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8th Grade Summer Reading List

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Discover some popular reading options for summer reading lists for 8th graders. Find books that are reading level appropriate and that can help students work on reading comprehension over the summer.

The Chosen by Chaim Potok

Potok's novel follows two teenaged boys living in New York City at the end of World War II. Historical events and religion play important roles in the novel, as do the relationships between the boys and their fathers. Your students can become well-acquainted with key aspects of this novel by checking out Study.com's The Chosen: Summary, Characters & Author lesson.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Call of the Wild offers an adventure in the Yukon Territory with characters that include humans and dogs. The story was built on London's experiences during his youth and heavily features natural conditions. Students in your class can reference Study.com's The Call of the Wild: Summary, Setting & Characters lesson if they have any questions while reading this book.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

You can count on this novel by Twain to keep students' interest the whole way through. They'll be entertained by the mischievous Tom Sawyer, the trouble he causes, and the events that unfold during the adventure.

Students can explore a lesson on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer that includes a summary and overview of main characters. Another resource that zeroes in on this novel includes the Satire in Tom Sawyer lesson.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Students read about what happens when an obsession with death goes too far in this novel. The Frankenstein Study Guide will help ensure students get the most out of this classic, as well as understand how the novel differs from the movies that have been made.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre was originally published under a pen name and in many ways acted as a sort of autobiography for Bronte. The novel covers the twists and turns of Jane's life as she tries to make her way in the world. Students can utilize the Jane Eyre Study Guide if they have any issues when reading this book.

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Dickens' second novel follows the life and tribulations of a young orphan boy around London. The novel is full of interesting characters and plot twists to keep students engaged. The lesson Oliver Twist: Plot and Characters will help students understand why this is considered a social novel.

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