Middle School Summer Reading List – Eighth Grade

2019 – West Genesee Central School District – going into 8th Grade Summer Reading List

Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights / Steve Sheinkin Vivid and compelling, The Port Chicago 50 tells the story of fifty African American sailors in a strictly segregated U.S. Navy who stood up for their humanity and were charged with mutiny. (Nonfiction) MS Summer Reading Book Cover Port Chicago 50
The Boys in the Boat: the true story of an American team’s epic journey to win gold at the 1936 Olympics (Young Reader’s edition) / Daniel James Brown In 1936 Berlin, a rowing team of working-class young men from the American West faced off against teams from Germany and Italy in the Olympics. Discusses the personal challenges each one of them faced during the Great Depression, the odds they overcame in making the team, and their triumphant finish. (Nonfiction) The Boys in the Boat Book Cover
Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie / Jordan Sonnenblick When his younger brother is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven tries to deal with his complicated emotions, his school life, and his desire to support his family. (Realistic fiction) Drums Book Cover
Pieces of Why / K. L. Going Tia lives in a white slum in New Orleans with her mother, and her whole life revolves around singing in the gospel choir with her best friend, Keisha. However, when there is a shooting outside the church, and a baby is killed, it triggers long-buried memories in Tia and she finds that she cannot sing until she confronts her feelings about her incarcerated father who killed a girl in a failed robbery years before. (Realistic fiction) Pieces of Why Book Cover
Amal Unbound/ Aisha Saeed Life for 12-year-old Amal is a happy one. She lives with her parents and three younger sisters on a farm in rural Pakistan, is a star student, and has plans to become a teacher. But when her mother gives birth to a fifth daughter, her life changes forever when Amal talks back to a powerful person in her village and is forced to become an indentured servant to pay back an old family debt.  (Realistic fiction) MS Summer Reading Book Cover Amal Unbound
The Scourge / Jennifer Nielson   As a lethal plague sweeps through the land, Ani Mells is shocked when she is unexpectedly captured by the governor’s wardens and forced to submit to a test for the deadly Scourge. She is even more surprised when the test results come back positive, and she is sent to Attic Island, a former prison turned refuge—and quarantine colony—for the ill. However, Ani quickly discovers that she doesn’t know the whole truth about her society and is determined to find out. But will finding the truth put her in danger? (Fantasy) MS Summer Reading Book Cover The Scourge

(Covers and summaries from our book vendor, Mackin)