Grade 8 – Reading List

Month 1: Historical Fiction

“The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank – Experience the poignant and powerful diary of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl hiding from the Nazis during World War II.

“The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” by John Boyne – Explore the friendship between Bruno, a German boy, and Shmuel, a Jewish boy in a concentration camp, during World War II.

“Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys – Follow the intertwining stories of refugees fleeing World War II as they seek safety aboard the ill-fated Wilhelm Gustloff ship.

Month 2: Classic Literature

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee – Witness the story of Scout Finch as she learns about racial injustice and moral courage in the racially charged atmosphere of 1930s Alabama.

“Animal Farm” by George Orwell – Enter a dystopian world where animals revolt against their human masters, highlighting the corruption and abuse of power.

“Lord of the Flies” by William Golding – Explore the descent into savagery as a group of boys stranded on a deserted island struggle to maintain order and civilization.

Month 3: Science Fiction and Fantasy

“1984” by George Orwell – Immerse yourself in a totalitarian society where Big Brother watches everyone, and individual freedom is suppressed.

“A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle – Join Meg Murry on a journey through space and time as she searches for her missing father and battles against dark forces.

“Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card – Follow Ender Wiggin as he trains in a futuristic military academy to become Earth’s greatest weapon against an alien invasion.

Month 4: Mystery and Suspense

“And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie – Engage in a thrilling whodunit as ten strangers are lured to an isolated island, and one by one, they start dying under mysterious circumstances.

“The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin – Solve the intricate puzzle and unravel the mystery of the Westing family fortune in this gripping and suspenseful novel.

“The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” by Arthur Conan Doyle – Join the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes and his loyal companion Dr. John Watson as they solve a series of intriguing cases.

Month 5: Poetry and Verse

“The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou” by Maya Angelou – Explore the powerful and inspiring poetry of Maya Angelou, delving into themes of identity, love, and resilience.

“The Odyssey” by Homer – Embark on an epic journey with Odysseus as he faces numerous challenges and battles on his way back home after the Trojan War.

“Songs of Innocence and Experience” by William Blake – Delight in the lyrical poems of William Blake, exploring themes of innocence, corruption, and the complexities of human nature.

Month 6: Biography and Autobiography

“The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank – Experience the poignant and powerful diary of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl hiding from the Nazis during World War II.

“I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” by Malala Yousafzai – Discover the inspiring story of Malala, a young advocate for girls’ education, and her fight against the Taliban in Pakistan.

“The Hiding Place” by Corrie ten Boom – Follow the true story of Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Christian who helped Jews escape the Nazis during World War II and her experiences in a concentration camp.

Month 7: Realistic Fiction

“The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton – Explore the world of rival gangs in this classic coming-of-age story that explores themes of identity, loyalty, and the divisions of social class.

“Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson – Follow the journey of Melinda as she navigates high school after a traumatic event, finding her voice and healing through art.

“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas – Dive into the powerful story of Starr Carter as she witnesses the fatal shooting of her unarmed friend by a police officer and finds her voice in the fight against racial injustice.

Month 8: Cultural and Historical Perspectives

“Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood” by Marjane Satrapi – Explore the graphic novel memoir of Marjane Satrapi, depicting her experiences growing up during the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

“Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson – Immerse yourself in the moving and lyrical verse memoir of Jacqueline Woodson as she reflects on her childhood and experiences as an African American girl growing up in the 1960s and 1970s.

“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini – Follow the complex friendship between Amir and Hassan in Afghanistan against the backdrop of political turmoil and the rise of the Taliban.

Month 9: Contemporary Fiction

“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green – Experience the poignant love story of Hazel and Gus, two teenagers living with cancer, as they navigate the complexities of life, love, and mortality.

“Wonder” by R.J. Palacio – Follow Auggie Pullman, a young boy with a facial deformity, as he starts attending public school for the first time, facing both challenges and acceptance.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky – Dive into the coming-of-age story of Charlie as he navigates high school, friendships, and personal struggles while discovering the power of acceptance and self-expression.

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