Non fiction books for 8th Graders

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8th Grade Book Report Information

8th Grade students need to read 40 points of book report points per semester. You may read two books worth 20 points each, or you may read books that are more challenging but worth more points. Any total book report points above 40 will count as extra credit points (up to a maximum of 10 points).

WORTH 20 POINTS

1. April Morning, Howard Fast [Lexington and Concord; April 19, 1775--The day America was born] FICTION

2. Across Five Aprils, Irene Hunt [How the Civil War affects a family] FICTION

3. ****The Red Badge of Courage, [study guide recommended] Stephen Crane [The mental anguish of a soldier who questions his courage. One of the great books of literature and of the American Civil War] FICTION

4. Rifles for Watie, Harold Keith [The moving story of a boy who fights for both sides during the Civil War] FICTION

5. The Ox-Bow Incident, Walther Van Tilburg Clark [A tough, classic western story] FICTION

6. The Education of Little Tree, Forrest Carter [A controversial but beautifully-written novel] FICTION

7. Time and Again Jack Finney [Time travel at its best. Travel back to the New York City of 1882. A lot of fun] FICTION

8. Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain [A timeless classic of boyhood in America] FICTION

9. Black Like Me, John Griffin [One of the most popular books for 8th graders; fascinating and disturbing, but true] FICTION

10. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Frederick Douglass [A classic autobiography]] BIOGRAPHY

11. White Fang, Jack London [If you like London, you'll love this book] FICTION

12. A Painted House, John Grisham [A best selling author and an engaging plot. Very enjoyable] FICTION

13. ****Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson (or other essays ) [study guide strongly recommended] [One of the most important books in all of American Literature, but it's not an easy read] NONFICTION

WORTH 25 POINTS

1. ****O Pioneers! or My Antonia, Willa Cather [study guide recommended for both novels] [Cather beautifully captures the joys and sorrows of the American heartland of the late 19th century] FICTION

2. The Travels of Jamie McPheeters, Robert Taylor (available from the Tehiyah Library] [Fast-paced; great story]] FICTION

3. April 1865: The Month That Saved America, Jay Winik [A clear, excellent review of the closing days of the Civil War] NONFICTION

4. ****The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X [study guide recommended] Powerful, disturbing, and enlightening story of one of America’s most controversial African-American leaders, who predicted his assassination] FICTION

5. ****The Jungle, Upton Sinclair [study guide recommended] [A classic; a slow starter, but keep reading] FICTION

6. The Big Sky, A. B. Guthrie, Jr [A wonderful and sweeping western epic] FICTION

7. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, B. Traven [A strange tale of gold and violence, beautifully written] FICTION

Source: mrtsblog.edublogs.org


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