2018 Summer Reading

2018-2019 Summer Reading

Advanced English 8

Students in Advanced English 8 are required to read two of the novels listed below and complete a project for each novel. Both novel projects will be due the first week of school (August 10, 2018). Students will have six projects to choose from; each one has an explanation and a rubric to follow. Students are not allowed to use the same project twice and are encouraged to tap into their own creative abilities to create a unique representation of their chosen novels. 

Please email Ms. Striplin with any questions and/or a list of projects to choose from: savanna_striplin@ecboe.org.


         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 just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn't know she is being hunted. 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.

    Gym Candy by Deuker, Carl

  • Freshman running back Mick Johnson works hard to make his dream of football stardom come true, finding the edge he needs to become bigger, stronger, and faster with the help of steroids despite consequences to his health and social life.

    Prom & Prejudice by Eulberg, Elizabeth

  • For Lizzie Bennett, a music scholarship student at Connecticut’s exclusive, girls-only Longbourn Academy, the furor over prom is senseless, but even more puzzling is her attraction to the pompous Will Darcy, best friend of her roommate’s boyfriend.

    The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game by Feinstein, John

  • Two teen reporters stumble across an illegal betting ring when they team up with major Washington news reporters to cover one of the fiercest rivalries of college football.

    Incarceron by Fisher, Catherine

  • Finn is struggling to escape from the 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.

    The Lie Tree by Hardinge, Frances

  • Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy—a proper young lady who knows her place as inferior to men—but inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity, and she cannot resist a mystery. When her father is discovered dead, she knows that he was murdered. In pursuit of justice and revenge, Faith hunts through her father’s possessions and discovers a strange tree. The tree bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it, and when that fruit is eaten, it delivers a hidden truth. But while the tree might hold the key to her father’s murder, it could also lure his murderer directly to Faith.

    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.