Parents: Boston Public Schools Grade 8

Grade 8 Reading List

These books constitute the Core Literature List for Boston public schools. You can also find these titles at a Boston Public Library branch near you.

In addition to the required reading, all teachers must select at least three other complete works from the list for their students to read during the school year.

Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen
Children of the River by Linda Crew
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voight
The Dream Keeper and Other Poems by Langston Hughes
Dragon's Gate by Laurence Yep
The Giver by Lois Lowry (Required)
Harriet Tubman by Ann Petry
High Elks Treasure by Linda Driving Hawk Sneve
Hoops by Walter Dean Myers
Journey of the Sparrows by Fran L. Buss
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
Nothing But the Truth by Avi
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
The Road to Memphis by Mildred D. Taylor
Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyul Choi