantasy adventure, with a main character who is a girl.

Guts: The True Stories Behind the Hatchet Books - by Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen explains his life growing up in Minnesota and Alaska.

Gutsy Girls: Young Women Who Dare - by Tina Schwager

A collection of stories by young women about how to break new ground and stay healthy and safe.

Hatchet - by Gary Paulsen

A young man survives a small plane crash and must make his way through the wilderness armed only with a hatchet.

Haveli - by Suzanne Fisher Staples

Memorable characters in this story of Pakistani culture; sequel to Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind.

Johnny Tremain - by Esther Forbes

Journey of the Sparrows - by Fran Leeper Buss

This historical work focuses on the 1980-92 Civil War in El Salvador.

Let the Circle Be Unbroken - by Mildred Taylor

This novel continues the story told in of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

Little Women - by Louisa May Alcott

Meet the March family-with daughters Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth. The Osbournes they are not---a classic story of a connected family, featuring love, romance, sadness and courage.

The Lottery Rose - by Irene Hunt

A modern novel that shows strength of character can overcome difficulties.

The Master Puppeteer - by Katherine Paterson

Japan in the 1700's is the setting for this mystery adventure.

Mrs. Mike - by Benedict and Nancy Freidman

A tale of adventure and love set in the wilderness of Canada.

Night - by Elie Weisel

This is an important story of courage and endurance. Wiesel recounts the horrors of live in a concentration camp and reminds us of the importance of human freedom.

A Night to Remember - by Walter Lord

The tragic true story of the sinking of the Titanic.

The Outsiders - by S. E. Hinton

Classic story revealing the tragedy of teenage gang violence.

The Pearl - by John Steinbeck

A powerful story that teaches the importance of family and human compassion. The mysterious Pearl of the World has the power to change lives for good or for evil!

The Prince and the Pauper - by Mark Twain

Mark Twain's classic story of mistaken identity.

Rebecca - by Daphne DuMaurier

The spell of the mysterious Rebecca lingers over the mansion Manderley. Read this famous story to unravel the secret.

Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms - by Charles Smith

Poems and pictures about basketball.

A Separate Peace - by John Knowles

This classic story of friendship and emotion is set in a boarding school during WW II.

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind - by Suzanne Fisher Staples

A novel of growing up set with a background of Pakistani culture.

The Sign of the Chrysanthemum - by Catherine Paterson

Journey to Japan in the 12th century in this fast-paced novel of a boy's search for his identity.

Streams to the River, River to the Sea - by Scott O'Dell

This historical novel used the voice of the Indian Sacagawea to describe the journey of Lewis and Clark.

Summer of My German Soldier - by Bette Greene

Set during WWII, this story reveals the value of friendship and the importance of compassion.

The Red Pony - by John Steinbeck

A Thief of Time - by Tony Hillerman

A mystery adventure story set against the Navajo culture.

Things Not Seen - by Andrew Clements

A very hip teen wakes up one morning to discover that he's invisible. See what happens next.

Troubling a Star - by Madeleine L'Engle

An adventure/mystery story set against the backdrop of Antarctica by the author of A Wrinkle in Time.

Walk Two Moons - by Sharon Creech

Follow Sal's journey from Kentucky to Idaho as she searches for her mother.

Walkabout - by James Vance Marshall

A page-turning adventure set in the Australian outback. A real survivor's story!

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - by Christopher Paul Curtis

It is 1963 and an African American family from Michigan heads for Birmingham for a family visit. There they find hatred and more.

Winning Every Day: The Game Plan for Success - by Lou Holtz

Learn strategies for commitment and focus from Coach Holtz, the inspiring and motivating man who led the Notre Dame football team to nine bowl games

Wringer - by Jerry Spinelli