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Mrs. Sykes's Novel Suggestions

( These novels do not include the Novel studies which are part of your 8th grade class)

( updated October  2018)


 Non-fiction SuggestionsBiographies and Autobiographies


(Important note: The titles in red are adult selections which may interest young adults. Some of these books may have some mature content.)


1.      The Glass Castle, Half-Broke Horses-By Jeanette Walls  (Any book by Jeanette Walls)

2.       Please Stop Laughing at Me-Jodee Blanco

3.       A Child Called It-David Pelzer

4.       The Lost Child-David Pelzer

5.       A Man Called Dave-David Pelzer

6.       The Boy in the Striped Pajamas- John Boyne

7.       Soul Surfer- Bethany Hamilton

8.       The Last Lecture- Randy Pausch

9.       Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America-by Sharon Robinson

10        My Steve -Terri Irwin, 

11.       Crocodile Hunter-by Steve Irwin

12.      Beautiful Days of my Youth and Six Months in Auchiwitz and Plaszov- Ana Novac

13.      The Diary of Anne Frank

14.      The Fifth Diamond-by Irene Zisblatt

15.      A Stolen Life-Jaycee Dugard

 16.      Robin--Robin Williams Biography  


8th grade Fiction Recommendations-Mrs. Sykes


(Note: The titles in red are adult novels which may interest young adults. Some of these may have mature subject matter, so please check with your parents before choosing a book!


1.     Found, Sent, Sabotaged- Margaret Peterson Haddix; any book or series by Margaret Peterson Haddix

2.     Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay- Suzanne Collins

3.     The Messenger- (sequel to The Giver) -Lois Lowry  (any book by Lois Lowry)

4.     The Thirteen Reasons Why- Jay Asher

5.     Galax-Arena- Gillian Rubinstein

6.     Stuck in Neutral, Inside Out, and Cruise Control- (Any book by Terry Trueman)

7.     Life as we Knew It-Susan Pfeffer

8.   Pictures of Holis Woods-Patricia Reilly Giff

9.   That was then this was Now, Rumblefish-by S.E. Hinton

10.   Lucas-Kevin Brooks (Any book by Kevin Brooks)

11.   Speak or Prom- Laurie Halse Anderson (Any novel by Laurie Halse Anderson)

12.  Trash

13.   Some Girls Are by Cortney Sommers ( Any book by Courtney Sommers)

14.   Dead Girls Don't Write Letters, Shattering Glass, Playing in Traffic, Dark Son, Right Behind You -by Gail Gillies  (any book by Gail Gillies)
15.   The Maze Runner trilogy 

16.   Room-by Emma Donahue

17.  The Fault in Our Stars -by John Greene (any book by John Greene)

18.  Jackaby

19.  Divergent, 2nd book- Insurgent-by Veronica Roth

20. Miss Peregrine and the Island of Peculiar Children trilogy by Ransom Riggs (any book by Ransom Riggs)

21. How to Save a  Life by Sara Zarr

22. Shine-

23. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour or Second-Chance Summer-by Morgan Matson (any book by Morgan Matson)

24. Wonder  

25. Nineteen Minutes, The Pact, The Tenth Circle and My Sister's Keeper-by Jodi Picoult; any book by Jodi Picoult!

26. A Realm of Possibility, Everyday and Another Day by David Levithan (any book by David Levithan)

27. Make Lemonade and True Believer-by Virginia E. Wolff

28. The Book Thief 

29. One More Day and The TimeKeeper-by Mitch Albom (any book by Mitch Albom

30. The Language of Flowers-

31. The Story of a Beautiful Girl-

32. The Raven Boys trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater

33. Legend trilogy, The Young Elites trilogy-By Marie Lu (any book by Marie Lu)

34. The Diviners trology-by Libba Bray

35. Any book by Walter Dean Myers

36. We Were Liars

37. Eleanor and Park- 

38. The Shadowshapers-

39. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by

40. The Afterlife-by Gary Soto

41. Killing Mr. Griffin-by Lois Duncan

42. Riker's High-by Pail Volponi

43. The Female of the Species-by by Mindi McGinnis 

44. She Rides Shotgun-by Jordan Harper 



Important Note:   For more high-interest, recent engaging Young Adult novels, visit the Yalsa website. Please see the following lists: Book Award list 2018, The Best Books for Young Adults 2018 and The Best Book for Reluctant Young Readers 2018. All links are located on my webpage for you.