Summer 2020 Reading Suggestions

The following are suggested texts that thematically follow the 8th grade curriculum next year. The focus of summer reading this year is to read multiple books for pleasure. Physical books, eBooks and Audiobooks are all valuable ways for students to engage with texts. Help your student select titles they will enjoy reading.

Unit 1: The Challenge of Heroism

Literature

  • Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie (Lexile 670L)
  • Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez (Lexile 890L)
  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (Lexile 580L)
  • Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (Lexile 780L)
  • The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (Lexile 710L)
  • The Alchemist by Paul Coelho (Lexile 910L)
  • Children of the River by Linda Crew (Lexile 700L)
  • Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher (Lexile 1000L)
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Lexile 770L)
  • The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis (Lexile 630L)
  • The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton (Lexile 750L)
  • African Myths by Gary Jeffrey (Lexile N/A)
  • The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston (Lexile 1020L)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (Lexile 800L)
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (Lexile 740L)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis (Lexile N/A)
  • The Killing Sea by Richard Lewis (Lexile 760L)
  • Hero by Mike Lupica (Lexile 730L)
  • Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess by George O’Connor (Lexile 720L)
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini (Lexile 710L)
  • When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park (Lexile 610L)
  • Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen (Lexile 1000L)
  • Alanna of Trebond by Tamora Pierce (Lexile 690L)
  • Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan (Lexile N/A)
  • Freedom Songs: A Tale of the Underground Railroad by Trina Robbins (Lexile 580L)
  • Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer by Trina Robbins (Lexile 510L)
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Graphic Novel) by Brian Selznick (Lexile 820L)
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Lexile 490L)
  • Hercules: The 12 Labors by Paul Storrie (Lexile N/A)
  • The Once and Future King by T. E. White (Lexile 1080L)

Unit 2: The Challenge of Utopia

Literature

  • Love, Amalia by Alma Ada (Lexile 940L)
  • I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (Lexile 820L)
  • The Martian Chronicles: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (Lexile 820L)
  • Ask Me No Questions by Marin Budhos (Lexile 790L)
  • All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg (Lexile 680L)
  • Red Hot Salsa by Lori Marie Carlson (Lexile N/A)
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (Lexile 870L)
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Lexile 810L)
  • Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton (Lexile 800L)
  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (Lexile 660L)
  • Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank (Lexile 870L)
  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (Lexile 940L)
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Lexile 870L)
  • The left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin (Lexile 970L)
  • Legend by Marie Lu (Lexile 710L)
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Lexile 790L)
  • Utopia by Thomas More (Lexile 1370L)
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (Lexile 880L)
  • 1984 by George Orwell (Lexile 1090L)
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell (Lexile 1170L)
  • A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt (Lexile N/A)
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (Lexile 700L)
  • House of the Red Fish by Graham Salisbury (Lexile 610L)
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (Lexile 1030L)
  • The Time Machine by H. G. Wells (Lexile 1070L)
  • The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (Lexile 1040L)
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfield (Lexile 770L)
  • The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy (Lexile N/A)
  • Daughter of Xanadu by Dori Jones Yang (Lexile 780L)

Unit 3: The Challenge to Make a Difference

Literature

  • The Diary of Pelly D. by L. J. Adlington (Lexile 770L)
  • The Last Train: A Holocaust Story by Rona Arato (Lexile 580L)
  • Along the Tracks by Tamar Bergman (Lexile 650L)
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (Lexile 1080L)
  • Daniel, Half Human: And the Good Nazi by David Chotjewitz (Lexile 740L)
  • Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz and Ruth Gruener (Lexile 760L)
  • The Cats in Krasinski Square by Karen Hesse (Lexile 990L)
  • Star of Fear, Star of Hope by Jo Hoestlandt (Lexile 490L)
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom (Lexile 900L)
  • Torn Thread by Anne Isaacs (Lexile 880L)
  • Number of the Stars by Lois Lowry (Lexile 670L)
  • Daniel’s Story by Carol Matas (Lexile 720L)
  • Jacob’s Rescue by Malka Drucker and Michael Halperin (Lexile 680L)
  • The Garden by Carol Matas (Lexile 810L)
  • Good Night, Maman by Norma Fox Mazer (Lexile 510L)
  • Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger (Lexile 740L)
  • Waiting for Anya by Michael Morpurgo (Lexile 770L)
  • The Fold by An Na (Lexile 700l)
  • Stones in Water by Donna Jo Napoli (Lexile 630L)
  • 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East by Naomi Shihab Nye (Lexile 970L)
  • The Devil in Vienna by Doris Orgel (Lexile 700L)
  • Run, Boy, Run by Uri Orlev (Lexile 570L)
  • The Island on Bird Street by Uri Orlev (Lexile 690L)
  • Red Thread Sisters by Carol Antionette Peacock (Lexile 700L)
  • The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco (Lexile 430L)
  • Escape to the Forest: Based on a True Story of the Holocaust by Ruth Yaffe Radin (Lexile 660L)
  • Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli (Lexile 510L)
  • Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman (Lexile 750L)
  • Gold Mountain Chronicles: Child of the Owl by Laurence Yep (Lexile 920L)
  • The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen (Lexile 730L)
  • We Fought Back: Teen Resisters of the Holocaust by Allan Zullo (Lexile 1070L)
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Lexile 730L)

Non-Fiction/Informational Text

  • Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust by Susan Bachrach (Lexile 1190L)
  • I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust by Livia Bitton-Jackson (Lexile 720L)
  • We Are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust by Jacob Boas (Lexile 970L)
  • The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark by Carmen Agra Deedy (Lexile 550L)
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (Lexile of 1080L)
  • Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor by Russell Freedman (Lexile 1140L)
  • Cesar Chavez by Josh Gregory (Lexile 930L)
  • Who Was Jackie Robinson? by Gail Herman (Lexile 670L)
  • The Race to Save the Lord God Bird by Phillip Hoose (Lexile 1150L)
  • No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War by Anita Lobel (Lexile 750L)
  • Rescue: The Story of How Gentiles Saved Jews in the Holocaust by Milton Meltzer (Lexile 1020L)
  • Hidden Child by Isaac Millman (Lexile 860L)
  • The Lost Childhood: A World War II Memoir by Yehuda Nir (Lexile 920L)
  • In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke (Lexile 890L)
  • Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story by Lila Perl and Marion Blumenthal Lazan (Lexile 1080L)
  • The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender (Lexile 500L)
  • Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944 by Aranka Siegal (Lexile 830L)
  • Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary: A Photographic Remembrance by Rudd van de Rol and Rian Verhoeven (Lexile1030L)
  • Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London by Andrea Warren (Lexile 1160L)
  • Night by Elie Wiesel (Lexile 570L)

Unit 4: The Challenge of Comedy

Literature

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Lexile 1000L)
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Lexile 600L)
  • Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator: A Mystery by Jennifer Allison (Lexile 1000L)
  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar: And Six More by Roald Dahl (Lexile 850L)
  • Laugh Out Loud Jokes for Kids by Rob Elliott (Lexile N/A)
  • Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom Series by Christopher Healey (Lexile 750L)
  • Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl (Lexile 1050L)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Lexile 900L)
  • Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling (Lexile 1190)
  • Don’t Care High by Gordon Korman (Lexile 920L)
  • Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt (Lexile 670L)
  • The Tell-Tale Start: The Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe (series) by Gordon McAlpine (Lexile 850L)
  • Homer Price by Robert McCloskey (Lexile 1000L)
  • Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day by Gary Paulsen (Lexile 960L)
  • Captain Underpants Collection by Dav Pilkey (Lexile 800L)
  • Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka (Lexile 730L)
  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snickett (Lexile 1010L)
  • The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snickett (Lexile 1120L)
  • No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels by SparkNotes (Lexile N/A)
  • A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift (Lexile 1520L)
  • The Celebrated Jumping Frog and Other Stories by Mark Twain (Lexile 1000L)
  • Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (Lexile 790L)

Non-Fiction/Informational Text

  • King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography by Chris Crutcher (Lexile 1180L)
  • Boy by Roald Dahl (Lexile 1090L)
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey (Lexile 950L)
  • A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel (Lexile 1010L)
  • Born Standing up: A Comic Life by Steve Martin (Lexile N/A)
  • Acting A to Z: The Young Person’s Guide to a Stage or Screen Career by Katherine Mayfield (Lexile 1030L)