Reading Matters for Eighth Grade

The Schwa Was Here

By Neal Shusterman

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A Brooklyn eighth-grader nicknamed Antsy befriends the Schwa, an "invisible-ish" boy who is tired of blending into his surroundings and going unnoticed by nearly everyone.

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Shakespeare Bats Cleanup

By Ron Koertge

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When a fourteen-year-old baseball player catches mononucleosis, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting with poetry not only helps fill the time, it also helps him deal with life, love, and loss.

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Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

By David Lubar

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Funny, thoughtful, and enormously entertaining, Scott Hudson offers his perspectives on friends, family members, school, and dates in this guide to his unborn sibling. A fresh take on the trials, tribulations, and the occasional triumph of a high school freshman.

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Stoneheart

By Charlie Fletcher

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When twelve-year-old George accidentally decapitates a stone statue, he falls into a parallel dimension where he must battle ancient "live" statues and solve a dangerous riddle.

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The Tequila Worm

By Viola Canales

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A series of vignettes brings to life Sofia's small-town Texas barrio and its Mexican American traditions and celebrations. When chosen to go to a prestigious boarding school miles away, she is torn between a good education and her beloved family.

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This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie

By Elizabeth Partridge

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He wrote more than 3,000 songs and was a hero to Bob Dylan and many other singers, but his life was marked by endless wandering, fires, and a deadly disease.

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Uglies

By Scott Westerfeld

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Tally is almost 16, the age when residents of Uglyville have their unattractive physical attributes replaced to make them drop-dead gorgeous. Unfortunately, Tally’s friendship with renegade Shay may disrupt Tally’s dream of physical beauty.

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The Wizard of Earthsea

By Ursula K. Le Guin

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Sparrowhawk is apprenticed to a Master Wizard, but his arrogance leads him to attempt a dangerous magic that unleashes an evil he cannot control. The first in the “Earthsea” trilogy.

 

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