Summer Reading Book List 2017-2018

Students in 8th grade will choose two books to read from the selections below. The students will be assessed the first week back to school in the fall. Please scroll to the bottom of this document for assessment details.


Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli

ISBN-13: 978-0439444439

Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted at first, then, they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love.


Among the Hidden – Margaret P. Haddix

ISBN-13: 978-0689824753

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke, an illegal third child, has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm in this start to the Shadow Children series from Margaret Peterson Haddix. Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.  Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside. Then, one day Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he's met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows -- does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?


Teacher’s Funeral – Richard Peck

ISBN-13: 978-0142405079

If your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time of year for it," begins Richard Peck's latest novel, a book of his signature wit and sass. Russell Culver is fifteen in 1904, and he's raring to leave his tiny Indiana farm town for the endless sky of the Dakotas. To him, school has been nothing but a chain holding him back from his dreams. now that his teacher has passed on, they'll shut the school down entirely and leave him free to roam. No such luck. Russell has a particularly eventful season of schooling ahead of him, led by a teacher he never could have predicted-perhaps the only teacher equipped to control the likes of him: his sister Tansy. Despite stolen supplies, a privy fire, and more than any classroom's share of snakes, Tansy will manage to keep that school alive and maybe, just maybe, set her brother on a new, wiser course

Alabama Moon-Watt Key

ISBN—13: 978-0312384289

For as long as ten-year-old Moon can remember, he has lived out in the forest in a shelter with his father. They keep to themselves; their only contact with other human beings an occasional trip to the general store. When Moon’s father dies, Moon follows his father’s last instructions: to travel to Alaska and find others like themselves. But Moon is soon caught and entangled in a world he doesn’t understand; he’s become the property of the government he has been avoiding all his life. As he encounters constables, jails, institutions, and true friends, he adapts his wilderness skills and learns to survive in the outside world.

                                                      Summer reading beginning of the year assessments (7-9)


Book Report Formats for Grades 7-8

7th and 8th English Summer Reading Book Assessments


The first Friday after school starts, the students will test on the summer reading book of their choice. The test on one of the books they chose will have objective questions such as character matching and multiple-choice and will also include discussion questions.


For the second book of choice, write a book report using the form below.  The book report is due the first Friday after school starts.



I. Title


II. Author


III. Setting


IV. Main Characters: Two or three sentences telling who they are, and why they are important.


V. Plot: Summarize the plot, and explain what happens in the book.


VI. Theme: What is the theme of the story?


VII. Briefly explain what you thought of the book.


VIII. Vocabulary: List twenty-five words that you did not already know and define them.