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MNSD 8th Grade Summer Reading List

Find out the list of required reading for Marple Newtown School District's eighth-grade students and which libraries in town have the books listed in their circulation.

Marple Newtown School District's eighth-grade required summer reading list has been announced. Find out below if the books are listed in or public libraries. Check shelf or call each library for availability. Read the attached PDFs for a synopsis of each book.

eighth-grade students in regular or small group instruction classes must read two books from the list below:

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

  • Marple: 4 books listed
  • Newtown: 3 books listed

The Merchant of Death by DJ McHale

  • Marple: 1 book listed
  • Newtown: 1 book listed

A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon

  • Marple: 3 books listed
  • Newtown: 2 books listed

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

  • Marple: 1 book listed
  • Newtown: 3 books listed

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

  • Marple: 5 books listed
  • Newtown: 3 books listed

The Afterlife by Gary Soto

  • Marple: 4 books listed
  • Newtown: 1 book listed

Maximum Ride by James Patterson (series of four books, you may choose one)

  • Marple: 7 books listed
  • Newtown: 3 books listed

Hidden Talents or sequel True Talents by Dave Lubar

  • Marple: 3 books listed
  • Newtown: 2 books listed

Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy’s Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard by Mawi Asgedom

  • Marple: 4 books listed
  • Newtown: 1 book listed

Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples

  • Marple: 5 books listed
  • Newtown: 2 books listed

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson

  • Marple: 1 book listed
  • Newtown: 1 book listed

Cirque Du Freak (series) by Darren Shan

  • Marple: 29 books listed
  • Newtown: 0 books listed

The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

  • Marple: 7 books listed
  • Newtown: 12 books listed

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (read any of the three books in this trilogy)

  • Marple: 18 books listed
  • Newtown: 18 books listed

The Gone Series by Michael Grant (read any in the series)

  • Marple: 0 books listed
  • Newtown: 0 books listed

Miracle Boys by Jaqueline Woodson

  • Marple: 0 books listed
  • Newtown: 0 books listed

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

  • Marple: 2 books listed
  • Newtown: 3 books listed

Eighth-grade students in enriched classes must read one of the books in the list above as well as both books listed below:

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

  • Marple: 2 books listed
  • Newtown: 2 books listed

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

  • Marple: 4 books listed
  • Newtown: 2 books listed

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