Garnet Valley Middle School Reading List - Summer 2011 Eighth Grade Enrichment Students Author Title Genre Possible Points to be Earned Anderson Chains Historical Fiction 11 After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War. Bauer Hope Was Here Realistic Fiction 7 When Hope and her aunt move to Mulhoney, Wisconsin, they become involved with a political campaign to oust the corrupt mayor. Bell Shield of Stars Adventure, Fantasy 10 Weasel, a former pickpocket, must save his friend and guardian, who has been accused of treason and imprisoned. Then he finds a shield that has magical powers, and his luck changes. Buckley NERDS Adventure, Humor 9 Can this team of misfits save the world from their secret headquarters in the school basement? Can you read NERDS without laughing? Go ahead and try. Carey Dragon’s Keep Fantasy 11 In 1145 A.D., Rosalind, soon to become Pendragon Queen of Wilde Island, has a lot to accomplish to fulfill her destiny, while she hides the dragon's claw she was born with that reflects just one of her mother's dark secrets. Choldenko Al Capone Does My Shirts Historical Fiction 7 Moose’s family moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935. But sometimes the strain of taking care of his little sister Natalie and coping with Piper, the prison warden’s daughter, gets to be too much. Christie Body in the Library Mystery 8 Miss Marple refuses to take matters at face value when the body of a young woman is found in the colonel's library. Christopher, J. The City of Gold and Lead Science Fiction 8 Aliens from another planet plan to do away with all humans. This is classic sci-fi. Colfer, Eoin Artemis Fowl Fantasy 9 A 12-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by demanding ransom for a kidnapped fairy, but the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a very nasty troll. Dunmore Ingo Fantasy 10 In a novel full of longing, mystery, and magic, Sapphire hears the call of the sea on the Cornwall coast where she lives with her family. Gantos Jack’s Black Book Realistic Fiction, Humor 6 When Jack Henry attempts to write the “Great American Novel” there are many comic misadventures. Hinton Rumble Fish Realistic Fiction 4 Rusty-James wants to live up to his brother's reputation as a street fighter, the most respected dude in the city. But soon Rusty-James learns that Motor Cycle Boy is not exactly what people think he is. Hinton That Was Then, This Is Now Realistic Fiction 6 When Mark becomes involved with drugs, his friend Bryon must decide whether to protect his friend's secret or call the police. Hobbs Crossing the Wire Realistic Fiction 8 When falling crop prices threaten his family with starvation, Victor heads north in an attempt to "cross the wire" from Mexico into the U. S. Korman Schooled Realistic Fiction, Humor 8 Cap has always been home schooled, so when he starts public school in eighth grade, he is in for some big surprises. Very funny! Lawrence The Convicts Adventure 8 After his father is hauled off to debtor's prison, Tom Tin gets involved in a series of hair-raising adventures, resulting in his being accused of murder and sent unwillingly to Australia. LeGuin Gifts Fantasy 9 When Orrec blinds himself rather than use his gift of "unmaking", he upsets the precarious balance of power among rival, feuding families, each of which has a strange and deadly talent of its own. (Continued on other side) Garnet Valley Middle School Reading List - Summer 2011 Eighth Grade Enrichment Students Lupica Heat Sports 9 Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is running from social services after being banned from Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only 12 years old and he has no way to prove it. McCormick Cut Realistic Fiction 5 While confined to a mental hospital, Callie comes to understand the reasons for her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better. Philbrick Freak the Mighty Realistic Fiction 6 Learning-disabled Max and his new friend, whose birth defect has affected his body but not his brilliant mind, find that they make a powerful team when they combine forces. Pullman Clockwork Horror 5 Long ago in Germany, a storyteller's story and an apprentice clockmakers' nightmare meet in a menacing, lifelike figure created by the strange Dr. Kalmenius. Smith I, Q : Independence Hall Adventure 9 Step-siblings Q and Angela are thrust into the work of the U. S. Secret Service and the Israeli Mossad when Angela realizes she is being followed, and Q learns a secret about Angela's real mother. Smith Zach’s Lie Realistic Fiction 7 Zach's whole identity is a lie -- his name, his hometown, even his eye color -- because his father is in jail, and his family has been forced to join a witness protection program. Sonnenblick Notes from the Midnight Driver Realistic Fiction 7 When Alex gets drunk and takes his mother’s car out without a license or permission, he must take his punishment, even though it involves working with a cantankerous, unpleasant old man. Taylor Let the Circle Be Unbroken Historical Fiction 19 Four African-American children growing up in rural Mississippi during the Depression experience racial harassment and hard times, but learn from their parents the pride and self-respect they need to survive. This is the sequel to Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Turner The Thief Adventure 11 A king orders a young thief to carry out a near-impossible heist under threat of death. Vande Velde There’s a Dead Person Following My Sister Around Historical Fiction, Fantasy 5 In this ghost story, the reader moves between the present and bygone days of slavery. Wells The Invisible Man Science Fiction 7 This is the classic tale of a scientist who discovers how to make his body invisible but is driven insane by the results.