8th Grade Summer Reading

Hawtree Creek Middle School students will be required to read a minimum of 3 books during the summer and submit written responses on the first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year.

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Step 1: Choose your Novels

On the following page is a list of fiction and non-fiction novels recommended for your summer reading.  Please be sure to choose novels within your Lexile level. Some of these novels may be available at your local library.  Some books you may need to purchase.  All of the books can be found at Barnes and Noble Booksellers or Scholastic.com.  You may also choose to purchase these books on a tablet device.  You must choose:

·       At least 1 novel from the non-fiction list

·       At least 2 novels from the fiction list

Students are encouraged to read more than 3 books from this list if they choose!

If you don’t know your Lexile Level, read between the 975-1100 Lexile Range.

Step 2: Read your Novels

Enjoy your summer by kicking back in the shade with a great book!  On average, 8th graders should be reading a minimum of 25-30 minutes per day. 

Step 3:Write Journal Responses

In this packet, students will find guidelines for writing journal entries after each book that is read.  Students may choose from a list of reading response prompts.

Students must complete 5 journal responses per book that is read, 15 total.

Students may choose to write their responses on looseleaf OR typed and printed out from a computer.  All typed responses must be in double-spaced, size 12, Times New Roman font.

Journal Format


Journal Prompt


Suggested Novels by Lexile