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Grade 8 – Reading List

  1. Robinson Crusoe

Defoe, Daniel

A sailor shipwrecked on a desert island carves out a life for himself with courage and ingenuity.

 

  1. The three musketeers

Dumas, Alexandre

Dumas’s swashbuckling epic chronicles the adventures of d’Artagnan, a brash young man from the countryside who journeys to Paris in 1625 hoping to become a musketeer and guard to King Louis XIII. Before long, he finds treachery and court intrigue—and also three boon companions, the daring swordsmen Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. Together the four strive heroically to defend the honor of their queen against the powerful Cardinal Richelieu and the seductive spy Milady.

 

  1. Where the red fern grows : the story of two dogs and a boy

Rawls, Wilson 

A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart’s desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters.

 

  1. The Hobbit : or, there and back again

Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel) 

Whisked from his comfortable hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.

 

  1. Watership down

Adams, Richard

Chronicles the adventures of a group of rabbits searching for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace.

 

  1. The hound of the Baskervilles

Doyle, Arthur Conan

The Hound of the Baskervilles is a mystery novel featuring the enduringly popular character Sherlock Holmes. At the outset of the story Dr. James Mortimer calls upon private consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and asks for advice in the wake of the death of his friend Sir Charles Baskerville of Devonshire.

 

  1. All creatures great and small

Herriot, James

Presents the first-hand account of a young English veterinarian starting his career in the Yorkshires nearly forty years ago.

 

  1. The catcher in the rye

 Salinger, J. D, 1919- (Jerome David)

A 16-year old American boy relates in his own words the experiences he goes through at school and after, and reveals with unusual candour the workings of his own mind. What does a boy in his teens think and feel about his teachers, parents, friends and acquaintances?