Dive Into 8th Grade Summer Reading

Summer 2020

included here:

  • Summer Reading Book Fair Information
  • Rising 8th Grade English
  • Rising 8th Grade LPA English
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SUMMER READING BOOK FAIR HAS GONE VIRTUAL

The Friends of the Library team looks forward each year to hosting the Learning Commons Summer Reading Book Fair--it's a great way to let students browse and choose their summer reading, and all proceeds go toward enrichments like author visits and special collections. This year, we invite you to participate in our Virtual Summer Reading Book Fair, being run through Amazon's Smile program and open for business now and throughout the summer. If you would like a small percentage of your purchases to go toward library enrichments, at no cost to you, click here. All book titles below are linked to Amazon Smile. *Please note: The Amazon Smile account is named North Broward PSTA Inc, but all Amazon Smile funding will go directly to the Upper School Friends of the Library.

Kindle Purchase Instructions

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If you would like to purchase, download, and read your selection in digital format on your school iPad, click the file below for instructions.

Rising 8th Grade

Welcome to Summer, dear readers!


For your assigned Summer Reading, each Middle School student will read a total of at least three (3) books this summer:


  1. ALL incoming 8th graders will read the same Core Novel (The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen), which will form the basis of the first unit of study for Trimester 1 in August.

    1. In addition to reading this Core Novel, all students must complete the Annotation Assignment (scroll down) for the Core Novel, The Running Dream.

  2. All students will read one book from the Choice List.

  3. All students will read one book from the Thanhha Lai list, as she will be our visiting author in September.


Successfully reading (and ENJOYING) these books will translate into starting the year strong. Please return to school in August ready to discuss all aspects of the core novel, as well as your chosen book(s).


Most books are available in several formats, including paperback, audio (Overdrive, CD, Audible.com, iTunes) and eBook (Overdrive, Kindle, iTunes). No matter which versions you read or listen to, you must also own/borrow a print or digital copy of your core book to bring to class in August.

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The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.

annotation assignment below

Thanhha Lai List (choose one)

Inside Out and Back Again

A young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama. Written in compelling free verse.


Listen, Slowly

A California girl born and raised, Mai can’t wait to spend her vacation at the beach. Instead, she has to travel to Vietnam with her grandmother, who is going back to find out what really happened to her husband during the Vietnam War.

Choice List (choose one)

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

Unhappy about being sent to the same summer camp after their fathers start dating, Bett and Avery, eleven, eventually begin scheming to get the couple back together after a break-up. Now that they can't imagine life without each other, will the two girls figure out a way to be a family? Told entirely through emails.


All Fall Down (Embassy Row series, bk. 1) by Ally Carter

There are many powerful people along Embassy Row who want Grace to block out all her unpretty thoughts. But Grace will not stop until she finds out who killed her mother and makes the killer pay.


House Arrest by K.A. Holt

Timothy is a good kid who did a bad thing. Now he's under house arrest for a whole year. He has to check in weekly with a probation officer and a therapist, keep a journal, and stay out of trouble. But when he must take drastic measures to help his struggling family, staying out of trouble proves more difficult than Timothy ever thought it would be. A touching and funny novel written in verse.


Fast Break by Mike Lupica

Forced to live on his own after his mom dies, 12-year-old Jayson does whatever it takes to get by. He manages to get away with his deception until the day he gets caught stealing a new pair of basketball sneakers. Game over.


Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Before Sloane, Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—someone who yanks you out of your shell. But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. She left a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane?


Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

A whimsical exploration of the role detours play in life follows a group of students who become so engaged in everyday activities while taking 10 different routes home from school that they fail to notice a school bus that has dropped from the sky.


Legend (Legend series, bk. 1) by Marie Lu

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

Rising 8th Grade LPA

Welcome to Summer, dear readers!


For your assigned Summer Reading, each Middle School student will read a total of at least two (2) books this summer:


  1. All students will read one book from the Choice List.

  2. All students will read one book from the Thanhha Lai list, as she will be our visiting author in September.

  3. All students must complete the Annotation & Reaction Assignments.

Successfully reading (and ENJOYING) these books will translate into starting the year strong. Please return to school in August ready to discuss all aspects of your choice book, as well as one from the Thanhha Lai List.


Most books are available in several formats, including paperback, audio (Overdrive, CD, Audible.com, iTunes) and eBook (Overdrive, Kindle, iTunes).

No matter which versions you read or listen to, you must also own a print or digital copy of your core book to bring to class in August.

Choice List (choose one)

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

Unhappy about being sent to the same summer camp after their fathers start dating, Bett and Avery, eleven, eventually begin scheming to get the couple back together after a break-up. Now that they can't imagine life without each other, will the two girls figure out a way to be a family? Told entirely through emails. Lexile: 770


All Fall Down (Embassy Row series, bk. 1) by Ally Carter

There are many powerful people along Embassy Row who want Grace to block out all her unpretty thoughts. But Grace will not stop until she finds out who killed her mother and makes the killer pay. Lexile: 610


House Arrest by K.A. Holt

Timothy is a good kid who did a bad thing. Now he's under house arrest for a whole year. He has to check in weekly with a probation officer and a therapist, keep a journal, and stay out of trouble. But when he must take drastic measures to help his struggling family, staying out of trouble proves more difficult than Timothy ever thought it would be. A touching and funny novel written in verse. Lexile: 610


Ghost (Track series, bk. 1) by Jason Reynolds

Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential. Lexile: 730


Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Before Sloane, Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—someone who yanks you out of your shell. But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. She left a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane? Lexile: 970


Legend (Legend series, bk. 1) by Marie Lu

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy. Lexile: 710


Ungifted (Ungifted series, bk. 1) by Gordon Korman

Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at middle school. Lexile 730

8th grade LPA assignments

  • CHOICE BOOK ASSIGNMENT
  • VISITING AUTHOR BOOK ASSIGNMENT

(Click Below):

Thanhha Lai List (choose one)

Inside Out and Back Again

A young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama. Written in compelling free verse. Lexile: 800


Listen, Slowly

A California girl born and raised, Mai can’t wait to spend her vacation at the beach. Instead, she has to travel to Vietnam with her grandmother, who is going back to find out what really happened to her husband during the Vietnam War. Lexile: 800

Questions?

We hope you enjoy summer reading! If you have questions, contact Ms. Melanie Diamond, English Department Chair, at melanie.diamond@nbps.org.