Wednesday, May 15, 2013

ATTACK OF THE SUMMER READING LIST: Eighth Grade Summer Reading Titles

This summer, APS suggests that middle school students read at least one book from their fantastic, updated summer reading lists. They are full of some excellent titles and to help you pick which book you'd like to read, we've got three MEGA POSTS, with book descriptions, covers and videos about the books. Take a look!


Finding Miracles by Julia Alvarez
Realistic Fiction

Fifteen-year-old Milly Kaufman is an average American teenager until Pablo, a new student at her school, inspires her to search for her birth family in his native country.

There's lots of extra goodies in this interview with author Julia Alvarez. 
Available: book, cd, eaudio, ebook

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
Historical Fiction

During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl "passes" for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

Check out author Sherri Smith from her visit to Swanson.     

 Available: book

Gone (series) by Michael Grant
 Science Fiction

In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.

Available: book, ebook

Ichiro by Ryan Inzana
Graphic Novel, Fantasy

Raised by a Japanese mother in New York City, his American father killed in a war, Ichiro finds it difficult to figure out where he fits in. A trip to Japan leaves the boy with his grandfather, in a country he does not know. And one night Ichi gets dragged down a hole by a monster. When he awakens he isn't in Japan nor the mortal world. He has entered into the domain of the gods. Will Ichiro ever find a place to call home?

Available: book

Leviathan (series)  by Scott Westerfeld
Science Fiction

In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.
Available: book, cd, eaudio

A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
Realistic Fiction

Afraid that she is crazy, thirteen-year-old Mia, who sees a special color with every letter, number, and sound, keeps this a secret until she becomes overwhelmed by school, changing relationships, and the loss of something important to her.

Available: book, cd, ebook
My Name is Parvana by Deborah Ellis
Realistic Fiction

In this long-awaited sequel to "The Breadwinner Trilogy, " Parvana is now 15 years old. As she waits for foreign military forces to determine her fate, she remembers the past four years of her life.

For insight into the Breadwinner series, as well as how Ellis grew up to become a writer, read this great profile.

Available: book, ebook
The Name of the Star (Shades of London series) by Maureen
Mystery, Ghosts

Rory, of BĂ©nouville, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation. Here's more from a previous review we did.

Available: book, cd, playaway, eaudio, ebook (no eaudio or ebook for Madness)

Pinned by Sharon G. Flake
Realistic Fiction

Adonis is smart, intellectually-gifted and born without legs; Autumn is strong, a great wrestler, and barely able to read in ninth grade--but Autumn is attracted to Adonis and determined to make him a part of her life whatever he or her best friend think.

You can watch a trailer and listen to author Sharon Flake talk about writing Pinned and the how she feels about the main characters.
Available: book, cd, eaudio

Pop by Gordon Korman
Realistic Fiction, Sports

Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus Jordan becomes friends with a retired professional linebacker who is great at training him, but whose childish behavior keeps Marcus in hot water.
Listen to Gordon Korman talk about football and the events that inspired this book.

Available: book, cd, playaway, eaudio, ebook

The Ruins of Gorlan ( Ranger's Apprentice series) by John Flanagan

When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.

 Available: book, cd

Shackleton’s Stowaway by Victoria McKernan
Survival, Exploration

 Eighteen-year-old Perce Blackborow hid below in a locker. But the thrill of stowing away with the legendary explorer would soon turn to fear. Within months, the Endurance, trapped and crushed by ice, sank. And even Perce, the youngest member of the stranded crew, knew there was no hope of rescue. If the men were to survive in the most hostile place on earth, they would have to do it on their own.

This video clip about the Endeavor will get you in the mood for reading this amazing, page-turning adventure.

Available: book, ebook (not in catalog yet)

Non-Fiction, Biography

 From the start, his path was never predictable. Steve Jobs was given up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college after one semester, and at the age of twenty, created Apple in his parents' garage with his friend Steve Wozniack. Then came the core and hallmark of his genius--his exacting moderation for perfection, his counterculture life approach, and his level of taste and style that pushed all boundaries. A devoted husband, father, and Buddhist, he battled cancer for over a decade, became the ultimate CEO, and made the world want every product he touched.
For awesome inspiration, watch the commencement speech Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University in 2005.

Available: book, eaudio

Sunriseover Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
Realistic Fiction

Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him.          

Available: book, cd, playaway

Tell Us We’re Home by  Marina Budhos
Realistic Fiction

Three immigrant girls from different parts of the world meet and become close friends in a small New Jersey town where their mothers have found domestic work, but their relationships are tested when one girl's mother is accused of stealing a precious heirloom.

Available: book

TequilaWorm by Viola Canales
Realistic Fiction
Sofia grows up in the close-knit community of the barrio in McAllen, Texas, then finds that her experiences as a scholarship student at an Episcopal boarding school in Austin only strengthen her ties to family and her "comadres."

Available: book, ebook

Science Fiction

When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or "Smekday" Eve since the Boov invasion), 11 year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her and meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her and save the planet from disaster.

Available: book, cd, eaudio

I Pledge Allegiance (Vietnam series) by Chris Lynch
Historical Fiction

Four best friends serving in the Vietnam War make a pledge to one another that they will do all they can to return home safely together.
Take a look at this video to get a sense
 Available: book


Anonymous said...

I love "The True Meaning of Smekday" and the "Leviathon" series!!!! I probably will love the rest, but I haven't read them (yet).

nico said...

Great to hear! Let us know what you think of the rest of your summer reading choices :)!

William Braylen said...

nice post