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8th Grade Summer Reading Program



“Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover” Summer Reading Program

This summer, explore the world around you by reading some awesome books!

Take notes while you read. (Use Post-Its)

?    Who? All incoming 8th-grade students

?    What? All 8th-grade students read one book for ELA and will demonstrate their understanding of the text in the first few weeks of school.

?    Why? Because reading opens the world to you. Also, it is a required ELA class grade. Independent reading will be an essential skill in your high school courses.

?    How? You read a book either in print or electronic format. You can find these books at Euclid Public Library, Libby or they can be purchased at bookstores or online. 

*Create an Instant Digital Library Card: https://clevnet.overdrive.com/account/ozone/sign-in?forward=%2F&showIdcSignUp=false

?    When? You can begin reading right now! Books are available through the Euclid Public Library in either print or ebook format. See your librarian for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What if I don’t do the reading? 

Answer: Then your first quarter grade could be lower in ELA. You will also miss an opportunity to make yourself a stronger student, and miss out on reading some really great stories.

Question: How do I get the books?

Answer: You must have a Euclid Public Library card if you wish to get the books through the library or you may buy the books. Euclid Public Library has a teen library card program to specifically assist teens with their reading needs. Also, most books are only a few dollars if bought online. You can also share and borrow books with friends.

Create a digital library card by clicking here: https://clevnet.overdrive.com/account/ozone/sign-in?forward=%2F&showIdcSignUp=false

Question: What if I came to the district over the summer?

Answer: Students who enter the district during the summer will be given the opportunity to complete the reading and take the tests during first quarter.

Question: Can I use an audiobook?

Answer: Yes!  You can use an audiobook to help you follow along with the book while you read. Download the app “Libby” and download your book for FREE! 

Question: Who do I contact about this program if I have questions over the summer?

Answer: Email Mrs. Walsh-Hilf at [email protected] -OR-

Mrs. Platko at [email protected]

Question: Should I take notes while I read?

Answer: Yes! Every student should take annotative notes while you read.  For Example: Write down the genre, protagonist, antagonist, conflict, setting, relationships, theme, your ideas and feelings.

Happy Summer Reading!


Entering 8th Grade  

(Choose ONE from this list)





I am Malala

Malala Yousafzai


Euclid Public Library

Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson

Memoir (Civil Rights)

Euclid Public Library

Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors

Piers Paul Read

Memoir (Adventure)

Euclid Public Library

The Cay

Theodore Taylor

Historical Fiction

Euclid Public Library


Mike Lupica

Realistic Fiction (sports)

Euclid Public Library

Esperanza Rising

Pam Munoz Ryan

Historical Fiction

Euclid Public Library

The Proxy

Alex London

Science Fiction

Euclid Public Library


Carl Hiaasen

Realistic Fiction

Euclid Public Library


Walter Dean Myers

Realistic Fiction

Euclid Public Library

Out of My Mind

Sharon Draper

Realistic Fiction

Euclid Public Library

March: Book One

John Lewis

Graphic Novel

Euclid Public Library

Steelheart (The Reckoners Book 1)

Brandon Sanderson


Euclid Public Library

The Boy in the Black Suit

Jason Reynolds

Realistic Fiction

Euclid Public Library

Hey, Kiddo

Jarrett Krosoczka

Memoir / Graphic Novel

Euclid Public Library

Not a Drop to Drink  

Mindy McGinnis

Dystopian Fiction

Euclid Public Library

All American Boys     

Jason Reynolds

& Brendan Keily

Realistic Fiction

Euclid Public Library



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