Summer Reading

Summer provides an excellent opportunity for students to read for enjoyment and to learn to pace their work to establish an achievable timeline throughout the summer.

Expand the folders below to find book selections and summer reading requirements for your child. Be sure to read the books for the grade that your child will be entering in the fall.

For Students Entering Pre-K through Grade 2

Our summer reading list includes books that were recommended by our teachers and students. Every child is unique in terms of their interests, however. We hope you will explore biographies, magazines, non fiction and poetry, too. Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, and Mary Ann Hoberman are just a few of our favorite poets.

PICTURE BOOKS

After the Fall by Dan Santat
Betty Bunny Wants Everything! by Michael Kaplan
Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper
A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobdkina
A Chair for my Mother by Vera B. Williams
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Curious George by H.A. Rey
Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
George and Martha by James Marshall
Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned his ABC's (the hard way) by Patrick McDonnell
No, David! by David Shannon
Olivia by Ian Falconer
A Penguin Story by Antoinette Portis
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola
The Stuff of Stars by Mario Dane Bauer, Illustrated by Ekua Holmes
Thank you, Omu! by Oge Mora
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

BEGINNING EARLY READERS

Biscuit by Alyssa Capucilli
Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems
Elephant and Piggie Like to Read series by various authors
Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant
Penny by Kevin Henkes
Puppy Mudge by Cynthia Rylant

EARLY READERS

Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish
Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin
Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder, Illustrated by Emily Hughes
Cork and Fuzz by Don Chaconas
The Crabby Books Scholastic Acorn Series
Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor
A Friend for Dragon  Scholastic Acorn Series
Hello Hedgehog  Scholastic Acorn Series
King & Kayla by Dori Hillstead Butler, illustrated by Nancy Meyers
Ling & Ting by Grace Lin
Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo
Mr. Putter and Tabby by Cynthia Rylant
Princess in Black series by Shannon Hale
Rabbit & Robot by Cece Bell

Mr. Putter & TabbyElephant & Piggie

BEGINNING CHAPTER BOOKS

A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
Animal Rescue Team by Sue Stauffacher
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Judy Moody by Megan McDonald
Lighthouse Family by Cynthia Rylant
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo
Ramona by Beverly Cleary
Roscoe Riley by Katherine Applegate
The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron

The Stories Julian Tells

 

CHAPTER BOOKS

Baseball Card Adventures by Dan Gutman
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Critter Club by Callie Barkley
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Dragon Masters series by Tracey West
Dragon Slayers’ Academy by Kate McMullan
Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton
Heidi Heckelbeck series by Wanda Coven
Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows
Jasmine Toguchi series by Debbie Michiko Florence
The Kingdom of Wrenly by Jordan Quinn
The Last Firehawk by Katrina Charman, illustrated by Jeremy Norton
Mia Mayhem series by Kara West, Illustrated by Leeza Hernandez
My Weird School by Dan Gutman
Puppy Place series by Ellen Miles
Ricky Ricotta Mighty Robot series by Dav Pilkey
Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbott
Sophie Mouse series by Poppy Greene
Time Turners by Wendy Mass, illustrated by Oriol Vidal
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Dragon Slayers' AcademySophie Mouse

For Students Entering Grade 3

During the summer, students are expected to read at least three books they haven’t read before. We have included a printable reading log to account for the reading completed this summer. Our list includes books that were recommended by Tower School teachers and students. We’ve provided a short summary of each book to help your child select books that are right for them.

Angus and Sadie by Cynthia Voight
Angus and Sadie, two siblings that are of mostly border collie heritage, are adopted by a young couple and start living on a Maine farm, where they learn sheep herding and come to appreciate how they are different from each other.

Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King Smith
A piglet destined for eventual butchering arrives at the farmyard, is adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success.

Baseball Card Adventures: Babe and Me series by Dan Gutman
Joe Stoshack's at it again, this time going back in time through baseball cards to see if Babe Ruth really predicted his legendary home run in the 1932 World Series.

Blubber by Judy Blume
Jill goes along with the rest of the fifth-grade class in tormenting a classmate and then finds out what it is like when she, too, becomes a target.

A Bear Named Trouble by Joan Bauer
In Anchorage, Alaska, two lonely boys make a connection – a brown bear injured just after his mother sends him out on his own, and a human whose father is a new keeper at the Alaska Zoo and whose mother and sister are still in Minnesota.

A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

Chet Gecko series By Bruce Hale
Detectives Chet Gecko and his partner Natalie Attired try to solve the mysteries at Emerson Hicky Elementary School.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Greg Heffley tells about his summer vacation and his attempts to steer clear of trouble when he returns to middle school and tries to keep his older brother Rodrick from telling everyone about Greg's most humiliating experience of the summer.

The Doll People by Ann Martin
A family of porcelain dolls that has lived in the same house for one hundred years is taken aback when a new family of plastic dolls arrives and doesn't follow The Doll Code of Honor.

The Dragon of Lonely Island by Rebecca Rupp
Three children spend the summer with their mother on a secluded island where they discover a three-headed dragon living in a cave and learn what it means to be a Dragon Friend.

Endling series by Katherine Applegate

Goosed by Bill Wallace
When Jeff's girlfriend leaves a Labrador retriever puppy with his family for a week, his dog T.P. and cat Cord hope the energetic puppy does not stay any longer.

Heidi Heckelbeck series by Wanda Cove
Meet Heidi Heckelbeck. Heidi seems like any other 8 year-old. She eats peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch. She hates all vegetables. She picks on her younge brother, Henry. She begrudgingly does her homework. But Heidi Heckelbeck has a secret: She’s a witch in disguise.

How to Drive Your Sister Crazy by Diane Z. Shore
A younger brother offers detailed advice on how to annoy older sisters. Riding Silver Star by Joanna Cole

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
This book chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.

Jake Maddox sports series by Jake Maddox
This series puts the emphasis on speed, skill, courage, and fair play. The male and female characters face obstacles on the gridiron, court, ice, and half-pipe and meet mental and social challenges as well. Readers will discover that an athletes inner game, persistence, and courage are just as important as a steady hand or a chance for a goal.

Jasmine Toguchi series by Debbie Michiko Florence
Meet Jasmine Toguchi—a spunky, eight-year-old Japanese-American heroine unafraid to try new things while learning life lessons about family, friendship, and sisterhood along the way.

Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff
During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily's friendship with a young Hungarian refugee causes her to see the war and her own world differently.

The Littles by John Peterson
The adventures of a tiny family who live within the walls of the Bigg's house.

Magic Bone series by Nancy Krulick
The new Magic Bone series features Sparky, a half- grown puppy, as both protagonist and narrator. A good choice for newly independent readers who have a taste for fantasy.

Marley: a Dog Like No Other by John Grogan
Follows the life story of an exuberant Labrador retriever who gets into perpetual trouble and experiences a range of inspiring adventures.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.

My Weird School: Miss Daisy is Crazy series By Dan Gutman
Miss Daisy, who teaches second grade, doesn't know how to add or subtract. Not only that, she doesn't know how to read or write either.

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry
Peter, an orphan boy, and his friend Molly fight off thieves and pirates in order to keep the secret safe away from the diabolical Black Stache and his evil associate Mister Grin.

Riding Silver Star by Joanna Cole
Meet Abby. She and Star have lots of fun together. You can share all the excitement as Abby's teacher shows her how to jump fences, takes her on a lively trail ride, and then races her back to the barn.

Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks

Violet Mackerel series by Anna Branford
The Violet Mackerel series proffers themes and issues that many young readers will connect with…these are stories about a real girl and a real family…complete with issues that will be familiar to many children.

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Marley, A Dog Like No OtherHow to Train Your DragonBabe and Me

For Students Entering Grade 4

This summer, students are expected to read at least three books they haven’t read before. Our list includes books that were recommended by Tower School teachers and students.

All students are required to create one book jacket this summer. Please bring it with you on the first day of school. It should be for your favorite summer book. Recommended Books and directions for creating your book jacket are found below.

39 Clues by various authors
100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
Al Capone Does my Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch
Candymakers by Wendy Maas
Dork Diaries (series) by Rachel Renee Russell
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Lakeman Forester
Guinea Dog by Patrick Jennings
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards
The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
The Pet War by Allan Woodrow
Rangers Apprentice (series) by John Flanagan
A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket
Shipwreck Island by S. A. Bodeen
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Spellbound by Anna Dale
Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez
Trading Faces by Julia DeVillers & Jennifer Roy
Treasure Hunters series by James Patterson
The Unwanteds series by Lisa McMann
The War That Saved my Life by Kimberly Brusker Bradley
Well Witched by Frances Hardinge
White Fang by Jack London
Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The Wild RobotHello Universe

HOW TO MAKE A BOOK JACKET

1. Use a sheet of 12” x 18” construction paper in a light color. From the left side, measure in 3 inches, then 6 inches, then 6 inches, and then 3 inches.

2. Lightly draw vertical lines at each spot you measured. Then the paper can be folded inward along the lines. Check with the diagram below.

Book Jacket

3. Follow the directions below for the information to put on each panel.

Front Cover: On the front cover you need to include the title of the book, the author’s name, your name, and an interesting picture drawn by you that represents something important in the book.

Back Cover: On the back cover write a description of the setting and a summary of the events in the book. Remember, the summary states the facts, not what you thought about the book.

Inside Front Flap: Write a detailed description of the main character of the book.

 

The Penderwicks

 

For Students Entering Grade 5

Please choose three books to read. This suggested list includes book titles that are popular with students entering fifth grade. You are NOT limited by this list. Knowing how to choose a good book is part of being a good reader. Have fun choosing and reading books this summer!

All students are required to create one book jacket this summer. Please bring it with you on the first day of school. It should be for your favorite summer book. Recommended Books and directions for creating your book jacket are found below. Have fun!

Abduction! by Peg Kehret
Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Atherton series by Patrick Carman
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Big Field by Mike Lupica
Booked by Kwame Alexander
Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Dragon’s Egg by Sarah L. Thomson
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
Eragon (Inheritance series) by Christopher Paolini
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Finally by Wendy Mass
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Ida B. by Katherine Hannigan
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall
Percy Jackson & the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
Regarding the Sink series by Kate Klise
Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage
Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Sherlock Files series by Tracy Barrett
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
Waste of Space by Stuart Gibbs
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

 


HOW TO MAKE A BOOK JACKET

1. Use a sheet of 12” x 18” construction paper in a light color. From the left side, measure in 3 inches, then 6 inches, then 6 inches, and then 3 inches.

2. Lightly draw vertical lines at each spot you measured. Then the paper can be folded inward along the lines. Check with the diagram below.

Book Jacket Diagram

3. Follow the directions below for the information to put on each panel.

Front Cover: On the front cover you need to include the title of the book, the author’s name, your name, and an interesting picture drawn by you that represents something important in the book.

Back Cover: On the back cover write a description of the setting and a summary of the events in the book. Remember, the summary states the facts, not what you thought about the book.

Inside Front Flap: Write a detailed description of the main character of the book.

Inside Back Flap: Write down the reasons why you liked the book. Try to sell others on reading this book.

For Students Entering Grade 6

Students are required to read at least the following two books this summer. Please bring both required books to class when we return in September.

Of course, students are strongly encouraged to read well beyond these required books. A list of recommendations follows.

Book #1  The Giver by Lois Lowry. If you’ve already read it, please read it again! We will base our first reading unit on The Giver.

Book #2  Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz
Ryan Esperanza Ortega lives in a beautiful home filled with servants and the promise of one day presiding over all of Rancho de las Rosas. But tragedy shatters that dream, forcing Esperanza and Mama to flee from Mexico to California and settle in a farm labor camp.

 

RECOMMENDED READING
Our summer reading list includes additional books that were recommended by Tower School teachers and students.

Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes
On a summer visit to her grandmother's cottage by the ocean, twelve year old Martha gains perspective on the death of a classmate, on her relationship with her grandmother, on her feelings for an older boy, and on her plans to be a writer.

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
A brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

The Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings
Living near the water on Maryland's Eastern Shore, thirteen-year-old Brady and his best friends J.T. and Digger become entangled in a tragedy which tests their friendship and their ideas about right and wrong.

Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Twelve year old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

The Giver

Olive's Ocean

For Students Entering Grade 7

Students are required to read at least the following three books. 

Of course, students are strongly encouraged to read well beyond these required books. A list of recommendations follows.

Book #1  I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin
Celeste Marconi is a dreamer. She lives peacefully among friends and neighbors and family in the idyllic town of Valparaiso, Chile—until one day when warships are spotted in the harbor and schoolmates start disappearing from class without a word. Celeste doesn’t quite know what is happening, but one thing is clear: no one is safe, not anymore.

Book #2  Gifted by H.A.Swain
In Orpheus Chanson's world, geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work. Instead, procedures to induce Acquired Savant Abilities (ASAs) are now purchased by the privileged. And Orpheus's father holds the copyright to the ASA procedure. Zimri Robinson, a natural musical prodigy, is a"plebe"—a worker at the enormous warehouse that supplies an on-line marketplace that has supplanted all commerce. However, her grueling schedule and her grandmother's illness can't keep her from making music—even if it is illegal. Orpheus and Zimri are not supposed to meet. He is meant for greatness; she is not. But sometimes, rules are meant to be broken.

Book #3   George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager
When General George Washington beat a hasty retreat from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied—thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring.

Washington realized that he couldn’t beat the British with military might, so he recruited a sophisticated and deeply secretive intelligence network to infiltrate New York. So carefully guarded were the members’ identities that one spy’s name was not uncovered until the twentieth century, and one remains unknown today. But by now, historians have discovered enough information about the ring’s activities to piece together evidence that these six individuals turned the tide of the war.

I Lived on Butterfly HillFifth of MarchGifted

 

RECOMMENDED READING
Our summer reading list includes additional books that were recommended by Tower School teachers and students.

The Fifth of March by Ann Rinaldi
Fourteen-year-old Rachel Marsh, an indentured servant in the Boston household of John and Abigail Adams, is caught up in the colonists' unrest that eventually escalates into the massacre of March 5, 1770.

April Morning by Howard Fast
The story of one day in the life of a young American boy in colonial Lexington, the day on which he joined the militia and saw his father shot down by the British.

Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose
A look at the men of E. Company of World War II, this gripping book describes how they parachuted into France early D-Day morning, parachuted into Holland in the Arnhem campaign, and captured Hitler’s Bavarian outpost.

The Borning Room by Paul Fleischman
Lying at the end of her life in the room where she was born in 1851, Georgina remembers what it was like to grow up on the Ohio frontier.

The Boy Who Couldn't Die by William Sleator
When his best friend dies in a plane crash, sixteen-year-old Ken has a ritual performed that will make him invulnerable, but soon learns that he had good reason to be suspicious of the woman he paid to lock his soul away.

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
This 1989 Coretta Scott King Award winner is the story of one young man's tour of duty in Vietnam as well as a testament to the thousands of young people who lived and died during the war.

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier
In this complicated, chilling novel of the savagery of modern society, Adam mentally relives his past while facing the interrogation and trauma of his present life as a guest of the government.

A Patch of Blue by Elizabeth Kata
A young blind white girl falls in love with a black man, but her domineering mother refuses to let her be with him.

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpugo
When Thomas Peaceful's older brother is forced to join the British Army, Thomas decides to sign up as well, although he is only fourteen years old, to prove himself to his country, his family, his childhood love, Molly, and himself.

Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
Rebecca has been dead for several months, but her sinister influence is still very much alive at Manderley, as Maxim de Winter's second wife soon comes to realize.

Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang
An outstanding student and much admired leader of her class, Ji-Li Lang was poised to have a shining future in the Communist party until the Cultural Revolution of 1966.

Revenge of the Whale by Nathaniel Philbrick
Philbrick brings to life the tale of how in 1820, the "Essex" was rammed by an enraged sperm whale and sunk in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Only eight of the men survived after months in a leaky lifeboat.

Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
Jeff Bussey, a Union volunteer, sees the Civil War from both sides when he is sent to spy on Stand Watie and his Confederate Cherokee raiders.

The Sacrifice by Kathleen Duble
Two sisters are accused of witchcraft in Andover, Massachusetts in 1692 and await trial while their mother desperately searches for some way to obtain their freedom.

Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen
Battle by battle, Gary Paulsen shows readers one boy's war through one boy's eyes and one boy's heart, and gives a voice to all the anonymous young men who fought in the Civil War.

Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
Hamilton, the teenage surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack in the fall of 2003, shares her amazing story, detailing her return to surfing after this life- changing event.

Travel Team by Mike Lupica
The story of a 12-year-old Danny Walker, the smallest kid on the basketball court who's cut from the very travel team his father led to national prominence as a boy.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson reveals the beauty of the great American outdoors--and, during his months long walk, discovers bears, lions, the joy of noodles, and underwear the size of groundsheets.

I Am the CheeseSoul SurferTravel Team

For Students Entering Grade 8

Students entering the eighth grade are required to read the following three books plus at least one book of their choice. Recommendations for the book(s) of their choice are below.

REQUIRED

Book #1  Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
"Speak up for yourself - we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows that this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication.

Book #2   Somewhere There Is Still a Sun by Michael Gruenbaum
This Holocaust memoir tells the story of Michael Gruenbaum’s family and their deportation from their native Prague to the Terezin concentration camp after the Nazi invasion. From there, they are destined to go to Auschwitz. What miracle can save them?

Book #3   Surviving the Oregon Trail, 1852 by Weldon Willis Rau
The 1852 overland migration was the largest on record, with numbers swelled by Oregon-bound settlers as well as hordes of gold-seekers destined for California. It also was a year in which cholera took a terrible toll in lives. Presented here are firsthand accounts of this fateful year, including the words and thoughts of a young married couple, Mary Ann and Willis Boatman.

 

RECOMMENDED READING
Our summer reading list includes additional books that are recommended by Tower School teachers and students.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Bluefish by Pat Schmatz
Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti by Frances Temple
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Optional Books for 8th graders