Middle School Summer Reading List – Eighth Grade

Printable Version of 8th Grade Summer Reading List

2021 – West Genesee Central School District – going into 8th Grade Summer Reading List

The Apothecary / Maile Maloy Janie, an American girl whose life unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in 1952, gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war. (Adventure, Historical fiction) Book Cover for the Apothecary
Genesis Begins Again / Alicia D. Williams After her family is evicted (again), Genesis has to worry about a new home and school, as well as the unraveling of her family from past secrets. Teased for her dark skin and kinky hair, Genesis feels invisible, unloved, and un-pretty; her journey teaches her that physical appearance is no guide to a person’s character. (Realistic fiction) Book Cover Genesis Begins Again
House Arrest / 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. (Realistic fiction) Book Cover House Arrest
Projekt 1065/ Alan Gratz  Michael O’Shaunessey and his parents move from Ireland to Nazi Germany in the middle of World War II. Like other boys in his new town, Michael joins the Hitler Youth, but unlike everyone else, Michael and his family are spies, showing false support for Hitler in order to gain information for the other side. But as the stakes get higher and higher, Michael is not sure he’s up to the task. (Historical fiction) Book Cover for Projekt 1065
The Scourge / Jennifer Nielson When the lethal plague known as the Scourge returns to Keldan the victims are sent to Attic Island, and Ani Mells of the River People is among them–but Ani does not feel sick, and with the help of her best friend, Weevil, she sets out to uncover the truth of what is happening, and expose the lies the people of Keldan have been told. (Dystopian fiction) MS Summer Reading Book Cover The Scourge
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team / Steve Sheinkin Jim Thorpe: Super athlete, Olympic gold medalist, Native American; Pop Warner: Indomitable coach, football mastermind, Ivy League grad. Before these men became legends, they met in 1907 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, where they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. Called “the team that invented football,” they took on the best opponents of their day, defeating much more privileged schools such as Harvard and the Army in a series of breathtakingly close calls, genius plays, and bone-crushing hard work. (Sports) Book Cover Undefeated

These books may be purchased from the following companies, or your student can download and read on OverDrive/Sora, available through our District library subscription.

For information about OverDrive/Sora, contact the librarian in your student’s elementary school, or their middle school, using the links on the District website.

If you have any trouble accessing the PDF documents on this page, please contact the Publications Office at publications@westgenesee.org or call (315) 487-2179.