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Recommended 8th Grade Reading List

Looking for an 8th grade reading list? Here is a recommended reading list for you.

We found some excellent biographies, classic books and short stories that are ideal for a middle school student. They may just spark a love of great literature!

Whether you are looking to supplement your child’s learning or for a great summer reading list, simply click on the story link for a complete description and reviews from Amazon if you want to learn more.

Click on the story link for a complete description and books reviews if you want to learn more.

If you haven’t read them yet yourself, we bet that you will love reading them too!


Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by DePrince

The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West by Fleischman

Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Fleming

5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft’s Flight from Slavery by Fradin

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Heiligman

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Hoose

Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Jiang

A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown’s War Against Slavery by Marrin

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Montgomery

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Powell

Drawing from Memory by Say

Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali by Smith

Brown Girl Dreaming by Woodson

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Yousafzi

Informational Books

Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert by Aronson

Buried Beneath Us: Discovering the Ancient Cities of the Americas by Aveni

What the World Eats by D’Aluisio

Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past by Deem

Master George’s People: George Washington, His Slaves, and His Revolutionary Transformation by Delano

Animals Alive: The Fight for Survival in the Wild by DK Publishing

Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain by Freedman

Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries by MacLeod

Black Gold: The Story of Oil in Our Lives by Marrin

Saving the Ghost of the Mountain: An Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia by Montgomery

The Elephant Scientist by O’Connell & Jackson

Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary by Partridge

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Sheinkin

Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickels: America’s First Black Paratroopers by Stone

Other Reading Recommendations

So Far from the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins

Ten Queens: Portraits of Women of Power by Milton Meltzer

Roots by Alex Haley

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

Little Women by Louis May Alcott

David Copperfield (Wordsworth Classics) (Wadsworth Collection) by Charles Dickens

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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