book suggestions

28 Apr

So, I’m teaching 8th grade reading next year.  I just found out that I have about $700 to buy books for my classroom.  The only problem is that I’m supposed to spend it by FRIDAY!

I want to buy some class sets of books that we all read together and then Lit Circles that small groups will read together.

I remember that we read The Old Man and the Sea in 7th grade and Animal House in the 8th grade…  Obviously, I need some help.

Any life-changing book possibilities?  Let me know ASAP.  Can anybody remember what novels you read anywhere from 7th-9th grade?


Posted by on April 28, 2009 in Uncategorized


9 responses to “book suggestions

  1. Jonell

    April 28, 2009 at 3:39 am

    I think we read “The Scarlet Letter” in 9th grade with Mr…..I can’t remember his name 🙂

  2. Jonell

    April 28, 2009 at 3:40 am

    and wasn’t it Animal Farm instead of Animal House..LOL

    • shacknotes

      April 28, 2009 at 12:58 pm

      Oh yea. Animal
      Farm! duh… Obviously, I don’t want to read that. I remember The Scarlet Letter being outrageously boring…

  3. osujolly

    April 28, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Here is a list from my reading teacher.

    Books to be read:
    Fahrenheit 451-Ray Bradbury
    Who Moved My Cheese-Spencer Johnson
    Chronicles of Narnia –CS Lewis
    Lord of the Rings—J.R.R. Tolkein
    Some plays by Julius Caesar
    Holes-Louis Sachar
    Where the Red Fern Grows—Wilson Rauls
    Hatchet—Gary Paulson
    Kidnapped–Robert Stevenson
    Ender’s Game—Orson Scott Card
    Jules Verne’s novels
    H.G. Wells novels

    It’s a start. He said if you needed graphic novels he can list more. He says there are graphic novels he can list too if you are interested.

  4. James

    April 28, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Lord of the Flies (decent movie)
    To Kill a Mockingbird (great movie)
    Grapes of Wrath (might be too long for middle school)

  5. James

    April 28, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Forgot to say, Grapes of Wrath is also a great movie.

  6. Jonell

    April 28, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Holes is a good one!! Matt read that in 8th grade and loved it. Plus you have the movie to watch too…

  7. m

    April 28, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Not only HATCHET but other Gary Paulson books, although Hatchet was my favorite Paulson book. Some with Historical background and award nominated at least the ORPHAN TRAIN TRILOGY. James mentioned good books but possibly too much for 8th grade.
    Does osujolly mean plays by Shakepeare? I think most of those are too much for middle school.
    Seems as though SCARLET LETTER may have been one we read when I was in 8th grade… Way too long ago to remember which year for sure. Enders Game has been mentioned enough that I must read it. Is Jonell classmate Jonell?

  8. osujolly

    April 28, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    I have no idea if he (I’m passing the list on) meant Shakespeare, but I imagine he meant Julius Caesar, he’s kinda careful that way, but I’m sure a mistake is possible.

    Did I stutter on the last sentence of my previous post… stutter on my previous post.


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