• Eighth Grade Summer Reading List

  • Bad Boy: A Memoir

    by Walter Dean Myers Year Published:

    Award-winning author Myers writes a gripping, warm memoir of the 1940s and 1950s Harlem of his youth, and the class and racial struggles that surrounded him. Mature content

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  • Ego-Tripping and Other Poems for Young People

    by Nikki Giovanni Year Published:

    Insightful and fun, this collection of poetry captures the essence of the African American experience for young people

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  • Knots in My Yo-Yo

    by Jerry Spinelli Year Published:

    The Newbery Award-winning author recounts his young life filled with humor, drama, sports, and lots of observing—but surprisingly little reading! "A loving reminiscence of childhood."—SLJ

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  • The Skin I'm In

    by Sharon Flake Year Published:

    Maleeka is teased about her too-dark skin and her homemade clothes, but a new teacher's attention begins to turn her around. "Bristles with attitude that is both genuine and alarming."—SLJ Mature content

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