All incoming 8th graders will choose one of the books listed below to read over the summer. Please be sure to sign up for the book of your choice online. The link to the sign-up form is here.

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7208376 heist Feed(novel) outcasts
4845617 promise simon shadow bone

All the Truth That’s in Me, by Julie Berry

Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their rural village and when Judith returned alone two years later, she couldn’t speak.  Now she lives like a ghost, watching and enduring everything silently until an attack on the village helps her recover her voice and finally reveal the secret she’s kept hidden.

Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, by Steve Sheinkin (Nonfiction)

Part war story, part international spy thriller, this book reveals 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.

Heist Society, by Ally Carter
A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and same fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop’s father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.

Feed , by M.T. Anderson          

   Like his friends, Titus considers his “feed”, the computer implant in his brain that provides a constant stream of ads and other media, to be a crucial part of life.  Then he meets Violet, a girl who decides to fight the feed and to challenge everything everyone in this futuristic society holds dear.                                                                                                                   

Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town, by Warren St. John
Based on the adult bestseller (Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference), this young people’s edition is a complex and inspirational story about the Fugees, a youth soccer team made up of diverse refugees from around the word, and their formidable female coach, Luma Mufleh.

Promise of Shadows, by Justina Ireland
Zephyr Mourning has never been very good at being a Harpy.  She’d rather watch reality TV than learn forty-seven ways to kill a man, and she’s horrible at wielding magic.  Zephry was ready for a future pretending to be a normal human instead of a half-god assassin.  But all that changed when her sister was murdered – and Zephyr used a forbidden dark power to save herself from the same fate.

Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo                                                                                                             Alina Stakov has never been good at anything.  But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend Mal is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life – a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free.  So Alina is whisked away to the royal court ot be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli
Sisteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical.  But when an e-mail falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out – without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most adorable guy he’s never met.

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie | by David Lubar
Starting high school is never easy.  Seniors take your lunch money. Girls you’ve known forever are suddenly beautiful and unattainable. And you can never get enough sleep. As Scott tries to find his place in the confusing world of high school, win a girl’s heart, and keep his sanity, he shares his adventures in the form of a high-school survival guide written for his baby brother.



*Summaries are provided by the publishers and/or based on the Library of Congress CIP data.