• 8th Grade headeer
    2021 Summer Reading List


    All incoming 8th grade students must read TWO books over the summer - one required book plus one book of their choice from the listed provided below. 

    The ONE REQUIRED Reading Book:  

    The Schwa Was Here by Neil Shusterman

    They say his clothes blend into the background, no matter where he stands.  They say a lot of things about the Schwa, but one thing's for sure: no one ever noticed him except me.  My name is Antsy Bonano and I was the one who realized the Schwa was "functionally invisable" and used him to make some big bucks.  I was also the one who caused him more grief than a friend should.  So if you all shut up and listen, I'll tell you everything there is to know about the Schwa, from how he got his name to what really happened with his mom.


    For the SECOND novel, choose ONE of the following novels:


    Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson

    Based on rare archival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the manhunters, Chasing Lincoln's Killer is a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia. 


     Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

    Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. And ultimately, pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo. 


    Million Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica

    Nate Brodie is nicknamed “Brady” not only for his arm, but also because he’s the biggest Tom Brady fan. He’s even saved up to buy an autographed football. And when he does, he wins the chance for something he’s never dreamed of—to throw a pass through a target at a Patriots game for one million dollars.


    Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

    Formerly fat Colie cannot shed her poor self-image until she spends the summer with her eccentric aunt and develops a friendship with some interesting waitresses.





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