Chariho Middle School Suggested Summer Reading 2014 - Entering Grade 8



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 -2014

RL = Reading Level by Grade

Fic = Fiction

NFic = Nonfiction

Students in grades seven and eight who have read at least five of the Teen Book Battle books may participate in a series of competitions called the Teen Book Battle. If students choose to read two of the Teen Book Battle books for summer reading they count towards the five needed to play in the games.

Teen Book Battle books:

Belle Époque by Elizabeth Ross RL 5.0 Fic Sixteen-year-old Maude Pichon, a plain, impoverished girl in Belle Epoque Paris, is hired by Countess Dubern to make her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, look more beautiful by comparison but soon Maude is enmeshed in a tangle of love, friendship, and deception.

Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weaponby Steve Sheinkin RL 6.0 NFic This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan RL 5.0 Fic When both of her adoptive parents die in a car accident, Willow is left to navigate middle school and the foster care system depending only on her exceptional IQ and a group of misfit friends. 

Titanic: Voices From the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson RL 7.0 Fic Recounts the tragedy of the sinking of the Titanic using the narratives of the witnesses and survivors to the disaster.

Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan RL 4.0 Fic As she and her mother move to into a crumbling apartment, recent immigrant Kasienka has a difficult transition when girls at school tease her for being different and as well as for her broken English.  


Teen Book Battle Books which may contain mature themes:


Insignia by S.J. Kincaid RL 5.0 Fic Tom, a genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet. ( Mature Themes )

 Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson RL 6.0 FicBecause Taylor's father is terminally ill, her family decides to spend the summer at their lake house to be together.  But the last time Taylor was there, she did something she regrets and now must find a way to fix it.(Mature Themes,)


 Shadow and Bone by Lee Bardugo RL 5.0 FicOrphan Alina is taken from obscurity to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the only one who can save her country’s people.

The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by Karen Finneyfrock RL 5.0 FicCelia, hurt by her parents' separation, the loss of her only friend, and a classmate's cruelty, has only her poetry for solace until newcomer Drake befriends her, forging a complicated friendship.(Mature Themes )

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson RL 5.0 Fic Tiger Lily receives special protections from the spiritual forces of Neverland, but then she meets her tribe's most dangerous enemy--Peter Pan--and falls in love with him.( Mature Themes )

    The rest of the books on this list are not Teen Book Battle Books!

Nonfiction Books (look on the k-8 eBook Collection database see link below for other choices):

They Call Themselves the K.K.K. by S. Bartoletti, RL 9.2 NFic 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. 
Polar Bear Scientists by P. Lourie RL 8.0 NFic For more than forty years, scientists have been capturing bears in order to get information. What has this information been telling scientists about polar bears and global warming?  

Graphic Novels(Check out Tumblebook Cloud see link below for graphic novel ebooks):

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)


eBook Options:

 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 a K-8 eBook Collection database. This database includes both fiction and nonfiction books. To access this database go to the CMS media center webpage. Under the “Research” column click on “eBooks”. Find the link for the K-8 eBook Collection.There is a “Help” link near the top right hand corner with a link for eBooks if you are unsure how to work with an eBook. Please check your device for compatibility as these books may not play on all devices. Caution: Some of these books contain mature content! The username and password to access this database from home was included in the summer reading brochure.


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