Advanced English 8

2020-2021 Summer Reading

Advanced English 8

While we are still experiencing some unusual circumstances, the need to push our advanced students to continued excellence requires a moderate amount of work over the summer. Given the circumstances and the late start, there are fewer requirements this year than in the past. 

Students are only expected to read one of the novels below and complete one creative project, also of their choosing. The novel project will be due the first week of school. Students will have four projects to choose from; each one has its own instructions and grading rubric. Students are encouraged to tap into their own creative abilities to create a unique representation of their chosen novel. The project instructions and grading rubrics can be found in the “Summer Reading” Google Classroom, classroom code: 6hxmx7s.

Please email Mrs. Singleton with any questions:

Book Options

Children of Blood and Bone by Adeyemi, Tomi Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic but everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. Danger lurks in Orïsha, yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy. 


Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Bardugo, Leigh Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Deadly by Chibbaro, Julie New York City in 1793 is reeling from typhoid fever and sixteen-year-old Prudence is hired, against convention, by the Sanitation Department to discover how the disease is being spread.

Incarceron by Fisher, Catherine Finn is struggling to escape from Inside of Incarceron, a prison controlled by technology, while Claudia, the privileged warden’s daughter, is trapped in a forced seventeenth century world on the Outside.

The Graveyard Book by Gaiman, Neil Toddler Bod, short for Nobody, crawls into a graveyard after his family is brutally murdered. He is then raised lovingly and carefully to the age of eighteen by the graveyard’s ghosts and otherworldly creatures.

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Heiligman, Deborah The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers' lives. Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friend, Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. 


There are four project options. ONE should be completed and turned in during the first week of school. The project options include a diary, a timeline, a movie poster, and a newspaper feature. The project instructions and grading rubrics can be found in the “Summer Reading” Google Classroom, classroom code: 6hxmx7s. Please email me with any questions or concerns:

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