8th grade booktalks
March 27, 2018: YA books (because you've read all the MS books...??)
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
- F BLO. sports, suspense.
- Paul Fisher is basically blind--he has to wear THICK glasses in order to see at all.
- When his family moves to Tangerine County, Florida, he starts to notice strange things happening--a sinkhole has swallowed an entire school, lightning strikes at the exact same time every day, etc.
- Paul also has to deal with his football playing bully of a big brother--life is not easy.
- Only when Paul joins the soccer team does he start to realize the secrets of his new town and find out what's really going on in the town--and his family.
The Battle of Jericho by Sharon Draper
- F DRA. realistic fiction, school setting.
- How far would you go in order to belong?
- Jericho is so excited when he and his cousin are invited to pledge for the Warriors of Distinction, the oldest and most exclusive club at his school. AND, it gets him the attention of the girl he's always been too shy to talk to.
- When the tasks Jericho and the other pledges must complete become more and more humiliating, he has to decide what price he is willing to pay. How much is worth it?
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
- F SAN. adventure, puzzles, murder mystery.
- Set in London, Christopher is an apprentice to the apothecary Master Benedict Blackthorn. When the city's apothecaries start to be murdered one by one, Christopher must get to the bottom of why and how it is happening.
- from other reviewers: page-turning action, plenty of gore, read if you liked Percy Jackson
- book trailer
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
- F SON. realistic fiction, relationships (between brothers and family).
- Steven has a normal life: he plays in his school's jazz band, he has a crush on a girl, he has an annoying five year old brother. But when his brother is diagnosed with leukemia, his world turns upside down.
- Full of moments that will make you laugh--and cry.
October 24, 2017: more recommended reads
Beanball by Gene Fehler
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Samurai Rising: the epic life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner
You won't believe this one is true.
On the Fence by Kasie West
tomboy + boy next door + best friend romance = On the FenceSixteen year old Charlotte Reynolds (aka Charlie) has grown up with her dad and three older brothers. She also has a fourth "brother," her next door neighbor Braden. This makes her an expert at all things sports but not an expert related to anything "girl." When she is forced to start working at a clothing store, though, she starts to change and realizes she sort of likes it. These changes lead to other changes, though, and she's not sure she's ready for those.
September 26, 2017: student recommended books!
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Verdict: sad but good book ahead!
The Rebounder by Thomas Dygard
Verdict: pretty old book, but if you like basketball you might like this one!
Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Verdict: called a super-hero thriller, a cross between X-Men and the movie Ocean's Eleven.
Soldier X by Don L. Wulffson
Verdict: based on a conversation the author had with a survivor, this is a great WWII read!