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Great Books for 8th Graders

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Allende, Isabel. The house of the spirits.
This novel is set in an unnamed Latin American country, describing the struggles, passions, and secrets of the Trueba family that spans three generations.
AR=8.4
ALLENDE [On Mezzanine], G ALLENDE [In Paperbacks on Main Floor]

Anderson, M.T. The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation, volume 1: The Pox Party.
Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.
AR=8.0
YA ANDERSON

Banks, Russell. Cloudsplitter.
This book is the story of the political and social landscape of our history during the years before the Civil War, when slavery was tearing the country apart.
AR=8.3
BANKS [On Mezzanine]

Crane, Stephen. The red badge of courage.
This is the story of Henry Fleming, a young, inexperienced soldier in the American Civil War who has romantic notions of the hero he will be when he enters his first battle. Amidst the brutal realities of warfare, however, his illusions are shattered.
AR=8.0
J CRANE

Denenberg, Barry. Atticus of Rome: 30 B.C.
In ancient Rome, Atticus, a young slave purchased by a wealthy and powerful lawyer, finds that he is completely invisible to the people from whom he must gather information in order to help foil a plot against the Emperor.
AR=8.4
J DENENBERG

Grahame, Kenneth. The wind in the willows.
The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.
AR=8.4
J GRAHAME

Hague, Michael. The book of pirates.
It is glorious to be a pirate king, especially in this collection of eleven classic stories and poems.
AR=8.9
J BOOK

London, Jack. The call of the wild.
Buck, a dog that has been forced into the harsh life of a sled dog, befriends a man seeking his fortune in the Klondike gold fields, and must ultimately decide whether to stay with his master or obey his instinct to join the wolves.
AR=8.0
J LONDON

Luceno, James. The unifying Force.
Side by side, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, their children, and their comrades in the Galactic Alliance rally for their last stand against the enemy that threatens not only the galaxy, but the Force itself.
AR=8.8
SF LUCENO [On Mezzanine]

Mash, Robert. How to keep dinosaurs.
This humorous guide to the care and feeding of types of dinosaurs provides a detailed analysis them, their habitats, sizes, and eating habits.
AR=8.7
567.9 MAS [In Adult Nonfiction]

Moers, Walter. The 13 1/2 lives of Captain Bluebear.
This book chronicles the adventures of a blue-haired bear who encounters with Minipirates, outer space, Hobgoblins, and more.
AR=8.0
MOERS [On Mezzanine]

Nafisi, Azar. Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books.
A memoir of life in post-revolutionary Iran, and a group of young women in 1997 who met secretly once a week to discuss forbidden works of Western literature.
AR=8.4
820.9 NAF [In Adult Nonfiction]

Revkin, Andrew. The North Pole was here: puzzles and perils at the top of the world.
The mysterious history of Arctic exploration, oceanographers drilling a hole through nine feet of ice, and global warming.
AR=8.4
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Sinclair, Upton. The jungle.
Poverty, disease, and despair are depicted in this story of the barbarous working conditions in the slaughter houses of Chicago in 1900.
AR=8.0
SINCLAIR [On Mezzanine]

Spyri, Johanna. Heidi.
A little Swiss girl's devotion to her simple mountain home in the Alps, is tested when transported to the city of Frankfurt, Germany.
AR=8.2
J SPYRI

Sullivan, George. Berenice Abbott, photographer: an independent vision.
A fascinating social portrait of the artistic community of New York in the early half of the 20th century.
AR=8.0
JB ABBOTT BERENICE SULLIVAN

Wiggin, Kate Douglas. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.
Talkative, ten-year-old Rebecca goes to live with her spinster aunts, one harsh and demanding, the other soft and sentimental, with whom she spends seven difficult but rewarding years growing up.
AR=8.1
J WIGGIN

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