Reading Matters for Eighth Grade

Emily Edison

By David Hopkins, Brock Rizy (action and artwork)

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Emily Edison's parents are divorced and they also happen to live in different dimensions. This means Emily spends her time traveling between their two worlds. And you thought your life was complicated!

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Eyes of the Emperor

By Graham Salisbury

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Having joined the army in Hawaii just before World War II, Eddie Okubo, a Japanese American, finds that the outbreak of war brings an assignment that is not only demeaning but also dehumanizing. Based on true events.

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Firegirl

By Tony Abbott

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A middle school boy's life is changed when Jessica, a girl disfigured by burns, starts attending his Catholic school while receiving treatment at a local hospital.

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The Goats

By Brock Cole

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Stripped and marooned on a small island by their fellow campers, a boy and a girl form an uneasy bond that grows into a deep friendship when they decide to run away and disappear without a trace.

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If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?

By Melissa Kantor

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When the father of high school sophomore Lucy Norton remarries, Lucy finds herself tormented by two bratty stepsisters and a wicked stepmother.

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Left For Dead: A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis

By Peter Nelson

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Recalls the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis at the end of World War II, the Navy cover-up and unfair court-martial of the ship's captain, and how a young boy helped the survivors set the record straight fifty-five years later.

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The Legend of the Wandering King

By Laura Gallego García

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Motivated by jealousy and the desire to receive acclaim as a great poet, Walid ibn Huyr, a prince of ancient Arabia, commits acts which completely change the course of his life.

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My Almost Epic Summer

By Adele Griffin

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Stuck babysitting during the summer while her friends take glamorous vacations, fourteen-year-old Irene learns some lessons about life after meeting a beautiful, yet troubled, girl.

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Pirates!

By Celia Rees

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In 1722, after arriving with her brother at the family's Jamaican plantation where she is to be married off, sixteen-year-old Nancy Kington escapes with her slave friend, Minerva Sharpe, and together they become pirates traveling the world in search of treasure.

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Pool Boy

By Michael Simmons

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When his father is arrested for insider trading and his family loses all their money, teenaged Brett takes a job in the wealthy California neighborhood where he used to live and learns some valuable life lessons.

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