Brown Middle School

8th Grade Summer Reading 2022

8th Grade-Required Reading–Pick one

The House on Mango Street  by Sandra Cisneros

House on Mango Street book cover

  •  Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught   everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the   country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street   is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. 

     Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes   deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in   Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few   other books in our time have touched so many readers.

     


    Ebook to borrow in Canvas:
    https://canvas.instructure.com/courses/1394887/assignments/9734534

    Available in Sora (text and audio)

    Available from amazon $7.28 or your local Barnes and Noble or other bookstores

    Resources for this book on TeachingBooks

      The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne Boy in the Striped Pajamas book cover

     

     Two young boys encounter the best and worst of humanity   during the Holocaust in this powerful read that USA Today   called "as memorable an introduction to the subject as The   Diary of Anne Frank.” 

     Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day,   he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates.   His father has received a promotion and the family must   move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one   to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.

    But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place that meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences. 

    Ebook to borrow: https://archive.org/details/isbn_9780439855211

    Available in Sora (text and audio)

    Audio book on youtube

    Available from amazon $8.64 or your local Barnes and Noble or other bookstores

    Resources for this book on TeachingBooks

    “Your choice” here are some recommended titles or choose your own!

    (Read one or more for extra credit and chances for prizes)

    • Does My Head Look Big In This by Randa Abdel-Fattah
    • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
    • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (Mrs. Cox’s Favorite!)
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