CVMS and Crispell Middle Schools: Eighth Grade Honors Summer Reading List 2019-2020

Below you will find a list of books to choose from as you embark on your summer reading project.

  • You are to pick one of the units and read two of the books listed in that unit.¬† Upon your return to school you will be asked to write an evidence based claim essay based on the text that you selected.
  • The choices below complement the texts we will be reading this year in class.
  • You will receive the writing assignment when you return to school and will write the essay in class
  • You must take notes as you read the book so that when you are asked to write the essay, you will be able to find evidence for your paper.
  • If you purchase the book, feel free to use the annotation skills you gained in 7th grade to assist you.

Finding Home: Refugees Unit:

  • The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai
  • Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

World War Two:

  • Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz ( Ruth Gruener, Jack Gruener)
  • Once by Morris Gleitzman
  • The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow


  • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Suggestions for note taking:

The following literary elements will be a focus in your summer reading assignment. Be sure to underline, highlight, and annotate for evidence that relates to the following literary elements.

Characterization, Conflict, Setting, and Theme

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