A Few of My Favorite Books

 

   

 

 Tangerine by Edward Bloor: Paul Fisher has been
 haunted by dreams of the accident that caused his eye
 injury.  When another accident occurs at his school, Paul
 views it as his chance to move to a new school.  It will be 
 his chance to play soccer and to get out from his brother's
 shadow.  This story is full of sports action, mystery, and
 tension between the classes.
 
 If you like this book, you might also like  The Outsiders by S.
 E. Hinton.
 
 * Check with your Reading 8 teacher before choosing this
    book.

 

 The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper:  In this
 selection in the series, eleven-year-old Will Stanton dis-
 covers that he is one of the Old Ones, immortals fighting to
 keep the world from being taken over by forces of evil. 

 Other books in the series include Over Sea, Under Stone,
 Greenwich, The Grey King,
and Silver on the Tree.

 

 Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech:  Salamanca 
 Tree Hill travels from Ohio to Idaho with her grandparents 
 in search of her mother.  Along the way, she tells them the
 story of Phoebe Winterbottom, her new friend who has been 
 receiving mysterious messages.  
 
 If you like this book, you might also like Sue Bank Kidd's The
 Secret Life of Bees
,
another story about a young girl on a 
 quest to find out more about her mother.

 Other Creech books with the Ohio-Bybanks, Kentucky
 connection are Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird,
 and Bloomability.
   Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan: When Kit arrives
 at an exclusive boarding school, she discovers that she is
 one of only four students who have been accepted.  As the
 mystery and terror mounts, Kit tries to discover the
 secrets of Blackwood School for Girls before it is too late.

 Other great fiction books by Lois Duncan include A Gift of 
 Magic
Locked in Time, Stranger with My Face, and Don't Look
 Behind You
Duncan is also the author of
Who Killed My
 Daughter
, the story of her search for her daughter's 
 murderer and the connection of her fiction novels to the
 real-life event.

 If you like Lois Duncan novels, try any of the books by Mary
 Higgins Clark.

 
* Check with your Reading 8 teacher before choosing Down
     a Dark Hall.

 

 Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank:  What would happen if the
 United States experienced a nuclear attack?  In 1959 Frank
 attempted to answer this question through this fiction
 story.  In it, Randy Bragg, his family, and his neighbors and 
 friends face the horrors of survival after the bombs are
 dropped.

 If you enjoy this book, you might like Z for Zachariah by
 Robert C. O'Brien.

 

 One Child by Torey L. Hayden:  The author begins this
  way:  "I should have known.  The article was a small one,
 just a few paragraphs stuck on page six under some comics. 
 It told of a six-year-old girl who had abducted a 
 neighborhood child.  On that cold November evening, she
 had taken the three-year-old boy, tied him to a tree in a
 nearby woodlot and burned him.  The boy was currently in a
 local hospital in critical condition.  The girl had been taken
 into custody."

 Later, that child, Shiela, ends up in Hayden's classroom. 
 This is their story.

 

 The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton:  Hinton wrote this
 novel of the struggles between the "greasers" and the
 "Socs" when she was sixteen years old.  Inspired by the
 death of a friend, she tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis, a
 sensitive, intelligent greaser.
 
 If you enjoy this book, you may want to try other novels by
 Hinton (Tex; That Was Then, This Is Now; Taming the Star
 Runner
) or Tangerine by Edward Bloor.

 * Check with your Reading 8 teacher before choosing The
    Outsiders.

 

 Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger:

 

 Tomorrow, When the War Began by John
 Marsden: 
When Kit and six of her teenage friends return
 from a camping trip in the Australian bush, they discover
 that their country has been invaded, their families have
 been captured, and they are being held prisoner at the fair
 grounds.  Rather than turning themselves in, they decide to
 fight to defend their country and free their families.

 This is the first of a seven-book series that details their
 exploits.
  

 
*Check with your Reading 8 teacher before choosing this
    book.

 

 Animal Farm by George Orwell:

 

 The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin:

 

 I Am Third by Gale Sayers with Al Silverman:

 

 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith:  A
 classic!  The story of Francie Nolan, a poor young girl with
 hopes of a better life, is set in Brooklyn from 1902 until
 1919.
  

 If you like this book, you might enjoy
Joy in the Morning,
 another classic by Betty Smith.  You might also try
The Land
 of Hope
trilogy by Joan Lowry Nixon.
   One Hundred and One Dalmations by Dodie Smith:
 You've seen the Disney classic.  Now, read the novel that
  started it all.  It's funny!  It's charming!  It's SO much 
  better  than the video.
   Coming to America

 

 Land of Hope by Joan Lowry Nixon:  In 1902,
 Rebekah Levinsky, a Russian immigrant, is traveling to
 America with her family to make a better future for herself. 
 On the ocean voyage she befriends two other travelers: 
 Rose Carney from Ireland and Kristin Swensen from
 Sweden.  Once in America,  the friends must separate. 
 Rebekah and her family settle in the Lower East Side in New
 York and work in a sweatshop.
  

 Land of Dreams and Land of Promise, sequels to Land of
 Hope,
tell Rose's and Kristin's stories.
   World War II and the Holocaust

 

 Hiroshima by John Hersey:
 

 Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein:  On October 11, 1943, a British spy plane crashes in Nazi-o0ccupied Friance.  Its pilot and passenger are best friends.  But only one of the girls has a chance of survival. 

      Arrested by the Gestapo, "Verity" is given a choice:  reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.  They'll get the truth out of her.  Only it won't be what they expect.

 

 If I Should Die Before I Wake by Han Nolan:

 
*Check with your Reading 8 teacher before choosing this
   book.
   

 

 Briar Rose by Jane Yolan:


 

 

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