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EIGHTH GRADE SUGGESTED SUMMER READING
BRAGG MIDDLE SCHOOL
Gardendale, Alabama
2011-2012

FICTION

Austen, Jane.
Pride and Prejudice.
In early 19th-century England, a spirited young woman copes with the courtship of a snobbish gentleman as well as the romantic entanglements of her four sisters. AR 27.0/Level 12.0. Classic Fiction.

Avi.
Crispin: the Cross of Lead.
Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in 14th-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret. Newbery Medal. AR 7.0/Level 5.0. Historical Fiction.

Avi.
Nothing but the Truth: a Documentary Novel.
A ninth-grader’s suspension for singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” during homeroom becomes a national news story. Newbery Honor. AR 4.0 pts/Level 3.6. Fiction.

Barrett, Tracy.
Anna of Byzantium.
In the eleventh century the teenage princess Anna Comnena fights for her birthright, the throne to the Byzantine Empire, which she fears will be taken from her by her younger brother John because he is a boy. AR 8.0 pts/Level 6.4. Historical Fiction.

Barron, T.A.
The Lost Years of Merlin.
Prequel to The Seven Songs of Merlin.
A young boy who has neither identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.

Blackwood, Gary L.
The Shakespeare Stealer.
A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare's acting troupe in order to steal the script of "Hamlet," but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty. AR 7.0 pts/Level 5.2. Historical Fiction.

Blackwood, Gary L.
Shakespeare’s Scribe.
Sequel to: The Shakespeare Stealer. In plague-ridden 1602 England, a fifteen-year-old orphan boy, who has become an apprentice actor, goes on the road with Shakespeare's troupe, and finds out more about his parents along the way. AR 10.0 pts/Level 6.1. Historical Fiction.

Blackwood, Gary L.
Shakespeare’s Spy.
Sequel to: Shakespeare’s Scribe.
The winter of 1602 brings many changes for Widge, a young apprentice at London's Globe Theatre, as he becomes infatuated with Shakespeare's daughter Judith, attempts to write a play, learns more about his past, endangers himself to help a friend, acquires a new identity, and finds a new purpose in life. AR 11.0 pts/Level 5.7. Historical Fiction.

Bradbury, Ray.
Dandelion Wine.
In a small town in 1928, a twelve year-old boy savors the magic of childhood and the wonders of summer. AR 10.0 pts. Fiction.

Bronte, Charlotte.
Jane Eyre.
The story of an orphaned young English woman who accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall, a country estate owned by the mysteriously remote Mr. Rochester. AR 33 pts/Level 7.9. Classic Fiction.

Crossley-Holland, Kevin.
At the Crossing-Places.
Sequel to: The Seeing Stone.
Thirteen-year-old Arthur, now serving as a squire to Lord Stephen of Holt Castle, turns his attention to fulfilling some of his other dreams, such as meeting his birth mother, marrying the beautiful Winnie, and most of all, becoming a Crusader. AR 12.0 pts/Level 4.4 Fiction.

Crossley-Holland, Kevin.
The Seeing Stone.
Book One. In late 12th century England, a thirteen-year-old boy named Arthur recounts how Merlin gives him a magical seeing stone which shows him images of the legendary King Arthur, the events of his life seem to have many parallels to his own. AR 10.0 pts/Level 4.3. Fiction.

Curry, Jane Louise.
The Black Canary.
As the child of two musicians, twelve-year-old James has no interest in music until he discovers a portal to seventh-century London in his uncle’s basement, and finds himself in a situation where his beautiful voice and the fact that he is biracial might serve him well. AR 8.0 pts/Level 6.1.

Cushman, Karen.
Catherine, Called Birdy.
The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life,...
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