+ 8th Grade Non-Fiction Reading List

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This is a list one of my students brought in

  • The Worldwalker, Steven Newman
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Sean Covey
  • Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, John C Friel and Linda D Friel
  • The Life You Imagine, Derek Jeter with Jack Curry
  • A Walk Across America, Peter Jenkins
  • Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
  • It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life, Lance Armstrong 
  • Warriors Don’t Cry, Melba Pattilo Beals, Anne Greenberg 
  • Three Cups of Tea, Mortenson
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Aron Ralston
  • A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah
  • Shame of the Nation, Jonathan Kozol
  • Amazing Grace, Jonathan Kozol
  • Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
  • Touching the Void, Joe Simpson
  • The Road Less Traveled, Scott Peck
  • Reviving Ophelia, Mary Pipher
  • Working, Studs Terkel
  • You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train, Howard Zinn
  • My Space/Our Planet: Change is Possible, Jeca Taudte
  • The Teen Guide to Global Action: How to Connect With Others (near and far) to Create Social Change, Barbara A Lewis
  • Healing Our World, David Morley
  • Letters to a Bullied Girl: Messages of Healing and Hope, Olivia Gardner
  • Jackie’s Nine: Jackie Robinson’s Values to Live By, Sharon Robinson
  • The Hero’s Trail: A Guide for a Heroic Life, T A Barron

and one fiction book on the list:

  • The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho


Students were given these suggestions for journaling:

Include your impressions, things you wonder about or find interesting, things that surprise or confuse you.  Write what you think might be important. 

Notice foreshadowing, conflicts, interesting use of language.  What connections could be made between the author and the novel?  What lessons could be applied to your life?

Was there a character or person you connected with? Why?

Vocabulary — keep a running record of words you didn’t know before.

tutoring in Columbus OH:  Adrienne Edwards  614-579-6021  or email aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com


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