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Updated on May 29, 2014

Books for 8th Graders to read

My son is entering 8th grade in 2014. His two sisters graduated 8th grade in 2012 and 2010. I have found my kids read books at this grade level for fun and for school. This page follows my kids and the books they read and are reading around the age of thirteen.

It's interesting because at this age my daughters started reading less books for fun. I'm not sure if its related to the amount of homework they had in 8th grade or the fact that they received a cell phone and spend a lot of time texting. Either way, we'll keep encouraging her to read and add to this list.

Our middle school also has a program called "Battle of the Book". The two eighth grade classes split into 4-5 teams. Each team is tasked with reading all twenty books on the Battle of the Book list and then they compete against each other. Each team member is responsible for reading 5 books on the list and then sharing that information with the rest of his or her team. The battle list below, compiled by the school library, has a great assortment of literature for 8th grade boys and girls.

If you find these eighth grade books too simple or too challenging, please check out these 7th grade books and 9th grade books.

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens - by Sean Covey

Must of the books on this page are fiction, however, I saw this one in Barnes and Noble in 2013 and thought to myself this is a must read for teenagers. I read Sean's father's book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and it changed my life. If only, I had this book as I went into high school to keep focused.

A book my eighth grader couldn't wait to read - Mockingjay - The 3rd Hunger Games Book by Suzanne Collins

The third book of the Hunger Games was released on August 24, 2010. My daughter had to wait for the publish date to read this book as she had already read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games)

My daughter loves the Hunger Games. In fact, almost every day she says she can't wait for the next one. It reminds me of the releases of the Harry Potter books.


What my Son is currently reading - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

My kid's middle school does a good job of reading books that have recently been in the movies are will be in the movies soon.

Some 8th Grade curriculum includes proofreading skills and correct sentence structure

Books kids study in 8th Grade

Each year, in their English class, my kids study three to four books. In 2009-2010, my daughter studied Hamlet, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Evvy's Civil War. In 2011-2012, my second daughter is studying The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Phineas Gage, and No Promises in the Wind.

Battle of the Books List 2011

A list of books for 8th grade boys and girls. My daughter's middle school creates this list and the Language Arts classes split up into teams to read all the books on this list and then battle each other. It's a lot of fun and a very innovative way for the teachers to get the kids to read books.

Let us know about any good books that you eigth graders

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    • mamabrat lm profile image

      mamabrat lm 4 years ago

      I am so jealous of your curriculum. My eighth grader is now reading To Kill a Mockingbird, but it won't be assigned until high school

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      Digory LM 4 years ago

      Hi, Very nice lens. I am a new author. My book (Long Shot - Somewhere Between Slim and None) may not belong on these lists of great reading for kids, but it might make for an enjoyable, inspirational read especially for teen boys, basketball lovers and sports enthusiasts.

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      ayng29 lm 4 years ago

      I'm not sure if Hunger Games is suitable for eighth graders. But if so, Battle Royale is also something to read. I made a movie review for both. Would appreciate it if you can drop by! Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      compherension curricular for 8th grade

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Everyone should read Romeo and Juliet my daughter watched the movie and she said it was boring and I agree, but then I told her that we should read the book and after she read it she absolutely adored it she still loves it after 2 years.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'll use this lens for my pupils. Thanks.

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      MamaRuth 5 years ago

      A couple of books that I would recommend are Homecoming and Dicey's Song, both by Cynthia Voight. Since I taught 8th grade for 30+ years, I am fairly tuned in to readers of this age. One of the things parents really need to be aware of is the huge gap in reading ability of students. Many 8th graders are turned off by "hard" books. I would never hesitate to let students read easier books like Mr. Tucket (Gary Paulsen) or more challenging books including those primarily for adult readers as long as the themes are not too mature. One of my sons was not really that interested in reading on his own until 7th grade when he read The Firm by John Grisham. Sometimes finding the right book is the key to turning a kid into a reader. It's well worth searching for the right key.

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      castellucci lm 5 years ago

      Great lens! I featured it on my substitute teaching lens to give subs ideas about books they can share in the classroom.

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Good info. Very nice lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would say pride and prejudice but I think that's not until high school.

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      teenageauthors 5 years ago

      Definitely ICU by Emily Rose Cardé. Of course I might be a little biased.

      Did I mention that not only has ICU received great reviews - it was written by a teenager!!


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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      To Kill a Mockingbird -- one of my Top 10...still.

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      EarthyGirlOriginals 6 years ago

      This lens is a great resource for my middle school aged child.

      My daughter is graduating 8th grade this school year, and like your daughter, she also reads for school and for fun.She loves the Twilight series, Haddox, and Daniel X. She just finished reading The Red Scarf Girl and To Kill A Mockingbird. She will be assigned High King and The Land in school, and plans to read Wuthering Heights, The Optimists Daughter and As I Lay Dying from a Middle-High School reading list.

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      By 8th grade most children are able to start reading the classics. When we were homeschooling my children we also listened to books on tape. Some of our favorites included Old Man of the Sea, Taming of the Shrew and The Education of Little Tree. I found that with a reluctant reader of the classics often just leaving books around the house, in a basket in the bathroom, for example, was the best way of encouraging reading of great literature for kids this age.

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