Please click here for a printable version of the Suggested Summer Reading List for Students Entering 8th Grade
Students are required to read two books over the summer at their independent reading level. Students are not required to read any books from the list.
Students are required to create a project for each book they have read.
Please click here for the criteria checklist and projects for fiction books.
Please click here for the criteria checklist and projects for nonfiction books.
Books can be borrowed from a local library or purchased from a book store. To find out what books are available through public libraries search the CLAN system.
For advice on summer reading check out the following sites:
Summer Reading Tips from PBS
Summer Reading Tips and Resources published by the American Library Association
CMS Entering 8th Grade Summer Reading List -2013
RL = Reading Level by Grade
Fic = Fiction
NFic = Nonfiction
Students in grades seven and eight who have read at least five of the Rhode Island Teen Nominees may participate in a series of competitions called the Teen Book Battle. If students choose to read two of the nominees for summer reading they count towards the five needed to play in the games. The Teen Book Battle does not include nominees that are recommended just for High School.
Rhode Island Teen Nominees for Middle School 2014 (Teen Book Battle books):
Drama by R. Telgemeier RL 2.3 Fic With budding relationships everywhere, Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school theater production.
The False Prince J. Nielsen RL 5.1 Fic In the country of Carthya, four orphans are collected by a devious nobleman for a secret mission. One of the four boys will be selected to impersonate the king's long lost son.
See you at Harry’s by J. Knowles RL 3.6 Fic Fern’s family struggles with the challenges of owning a restaurant, a gay older brother who is bullied, and a needy younger brother, but can they handle the ultimate tragedy?
Rhode Island Teen Nominees for Students 2014 which contain mature themes:
A Monster Calls by P. Ness RL 4.8 Fic A monster visits Conor each night, but unlike the one from his nightmares, this creature springs from the tree in his backyard and expects him to face the truth about his mum's illness.
Cinder by M. Meyer RL 5.8 FicAs plague ravages Earth under watchful Lunar eyes, Cinder, a gifted cyborg mechanic, becomes involved with Prince Kai and must uncover secrets from her past to protect the world.
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by J. Sonnenblick RL 5.1 Fic Peter’s athletic dreams are shattered by injury, though he becomes a sports photographer, gaining insight and equipment from his aging grandfather as well as a new girlfriend.
Dead of Winter by C. Priestly RL 6.3 Fic After his mother dies, Michael finds himself wandering the halls of Hawton Mere at Christmas, where dark and sinister secrets of the past still haunt the house and its inhabitants.
Endangered by E. Schrefer RL 6.2 FicAfter Sophie rescues an abused baby bonobo, civil war breaks out, and she finds herself alone with her adopted ape and a large group of bonobos. Will they make it through to safety?
Paladin Prophecy by M. Frost RL 5.1 Fic Will, who spent his life avoiding attention, finds himself amid an ancient struggle between titanic forces when he is recruited by and exclusive prep school and followed by sinister agents.
Seraphina by R. Hartman RL 6.0 Fic Dragon and humankind will go back to war unless Seraphina can unmask a conspiracy--without revealing her own deadly secret.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by J. Smith RL 6.1 Fic Hadley’s dad is getting remarried, and she’s off to England to be a part of the wedding. After happily missing her first flight, she connects with the intriguing Oliver on a second one.
The rest of the books on this list are not Teen Book Battle Books!
Other Books to Consider:
They Call Themselves the K.K.K. by S. Bartoletti, RL 9.2 Documents the history and origin of the Ku Klux Klan from its beginning in Pulaski, Tennessee, and provides personal accounts, congressional documents, diaries, and more.
Marching for Freedom by E. Partridge, RL 6.6 NFic The book is centered on the children and teens who faced violence in order to march alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. and the role they played in the Civil Rights movement.
Graphic Novels(Check out Tumblebook Cloud for graphic novel ebooks):
Beowulf by G. Hinds Fic RL 6.5 Presents a graphic novel adaptation of the Old English epic poem, "Beowulf," in which a Norse hero saves Denmark's royal house from monsters.
Maus I : a survivor’s tale by A. Spiegelman RL 3.2 NFicThis is a memoir of a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and about his son a cartoonist who tries to comes to terms with his father.
Challenge Books (for students looking for a more difficult book)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by J. Verne RL 8.9 Fic Jules Verne's classic nineteenth-century science-fiction tale about a French professor and his companions who are trapped aboard a futuristic submarine with a mad sea captain and come face to face with exotic ocean creatures and strange sights hidden from the world above.(Available on Tumblebook Cloud)
Pride and Prejudice by J. Austen RL? Fic In early nineteenth-century England, a spirited young woman copes with the courtship of a snobbish gentleman as well as the romantic entanglements of her four sisters.(Available on Tumblebook Cloud)
CMS subscribes to Tumblebook Cloud (eBooks). All of the eBooks available through Tumblebook Cloud can be read for summer reading. Please connect to Tumblebook Cloud via the eBooks link under the Research column on the CMS Library Media Center page. Look for the purple Tumblereadables link posted at the top of the eBook page. Please check your device for compatibility as these books may not play on all devices. Caution: Some of these books contain mature content!
CMS also subscribes to the Nonfiction Book Database. To access nonfiction books go to the CMS media center webpage. Under the “Research” column click on “Online Databases”. Then choose the “Nonfiction Book Collection”. The username and password are in the summer reading brochure.
After having chosen a chapter click on “PDF Full Text” and there will appear on the left hand side of the screen a column with the heading “Full Text Contents” . There will be links to additional chapters in the book. Students are expected to read the entire book not just one chapter of a book or a reference article. Students may also see a link for "HTML Full Text" which will lead them to the contents of a book. By scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking on the forward arrow they can read the contents of the book.