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8th Grade Reading List of Recommended Books

Recommended Reading List for 8th Graders
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Looking for an 8th grade reading list? Here is a recommended reading list for you.

We found some excellent biographies, classic books and short stories that are ideal for a middle school student. They may just spark a love of great literature!

Whether you are looking to supplement your child’s learning or for a great summer reading list, simply click on the story link for a complete description and reviews from Amazon if you want to learn more.

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If you haven't read them yet yourself, we bet that you will love reading them too!


All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriot

Amos Fortune, Free Man, by Elizabeth Yates

American Hero: the True Story of Charles A Lindbergh, by Barry Denenberg

Invincible Louisa, the Story of the Author of Little Women, by Cornelia Meigs

J.R.R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord of the Rings, by Michael Coren

The Magic Never Ends: The Life and Works of C. S. Lewis, by John Ryan Duncan

So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Kawashima Watkins, Beech Tree Books

Ten Queens: Portraits of Women of Power, by Milton Meltzer

Zlata's Diary, a Child's Life in Sarajevo, by Zlata Filipovic,with Christina Plribichevich-Zoric

Fiction Recommended Reading List:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Captain's Courageous, by Rudyard Kipling

David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens

Jacob Have I Loved, by Katherine Paterson

Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson

Lilies of the Field, by William J. Barrett

Let the Circle Be Unbroken, by Mildred Taylor

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, publisher,

Path of the Pale Horse, by Paul Fleichman

Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor

The Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan, Fleming H. Revell

Portraits of Little Women, by Pfeffer. Titles include:

Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson 

Short Stories for Eighth Grade Students:

The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry.

The Monkey's Paw” by W.W. Jacobs.

The Minister's Black Veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Split Cherry Tree” by Jesse Stuart

The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe (one of our all-time favorites!)

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8th Grade Reading List

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