8th grade Summer Reading RISING 8th graders may choose any title from the 7th or 8th grade list Fiction/Non-Fiction Pairings You are required to read one book from the attached list. It is recommended that you choose a non-fiction text to supplement your novel. An American Plague- Jim Murphy Slave ships brought the plague to America as far back as 1648, and over the centuries yellow fever epidemics plagued the United States. This is a well researched book about the plague and of modern epidemics. (Non-Fiction) Fever 1793 - Laurie Halse Anderson Fever 1793 is based on an actual epidemic of yellow fever in Philadelphia that wiped out 5,000 people--or 10 percent of the city's population--in three months. At the close of the 18th century, Philadelphia was the bustling capital of the United States, with Washington and Jefferson in residence. During the hot mosquito-infested summer of 1793, the dreaded yellow fever spread like wildfire. (Non-fiction) I am Malala (Young Readers Edition) by Malala Yousafzai I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. (Autobiography) The Breadwinner- by Deborah Ellis A powerful and realistic tale of a young girl named Parvana who lives in Kabul, Afghanistan during the Taliban rule. When her father is arrested, Parvana must find a way to help her family to survive. (Realistic fiction) Three Cups of Tea (Young Readers Edition) by Greg Mortenson When Greg Mortenson became lost in the mountains of Pakistan, he wandered into a poor village where he was nursed back to health by the village chief. To repay this kind act, he promised to return and build a school for the children. (Autobiography) The Breadwinner- by Deborah Ellis (see above) Hitler's Last Days by Bill O’Reilly, is a gripping account of the death of one of the most reviled villains of the 20th century--a man whose regime of murder and terror haunts the world even today. Adapted from Bill O'Reilly's historical thriller Killing Patton, this book will have young readers--and grown-ups too-hooked on history. (Non-fiction) Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen Hannah is tired of hearing about the Nazis during the Holocaust, but when she opens the door for Elijah at the Passover Seder, she is transported in time to 1940’s Poland, where she is captured and put in a death camp. A girl named Rivka befriends her, teaching her how to survive. Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the Worlds’ Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sneinkin In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos.(non-fiction) The Green Glass Sea- by Ellen Klages It’s 1943 and 10-year-old budding inventor Dewey Kerrigan sets off with her father to do secret war work in New Mexico. As the adults work on “the gadget,” the kids at Los Alamos are often left to their own devices. When the atomic bomb tests are finally successful, both children and adults grapple with the ethical implications as they realize how “the gadget” will be used. The unique atmosphere of the secretive scientific community is clearly presented in this excellent historical novel. (Realistic Fiction) We encourage parents to be actively involved in their child’s reading selections. We believe that our suggested titles are appropriate for the grade level. However, reading ability, personal interest, emotional maturity, and family values are all factors that will influence your child’s book selection. Please contact Mrs. Lanciotti if you have questions or need suggestions: email@example.com Fiction titles A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass Mia Winchell has synesthesia, the mingling of perceptions whereby a person can see sounds, smell colors, or taste shapes. Forced to reveal her condition, she must look to herself to develop an understanding and appreciation of her gift in this coming-of-age novel. Artemis Fowl series-Eoin Colfer This rip-roaring, 21stcentury romp of the highest order is a combination of folklore, fantasy, and a fistful of high-tech. These two crime caper fantasies feature antihero Artemis Fowl, a twelve-year-old boy-genius and the last of a clan of international underworld figures and con artists. Rough 'n' tumble storytelling with plenty of attitude Breadwinner-Deborah Ellis Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, 11-year-old Parvana has rarely been outdoors. Barred from attending school, shopping at the market, or even playing in the streets of Kabul, the heroine of Deborah Ellis's engrossing children's novel The Breadwinner is trapped inside her family's one-room home. That is, until the Taliban hauls away her father and Parvana realizes that it's up to her to become the "breadwinner" and disguise herself as a boy to support her mother, two sisters, and baby brother. Chains- Laurie Halse Anderson As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two-Joseph Bruchac After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue. Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen Hannah dreads going home to her family's Passover Seder. Her relatives always tell the same stories, and Hannah is tired of hearing them. It's always about the past. But when she opens the front door to symbolically welcome the prophet Elijah, she's immediately transported to a Polish village and the year in 1942! Why is she there, and who is this "Chaya" that everyone seems to think she is? Fever 1793-Laurie Halse Anderson Fever 1793 is based on an actual epidemic of yellow fever in Philadelphia that wiped out 5,000 people--or 10 percent of the city's population--in three months. In the foreground of this story is 16-year-old Mattie Cook. Her comfortable and interesting life is shattered by the epidemic, as her mother is felled and the girl and her grandfather must flee for their lives. Inkheart series- by Cornelia Funke One cruel night, Meggie's father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART-- and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. The Green Glass Sea-Ellen Klages It's 1943, and eleven-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is en route to New Mexico to live with her mathematician father. Soon she arrives at a town that, officially, doesn't exist. It is called Los Alamos, and it is abuzz with activity, as scientists and mathematicians from all over America and Europe work on the biggest secret of all--"the gadget." None of them--not J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project; not the mathematicians and scientists; and least of all, Dewey--know how much "the gadget" is about to change their lives. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. Million Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica Thirteen-year-old Nate Brodie's life would seem to be the stuff of adolescent boys' dreams. However, all is not smooth sailing. The Brodies are in danger of losing their home in the economic downturn, and Abby's eyesight is failing due to a rare congenital disease. Nate thinks he may have the opportunity to solve all of his problems when he wins the chance to make a million dollars by throwing a football through a small target during halftime at a pro football game. The Thief Lord-by Cornelia Funke Two orphaned brothers, Prosper and Bo, have run away to Venice, where crumbling canals and misty alleyways shelter a secret community of street urchins. Leader of this motley crew of lost children is a clever, charming boy with a dark history of his own: He calls himself the Thief Lord.