Eighth Grade: Reading Matters

Akata Witch

By Nnedi Okorafor

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Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer.

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Along for the Ride

By Sarah Dessen

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When Auden impulsively goes to stay with her father, stepmother, and new baby sister the summer before she starts college, all the trauma of her parents' divorce is revived, even as she is making new friends and having new experiences such as learning to ride a bike and dating.

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Between Shades of Gray

By Ruta Sepetys

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In 1941, Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family.

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Bruiser

By Neal Shusterman

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Inexplicable events start to occur when twins Tennyson and Brontë befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser and his little brother, Cody.

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Delirium

By Lauren Oliver

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Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.
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Dirty Little Secrets

By Cynthia Jaynes Omololu

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When her unstable mother dies unexpectedly, Lucy must take control and find a way to keep the long-held secret of her mother's compulsive hoarding from being revealed to friends, neighbors, and especially the media.

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Dreamer

By Pam Muñoz Ryan

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A fictionalized biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who grew up a painfully shy child, ridiculed by his overbearing father, but became one of the most widely-read poets in the world.

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Eon: Dragoneye Reborn

By Alison Goodman

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Eon hopes to become an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune and learn to be its main interpreter, but to do so will require much, including keeping secret that she is a girl.
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Grimm Legacy

By Polly Shulman

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New York high school student Elizabeth gets an after-school job as a page at the "New-York Circulating Material Repository," and when she gains coveted access to its Grimm Collection of magical objects, she and the other pages are drawn into a series of frightening adventures involving mythical creatures and stolen goods.
 

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Haunting Violet

By Alyxandra Harvey

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Violet Willoughby has been part of her mother's Spiritualist scam since she was nine, but during an 1872 house party in Hampshire, England, she is horrified to learn that she can actually see ghosts, one of whom wants Violet to solve her murder.

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