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Reading List for 8th Grade ELA from Springboard

Unit 1: The Challenge of Heroism

Independent Reading Focus: Narratives about a
mythological hero and stories about historical and
modern heroes
Treasure of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods,
Goddesses, Heroes and Monsters
George Washington: The Crossing by Jack and Mark
Who is Bill Gates? by Patricia Brenna Demuth
Oprah: A Biography by Kitty Kelley
Stealing Home: The Story of Jackie Robinson by Barry
Cesar Chavez: Autobiography by Jacques E. Levy
Unit 2: The Challenge of Utopia
Independent Reading Focus: Science Fiction
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules
Animal Farm by George Orwell
1984 by George Orwell
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Matched by Ally Condie
The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Unit 3: The Challenge to Make a Difference
Independent Reading Focus: Holocaust narratives (at
least a class set variety of texts) and narratives about
an individual who made a difference in the world or who
tried to confront social injustice
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
The Devils Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
I am a Star: Child of the Holocaust by Inge Auerbacher
Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
I Have Lived a Thousand Years by Livia Bitton-Jackson
Once by Morris Gleitzman
The Wave by Todd Strasser
The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Waging Peace: The Story of Jane Addams by Peggy

Nelson Mandela: A Biography by Jacob Smith
Night by Ellie Wiesel
Picture Books: Holocaust themed
Unit 4: The Challenge of Comedy
Independent Reading Focus: humorous novels
Suggestions: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by
Douglas Adams
No More Magic by AVI
Nothing But the Truth by AVI
Teen Idol by Meg Cabot
The Joey Pigza series by Jack Gantos
Flipped by Wendelin VanDraanen
Crush by Ellen Conford
I Love You, I Hate You, Get Lost by Ellen Conford
How I Spent My Last Night on Earth by Todd Strasser
How I Created My Perfect Prom Date by Todd Strasser
Dear Mrs. Ryan, Youre Ruining My LIfe by Jennifer B.
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
Schooled by Gordon Korman
Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen
Masters of Disaster by Gary Paulsen
The Teachers Funeral by Richard Peck
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen