8th Grade

The Haven

Author: 
Carol Lynch Williams

Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8

Shiloh is a Terminal. She has a terrible disease that sometimes requires operations to remove a lung or a kidney, maybe an arm or leg. That is why the Terminals live at Haven Hospital and Halls, so they can be protected and monitored by Dr. King who is the only one who knows when an amputation is necessary. If it wasn't for the Tonic which helps her sleep and remain calm, Shiloh doesn't know how she or the other Terminals would cope.

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Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal

Author: 
Margarita Engle

Reading Level: Grade 6 & up

Written in verse from alternating viewpoints, this book gives the reader many different perspectives on the creation of the Panama Canal over a hundred years ago. We hear from howler monkeys, Theodore Roosevelt, a Cuban immigrant named Mateo, the trees, and many others who played a role in this large undertaking that connected the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

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The Carpet People

Author: 
Terry Pratchett

Reading Level: Grades 3 and older

When the mythical Fray returns and destroys the Munrung's village with its terrible winds the entire tribe must make a perilous journey across the Carpet, battling the mouls who are said to control Fray, as they search for a safe new place to live. If you liked the Borrowers or the Littles you will enjoy this book about the microscopic beings that live in the wild jungle beneath your feet. (and it will make you look at your vacuum cleaner differently too.).

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The Chaos of Stars

Author: 
Kiersten White

Reading Level: Grades 7 - 10

When Isadora was little she loved to hang out with her father.   He was calm and gentle and very proud of her artistic talent.  Both her parents were.  Her mother Isis gave Isadora a beautiful set of paints and her father Osiris gave her an entire room all her own to decorate any way she liked.  Isadora loved to show her parents her progress on her room.  Until the day she discovered she was not going to be imortal like her parents...she was going to stay mortal...and the room would be her tomb.

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