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Collegiate School of Memphis
2014 Summer Reading List – 8th Grade
Students are to read the books listed below over the summer break. Students are expected
to annotate each book and write a book report for both the required books.
�� It is recommended that you purchase the books for your student so that they may
annotate as well as add to their personal repertoire of novels.
�� We have given The Booksellers at Laurelwood our reading list in order to have
copies available for purchase.
�� WARNING: Any of the following young adult literature may contain mature reading
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Guaranteed to spark discussion and debate—this is a tale of two young boys experiencing the
Holocaust from different perspectives and getting caught up in terrible events entirely beyond
their control Gifted Hands by Ben Carson
Gifted Hands is the riveting story of one man’s secret for success, tested against daunting odds and
driven by an incredible mindset that dares to take risks. This inspiring autobiography takes you
into the operating room to witness surgeries that made headlines around the world–and into the
private mind of a compassionate, God-fearing physician who lives to help others.
Choose one of the following books in addition to the required reading:
Nothing but the Truth, A Documentary Novel by Avi
A ninth-grader’s suspension for singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” during homeroom becomes a
national news story. In this remarkable Newbery Honor book, facts, people, actions, and reactions are presented in stark documentary style. The truth — and nothing but the truth — can be
discovered by only one person: the reader.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Leo Borlock follows the unspoken rule at Mica Area High School: don’t stand out–under any
circumstances! Then Stargirl arrives at Mica High and everything changes–for Leo and for the
entire school. After 15 years of home schooling, Stargirl bursts into tenth grade in an explosion of
color and a clatter of ukulele music, enchanting the Mica student body. In a celebration of
nonconformity, Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the fleeting, cruel nature of
popularity–and the thrill and inspiration of first love.
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Required Summer Reading Book Report
Contents of your report:
Protagonist Paragraph- The protagonist is the lead character or hero of the story. You will write a paragraph about the protagonist of the story. This can include physical characteristics, age, interests, etc… It also must include at least two character traits, words that describe the
character’s personality, for the protagonist and you must say how you know that the protagonist possesses those traits. You should use embedded quotes to support your traits.
Antagonist Paragraph- The antagonist is the person or force that is against the protagonist. A force can be anything from nature to the character’s own emotions. You will write a paragraph
about how the antagonist is against the protagonist, explaining why they are the antagonist. It also
must include at least two character traits of the antagonist, if the antagonist is a person, and you
must explain how you know that the antagonist possesses those traits. You should use
embedded quotes to support your traits.
Conflict Paragraph- You should explain in a paragraph or a few paragraphs what the main
conflict or problem is in the story. You must state if the conflict is internal or external (usually
both will be present). If there are multiple conflicts then explain the most important ones.
Setting Paragraph- You should explain in a paragraph the time and place where the story is set.
You should explain how the setting changes if the story takes place in multiple places or times.
Explain why the setting is important to the story, which would include the social and political
climate and how that affects the characters or the plot.
Point of View Paragraph- You should state what point of view the story is told from and how you
know. Say if it is in first person or third person. You will write a paragraph explaining how the
point of view affects the story. Explain why the point of view might be important, including the
characteristics of the narrator that might affect how they tell the story.
Rising Action- You should discuss in a paragraph the three most important events that build the
rising action of the novel. After explaining each event you should tell why that event was
important to the plot. Explain how each event builds suspense or complicates the conflict.
Climax and Resolution Paragraph- The climax is the moment in the story that is the turning
point (it is also usually intense and exciting). You should write a paragraph explaining the climax
of the story, why that is the climax, and then the resolution that follows it.
Theme Paragraph- You should write a paragraph about two themes of the book. The theme is
what the book teaches you about life. You should state in this paragraph how you knew these were themes. Remember a theme must be universal. You should use quotes that were important in the book to teach these themes. Also, you should make connections to themes in other works we’ve read.
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Guidelines for your report:
Your report should be typed in 12-point regular font (Ariel, Calibri, Times New Roman),
and should be double spaced. You should title your report Book Report: Title of Book and put
your heading in the upper right hand corner of the page like we learned in class. You should use
complete sentences and correct grammar and spelling.
Your paragraphs will be graded considering the rubric rows of word choice and
sentence fluency. Please pay special attention to these.
Plagiarism is strictly forbidden. Any work that is not completely your own will result in a grade of zero and a referral to the honor council.