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Summer Reading 2019 Entering 8th Grade

Princeton Public Schools - Summer Reading Recommendations 2019

Student Entering Eighth Grade

At John Witherspoon Middle School, our readers benefit from the variety of fiction and nonfiction titles we offer during Reading Workshop in our English classes.  As we believe in and stress the importance of reading beyond the school year, we will be offering a few suggested titles that are developmentally appropriate for all of our students who share varied ability levels, learning styles and interests.

As a result, we are offering twelve fiction and twelve nonfiction suggested titles at each grade level in our middle school as a reflective example of what students will find in each classroom library.  In September, students should bring a copy of one of the texts read over the summer and expect to answer a variety of reader-response questions regarding their summer choices during the first full week of school.  If the text selected for use in class is not on this list, it may be brought to class if it is of comparable merit and the student has a parent's or guardian's permission. 

Fiction Selections

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Bull Run by Paul Fleischman

Children of Blood and Bone: Legacy of Orisha, Book 1 by Tomi Adeyemi

Counting by 7's by Holly Goldberg Sloane

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Flygirl by Sherri Smith

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton

Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jorden Sonnenblick


Nonfiction Selections

The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor by Sonia Sotomayor

Blizzard of Glass:  the Halifax Explosion of 1917 by Sally M. Walker

The Boys in the Boat (YA Adaptation) by Daniel James Brown

Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson

Flying Higher: Women Airforce Service Pilots of WW II by Wanda Langley

Freedom Walkers by Russell Freedman

Photo By Brady: A Picture of the Civil War by Jennifer Armstrong

The Plot to Kill Hitler by Patricia McCormick

The Race to Save the Lord God Bird by Phillip Hoose

Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner

The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown

Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer

 Princeton Public Schools

Extended Summer Reading List 2019

Entering Eighth Grade

Did you read through the whole list and need more suggestions?!?  Below are a few of our book award winners, favorite lists of book recommendations created by others, and audiobook pairings*.  While perusing the lists, bear in mind that most of the lists include books that are appropriate for middle school reading levels but may contain content that is not be appropriate for middle school students.

Amelia Bloomer Book List feminist themes

American Indian Youth Literature Award - books by and about Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature promoting Asian American cultures and heritages

Batchelder Award books originally published in another country and also translated to English

Book Riot's 50 Must Read Middle Grade Graphic Novels

Charlotte Huck Award - National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)'s award for fiction

Charlotte Zolotow Award best picture book text

Children's Choice Awards and Children's Choices Reading List chosen for kids by kids

Coretta Scott King Award African American culture and universal human values

Global Read-Aloud (Fall 2019)

Jane Addams Children's Book Award - peace, social justice, global community and equity books

I Read This Book

Manga for Middle Schoolers

Mathical Award Winners - books with a mathematical theme

LGBTQ Inclusive

NCTE's Excellence in Poetry Award - for poets who publish for children

NSTA's Outstanding Trade Books in Science

Newbery Award distinguished contributions to children's literature (usually middle grade fiction)

New York Public Library's Best Books for Children Lists

New York Times 2018 Notable Children's Books

Orbis Pictus Award National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)’s award for non-fiction

PPL Suggestions for Teens

Pura Belpre Award celebrating the Latinx experience

Schneider Family Book Award artistic representation of the disability experience

Scott O'Dell Award historical fiction

Sibert Informational Book Award distinguished non-fiction

Stonewall Award GLBT books

Sync Audiobooks for Teens

We are KidLit Summer Reading List

*Audiobooks are a great source of text for readers who may experience motion sickness during travel by air, land, or sea.