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Summer Reading for Students Entering Grade 8

ALL GRADE READ for students entering grade 8:   The Last Leaf by O. Henry.

This short selection and connected writing activity are expected literacy work for all students. The full text of the short story is included in this student Summer Reading Packet, along with guidelines for the connected writing activity.

CHOICE Book Reading for students entering grade 8: All students are expected to select one book from the list below, or any title of their own choice. Guidelines for the Choice Book Connected Writing activity are included in Summer Reading Packets. Students are strongly encouraged to complete more than one choice book during the summer.

Suggested CHOICE books for students entering grade 8:


Wonder by  R.J. Palacio   (Also available: eBook)

Alice Bliss  by Laura Harrington   (Also available: eBook)

Blank Confession  by Pete Hautman

Great Wide Sea  by M.H. Herlong

Ship Breaker  by Paolo Bacigalupi   (Also available: eAudiobook)

Dead End in Norvelt  by Jack Gantos   (Also available: eAudiobook)

Seraphina  by Rachel Hartman   (Also available: eBook and eAudiobook)

Adoration of Jenna Fox  by Mary E. Pearson   (Also available: eAudiobook)

How to Survive Middle School  by Donna Gephart   (Also available: eBook)


Hitler’s Youth  by Susan Campbell Bartoletti   (Also available: eBook)

Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust  by Doreen Rappaport

Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion  by Loree Griffin Burns

We Beat the Street: How A Friendship Pact Led to Success  by Sampson Davis   (Also available: eBook)

I Am a Seal Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier  by Howard E. Wasdin