Grade 8

Book Selection 2017/18

 

Stargirl by Spinelli, Jerry

At first the students at Arizona’s Mica High School are captivated by Stargirl Caraway’s unusual, carefree behavior; however, she is soon shunned for everything that makes her unique in this story that pits individuality against conformity.
Reading Level: 5-8
Stars & Awards – 1

All the bright places by Niven, Jennifer

“Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, both teetering on the edge, it’s the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the “natural wonders” of the state of Indiana, and two teens’ desperate desire to heal and save one another”
Reading Level: YA
Stars & Awards – 5

Everything, everything by Yoon, Nicola

“The story of a teenage girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more”
Reading Level: YA
Stars & Awards – 3

Passion of Dolssa by Berry, Julie

In mid-thirteenth century Provence, Dolssa de Stigata is a fervently religious girl who feels the call to preach, condemned by the Inquisition as an “unnatural woman,” and hunted by the Dominican Friar Lucien who fears a resurgence of the Albigensian heresy.
Reading Level: YA
Stars & Awards – 7

The rest of us live here by Ness, Patrick

“What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school.”
Reading Level: YA
Stars & Awards – 5

The Scar Boys by Vlahos, Len

Written as a college admission essay, eighteen-year-old Harry Jones recounts a childhood defined by the hideous scars he hid behind, and how forming a band brought self-confidence, friendship, and his first kiss.
Reading Level: YA
Stars & Awards – 1

It’s kind of a funny story by Vizzini, Ned

New York City teenager Craig Gilner succumbs to academic and social pressures at an elite high school and enters a psychiatric hospital after attempting suicide.
Reading Level: YA
Stars & Awards – 3

We are the ants by Hutchinson, David

“Abducted by aliens periodically throughout his youth, Henry Denton is informed by his erstwhile captors that they will end the world in 144 days unless he stops them by deciding that humanity is worth saving.”

 

Books we have read:

 

Staying fat for Sarah Byrnes by Crutcher, Chris

The daily class discussions about the nature of man, the existence of God, abortion, organized religion, suicide and other contemporary issues serve as a backdrop for a high-school senior’s attempt to answer a friend’s dramatic cry for help.

Jasper Jones by Silvey, Craig

In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.

We are the ants by Hutchinson, David

“Abducted by aliens periodically throughout his youth, Henry Denton is informed by his erstwhile captors that they will end the world in 144 days unless he stops them by deciding that humanity is worth saving.”

Bone Gap by Ruby, Laura

Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.

Salt to the sea by Sepetys, Ruta

“As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war’s final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull”

The Scar Boys by Vlahos, Len

Written as a college admission essay, eighteen-year-old Harry Jones recounts a childhood defined by the hideous scars he hid behind, and how forming a band brought self-confidence, friendship, and his first kiss.

Mosquitoland by Arnold, David

“When she learns that her mother is sick in Ohio, Mim confronts her demons on a thousand-mile odyssey from Mississippi that redefines her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane”

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Riggs, Ransom

Sixteen-year-old Jacob, having traveled to a remote island after a family tragedy, discovers an abandoned orphanage, and, after some investigating, he learns the children who lived there may have been dangerous and quarantined and may also still be alive.

Elsewhere

Elsewhere by Zevin, Gabrielle

After fifteen-year-old Liz Hall is hit by a taxi and killed, she finds herself in a place that is both like and unlike Earth, where she must adjust to her new status and figure out how to “live.”

13 reasons why

13 Reasons Why by Asher, Jay

High school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing seven cassette tapes recorded by his crush, Hannah Baker, who committed suicide, and spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Whale Talk

Whale Talk by Crutcher, Chris

Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school’s less popular students.

The maze runner by Dashner, James

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

The knife of never letting go by Ness, Patrick

Todd, one month away from an important birthday, learns all the tough lessons of adulthood when he is forced to flee after discovering a secret near the town where he lives.

The white darkness : a novel by McCaughrean, Geraldine

First published: Great Britain: Oxford University Press, 2005. Taken to Antarctica by the man she thinks of as her uncle for what she believes to be a vacation, Symone–a troubled fourteen year old–discovers that he is dangerously obsessed with seeking Symme’s Hole, an opening that supposedly leads into the center of a hollow Earth.

Wintergirls by Anderson, Laurie Halse

Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend’s death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

An abundance of Katherines by Green, John

Title is presented as a mathematical equation. Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

   
Cover image Three cups of tea : one man’s extraordinary journey to promote peace–one school at a time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Greg Mortenson recounts the experiences he had while trying to help impoverished villages in Pakistan’s Karakoram Himalaya build schools for their children.
Cover image Into the wild by Jon Krakauer.Tells the story of Chris McCandless, a twenty-four-year-old who walked into the Alaskan wilderness on an idealistic journey and was found dead of starvation four months later. Attempts to discover what led the young man to that point.
Cover image The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie ; art by Ellen Forney. Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Native American is the school mascot.
Cover image Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson. After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.
Cover image Black & white by Malorie Blackman.The forbidden love between Callum, who is a member of the second class citizens the naughts, and Sephy, who belongs to the ruling elite called the cross, is tested when Sephy and her mother are nearly caught in a terrorist bombing and Callum’s father is the prime suspect.
Cover image Staying fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher (Series: Laurel-leaf books)The daily class discussions about the nature of man, the existence of God, abortion, organized religion, suicide and other contemporary issues serve as a backdrop for a high-school senior’s attempt to answer a friend’s dramatic cry for help.

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