St. Francis Required Summer Reading - Rising 8th Grade

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SUMMER READING for rising 8th Graders 

  1. Language Arts Required Reading and Assignment:

    Choose a book from the NPR or NYPL books for teens and complete the following assignment: Write a letter (at least one page) from the point of view of one of the characters to someone else in the book, written after the story has ended. Make sure to use the format of a letter and include a greeting and a signature. You can write the letter however you want, as long as it shows your understanding of the story and ideas about the character. If you’re not sure what to write about, you might want to include the following:
    1. his/her plans for the future

    2. your character’s thoughts on what s/he learned or accomplished in the book

    3. questions your character still wonders about 

    4. person s/he’s writing to 

    5. your character’s hopes, fears, or questions for the

    6. your character’s hopes and fears for him/herself 

  2. Reader’s Choice and Assignment: Choose a book of your own. Write a letter about it to your future teacher, in which you do the following things:

    1. Begin with a greeting. 

    2. In no more than 5-7 sentences, summarize the main events of the book. 

    3. Describe two main characters: what are they like? how do you know? would you be friends with them? why or why not? 

    4. Ask two questions about the book — things you’re still wondering about; then do your best to predict the answers.

    5. What connections can you make between this book and your life, other books, or events in the world?

    6. End your letter with your final thoughts, including your opinion of the book.

The second selection is a free choice book. You are welcome to use the NPR list as a guide if you see another book that looks interesting. But, the main guide with this second selection is that YOU choose it based on your own personal interest.

 

Book Selection Resource*

 

You have two choices to make for your summer reading selections.

First, use the list of Best books for teens list from National Public Radio or The New York Public Library to guide your choice. You can access the list via this link: 

http://apps.npr.org/best-books-2017/#/tag/young-adult

https://www.nypl.org/books-music-dvds/recommendations/best-books/ya


*This list includes a wide variety of books to appeal to the interests and reading levels of many students. Parents are encouraged to review book selections with their children in order to help them make appropriate choices.

Legendborn (The Legendborn Cycle) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534441606
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 15th, 2020

Clap When You Land Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062882769
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 5th, 2020

Charming as a Verb Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062824141
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Balzer + Bray - October 13th, 2020

Burn Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062869494
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Quill Tree Books - June 2nd, 2020

Dragon Hoops Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781626720794
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: First Second - March 17th, 2020

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A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781534471252
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - November 2nd, 2021

Forget This Ever Happened Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823446087
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Holiday House - October 6th, 2020

The Inheritance Games Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368052405
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

The Magic Fish Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984851598
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Published: Random House Graphic - October 13th, 2020

Most Likely Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316454834
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Poppy - March 10th, 2020

Not So Pure and Simple Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062349194
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Published: Quill Tree Books - January 21st, 2020

Poisoned Water: How the Citizens of Flint, Michigan, Fought for Their Lives and Warned the Nation Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781547602322
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - May 19th, 2020

Punching the Air Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062996480
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 1st, 2020

The Sacrifice of Darkness Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781684156245
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Published: Archaia - October 27th, 2020

Today Tonight Tomorrow Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534440241
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - July 28th, 2020

The Voting Booth Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781368053297
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Disney-Hyperion - July 7th, 2020

We Are Not from Here Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984812261
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Philomel Books - May 19th, 2020

Yes No Maybe So Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062937049
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 4th, 2020

Banned Book Club Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781945820427
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Iron Circus Comics - May 19th, 2020

All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374312718
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 28th, 2020

Apple: (Skin to the Core) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140138
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Published: Levine Querido - October 6th, 2020

Be Not Far from Me Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062561626
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 3rd, 2020