8th Grade Summer Reading List

The following is the summer reading list from which you are required to read two books of your choice.  Use the format provided for your book reports for each of the two books.  The book reports must be submitted by September 8.

Title/ Author/ From the Scholastic Book Fair List                                                                 

  • Treasure Island  by  Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The High King by Lloyd Alexander
  • The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse
  • Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
  • The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse
  • Beyond the Western Sea by Avi
  • A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
  • Messenger  by Lois Lowry
  • Pirates!  by Celia Rees
  • Twenty Thousand Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  • The Time Machine by H.G.Wells
  • The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Kingdom Series by Chuck Black
  • Sugar Creek Gang Series by Paul Hutchens
  • Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol
  • The Maze Runner From the Scholastic Book Fair List
  • Fantastic Beasts From the Scholastic Book Fair List
  • Traveler From the Scholastic Book Fair List
  • The Scourge From the Scholastic Book Fair List
  • The Lightning Queen From the Scholastic Book Fair List
  • Dark Tide From the Scholastic Book Fair List

Read the novel you have selected.  As you read, write your answers to these questions.  Finish your answers on another sheet of paper if you need more room.

  1. The setting of a novel is the place where the action takes place as well as the historical period in which it occurs.  What is the setting of your novel?

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  1. The characters in a novel are the people who carry the story forward.  Who are the main characters in your novel?

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  1. The plot of a novel is the series of events that make up the story.  A plot has a beginning, middle, a climax or high point of interest, and an end.  What is the plot of your novel?

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  1. The narrator is the person through whose eyes the action of the novel is seen.  Many novels are told from the point of view of a single narrator.  Sometimes, the narrator knows the thoughts of some or all of the characters.  Who is the narrator of your novel and what point of view does he or she have.

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  1. The theme is the central idea of a work.  It is the main statement that the author is trying to covey.  What is the theme of the novel you read?

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