Great books for year 8 students
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I have been asked to recommend a class text for year 8 English classes. I would really like to have something new that kids will love. Does anyone have any suggestions? Not too long, and fairly accessible as we have lots of kids with literacy problems.
It may not count as "new", but The Hunger Games series is great, and wildly popular with the teens I know...
"The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making" by Catherynne Valente. It's fairly short, it's a brilliant story, it's illustrated, and one of the best books I read last year.
What genre are you looking for? I used to be a 7th grade teacher. Here are some books I taught:
Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
The Giver by Lois Lowry
West Side Story by Arthur Laurents
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Maus by Art Spiegelman
Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli (or anything by him!)
I hope this initial list helps! If you have any more questions, please feel free to reach out to me!
What about :
Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver - stone age boy with affinity for wolves has to fight off the forces of evil to save the world. It's beautifully told and meticulously researched, and you will fall in love with the wolf cub. There's also a really excellent audio of it read by Ian Mckellan.
Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson A good storyline, set in England and the Amazon. Good description, but it doesn't spoil the pace of the story.
The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff was on this year's Carnegie shortlist, and all my year 7 reading group liked it the best (all girls) It's a good historical novel, with a strong heroine. I thought it was a bit like Hardy for children (without the overwhelming tragedy)
The Hunger Games is very good indeed and popular with my year 8s
Gone by Suzanne Collins I could do with about 10 copies of this, impossible to keep on the shelf, and the sequels are also exciting. One day all the people over 16 have just gone - one in the middle of writing on the board. The kids have to work it out. Collins uses everything learned from Lord of the Flies and its ilk shamelessly and well.
I'll try to think of some others (i'm a school librarian)
Hope you find one that suits
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