Grade Eight Summer Reading 2019

  • Summer Reading Grade 8
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    Breathing Underwater by Alex Finn (Realistic Fiction) 
    the curious incident of the dog in the night-time by mark haddon (Realistic Fiction)
    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (Realistic Fiction) (actors then and now)
    Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata (Historical Fiction)
    A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park (Salvo's Story and the Lost Boys of Sudan)
    So Hard to Say by Alex Sanchez
    Trouble by Gary Schmidt (Realistic Fiction)
    The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan
    Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan
    Audio books
    the curious incident of the dog in  the night-time by mark haddon
    The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan
    Book Reviews
    The Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian
    School Library Journal
    Gr 8 Up-It would be misleading to say that readers will enjoy this debut novel, but it is certain that they will be captivated, frightened, and profoundly affected by it. It is based on the true story of a 12-year-old boy who survived the massacre that saw hundreds of thousands of Armenians murdered after the Young Turks came to power. In 1915, Vahan Kenderian lives a pampered life that he has no reason to believe will ever end. But end it does, and in a brutal way. After the disappearance of his father and uncle, Vahan witnesses the murder of his two eldest brothers in the garden of the family home and, after a forced march, loses the other members of his family one by one. He faces hunger, destitution, beatings, and sexual abuse, and is forced to watch as others are killed or raped as he crosses Turkey in an attempt to escape this persecution of his people. Throughout these experiences, he develops, matures, and strengthens his resolve, at the same time-understandably-learning to fear the loss of anyone he becomes close to. When he finally reaches freedom in Constantinople in 1918, it is as though readers have, in some small way, endured these experiences as well, and come away stronger. If you're looking for a new piece of historical fiction to inspire students and ignite discussions, this is it.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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