Grade 8

SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT

CLARKE MIDDLE SCHOOL / WOODLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL

2017 Summer Reading List
GRADE 8

A Boy at War (A Novel of Pearl Harbor) by Harry Mazer
While fishing with his friends off Honolulu on December 7, 1941, teenaged Adam is caught in the midst of the Japanese attack and through the chaos of the subsequent days tries to find his father, a naval officer who was serving on the U.S.S. Arizona when the bombs fell.

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchar
After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

Crash by Jerry Spinelli (reluctant reader)
Seventh-grader John “Crash” Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather’s stroke make him consider the meaning of friendship and the importance of family.

Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson
Separated from his friend Isabel after their daring escape from slavery, fifteen-year-old Curzon serves as a free man in the Continental Army at Valley Forge until he and Isabel are thrown together again, as slaves once more.

Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby
When thirteen-year-old Joey Willis, deaf since the age of six, meets Dr. Charles Mansell and his chimpanzee Sukari, who use sign language, her world blooms with possibilities but that of the chimp begins to narrow.

Rewind by William Sleator
Not long after learning that he was adopted, eleven-year-old Peter is hit by a car and then given several chances to alter events that could lead to his death.

The Puzzling World of Winston Breen: The Potato Chip Puzzles by Eric Berlin
Winston and his friends enter a puzzle contest to win fifty thousand dollars for their school, but they must also figure out who is trying to keep them from winning, in a book that includes puzzles for the reader to solve.

HONORS (REQUIRED)

The Wave by Todd Strasser
Based on a true incident, The Wave tells the story of a high school history class experiment that frighteningly demonstrated the power of fascism.

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