Oldies but Goodies – Great Books for Eighth Graders

It’s time for another Oldies but Goodies, this time for eighth graders. As usual, click on the title to be transported to Amazon.com, where you can see the description and reviews. Then check out the Reader Resources in the column to the right of this post, garage sales and the library, because that’s mostly where you’re going to find them.

It’s worth the hunt – these are great books that will stay with a reader for life.

The Girl of the Sea of Cortez

The Girl of the Sea of Cortez
by Peter Benchley
(Yes, he wrote Jaws, but this is a completely different read.)

Light A Single Candle

Light a Single Candle
by Beverly Butler

Rifles for Watie

Rifles for Watie
by Harold Keith

Polly Kent Rides West In The Days of '49 by  Robert McCULLOCH from Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA - Used Book - Hardcover - First Edition

Polly Kent Rides West in the Days of ’49
by Robert McCulloch
(Read my review on Amazon)

Duffy's Rocks (Golden Triangle Books)

Duffy’s Rocks
by Edward Fenton
(I HATE the new cover!)

A Gift of Magic (Laurel-Leaf Books)

A Gift of Magic
by Lois Duncan

The Grey King (The Dark Is Rising Sequence)

The Grey King
by Susan Cooper

Ruffles and Drums

Ruffles and Drums
by Betty Cavanna

Johnny Tremain

Johnny Tremain
by Esther Forbes

Cress Delahanty (Contemporary Classics by Women)

Cress Delahanty
by Jessamyn West

Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill
by Louisa May Alcott

J.R.R. Tolkien Boxed Set (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings)

The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkein

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The Story Girl
by L.M. Montgomery


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4 responses to “Oldies but Goodies – Great Books for Eighth Graders

  1. I just squealed when I saw The Grey King! Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising Series was (and still is) one of my all time favorites 🙂


  2. It’s one of my favorites, too. I love how the plot is so well woven, and it’s a great story told well as a series. Very thought provoking.


  3. Yay, so many of my favourites! Tolkien and Cooper, Montgomery and Butler; I’d recommend those books as well!


  4. I’ve only read a couple of these – but I loved those! LotR 🙂


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