8th Grade Book Report Information

8TH GRADE HUMANITIES BOOK REPORT LIST — 8th Grade students need to read 40 points of book report points per semester. You may read two books worth 20 points each, or you may read books that are more challenging but worth more points. Any total book report points above 40 will count as extra credit points (up to a maximum of 10 points).


1.     April Morning, Howard Fast [Lexington and Concord; April 19, 1775--The day America was born] FICTION

2.     Across Five Aprils, Irene Hunt [How the Civil War affects a family] FICTION

3.     ****The Red Badge of Courage, [study guide recommended] Stephen Crane [The mental anguish of a soldier who questions his courage. One of the great books of literature and of the American Civil War] FICTION

4.     Rifles for Watie, Harold Keith [The moving story of a boy who fights for both sides during the Civil War]  FICTION

5.     Time and Again Jack Finney [Time travel at its best. Travel back to the New York City of 1882. Fun to read]  FICTION

6.     Black Like Me, John Griffin [One of the most popular books for 8th graders; fascinating and disturbing, but true]  NONFICTION

7.     Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Frederick Douglass [A classic autobiography]] BIOGRAPHY

8.      White Fang, Jack London [If you like London, you'll love this book] FICTION

9.     A Painted House, John Grisham [A best selling author and an engaging plot. Very enjoyable]  FICTION


1.     ****O Pioneers! or My Antonia, Willa Cather [study guide recommended for both novels] [Cather beautifully captures the joys and sorrows of the American heartland of the late 19th century] FICTION

2.     The Travels of Jamie McPheeters, Robert Taylor (available from the Tehiyah Library] [Fast-paced; great story]] FICTION

3.     April 1865: The Month That Saved America, Jay Winik [A clear, excellent review of the closing days of the Civil War]  NONFICTION

4.     ****The Jungle, Upton Sinclair [study guide recommended] [A classic; a slow starter, but keep reading] FICTION

5.     The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, B. Traven [A gripping and strange tale of gold seekers and violence, beautifully written] FICTION

6.     ****The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald [study guide recommended] [The roaring 20s come alive; very popular – literature at its best] FICTION

7.     Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand [The best nonfiction horseracing book of all time; great atmosphere and often very exciting] NONFICTION

8.     The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, Gordon Wood [America’s elder revolutionary turns against his beloved Great Britain] BIOGRAPHY


1.     ****Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson [study guide recommended] Haunting tales of a small Ohio town] FICTION

2.     Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond [Perhaps a definitive key to understanding world history]] NONFICTION

3.     ****The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Franklin [study guide recommended] [One of America's most interesting and successful citizens tells you about his amazing life. Real literature. Never out of print for over 200 years]  AUTO(BIOGRAPHY)

4.     Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier [A haunting but brutal tale of the Civil War and love. A modern classic] FICTION

5.     In the Heart of the Sea: Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, Nathaniel Philbrick [The true story on which Moby Dick is based. Super interesting.] NONFICTION

6.     ****The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X [study guide recommended] Powerful, disturbing, and enlightening story of one of America’s most controversial African-American leaders, who predicted his own assassination]  BIOGRAPHY


1.     Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe [The book that Lincoln said started the Civil War] FICTION

2.     The Confessions of Nat Turner, William Styron [The most famous slave rebellion in American history] NONFICTION

3.     Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser [One of the most powerful novels ever written by an American] FICTION

4.     ****Walden, Henry D. Thoreau [study guide strongly recommended] [Henry moves into the woods to find himself in nature] NONFICTION

5.     ****Main Street, Sinclair Lewis [study guide recommended] [Doctor's wife struggles to bring culture to a small town] FICTION

6.     Roots, Alex Haley [Fascinating true story of the many generations of an African-American slave family] NONFICTION


1.     Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell [Sweeping and powerful Civil War epic. A wonderful read for 8th graders] FICTION

2.     ****The Grapes of Wrath , John Steinbeck [study guide recommended] [Dirt poor farmers from Oklahoma leave the dustbowl and head for California. A long, dusty journey into the American soul during the Depression of the 1930s] FICTION

3.     ****The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne [study guide strongly recommended] [A slow starter, but ultimately a gripping journey like no other into the tortured morality of early America's Puritan past] FICTION


****Moby Dick, Herman Melville [study guide strongly recommended] [The most difficult book on the list. One whale of a novel.  Not for the meek. Good luck, landlubbers!] FICTION


**** [study guide recommended] Using a Study Guide is acceptable and recommended for this book, but you must use it carefully and judiciously. Do not lean on it too much, or let it tell you how to think! Interpret, analyze, and enjoy the book for yourself as much as possible. Also, you must purchase this item separately. Mr. T requires a lunch conference, along with the normal written report, with any student who uses a study guide. Remember, you need a minimum of 40 book report points per semester.

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