8th Grade Reluctant Reader-Realistic Fiction-Mostly!

Runner By Deuker, Carl (Book - 2005 ) Deuker, Carl Available in some locations

Annotation:We know the teen this list if for likes this story-and we have other Carl Deuker titles so I thought I would start here.

Black and White
Black and White By Volponi, Paul (Book - 2006 ) YPF Available in some locations

Annotation:This book was first thrust into my hands by a middle school boy who insisted I read it. Since then I've shared it with many other young fans. This author has several books, all of them about young men in trouble trying to figure out how to survive their circumstances. This story is about two boys who commit a crime...and who shoulders the consequences for that.

No Limit
No Limit By Hautman, Pete (Book - 2005 )

Annotation:Pete Hautman's character has a difficult life, and real heart and courage. This book is a page turner.

Ball Don't Lie
Ball Don't Lie By Peña, Matt de la (Book - 2005 ) PENA All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:I haven't read much Matt de la Pena, but I hear from high school students that really think he is great. Again, the theme of his books are young men in difficult circumstances, and often tackles issues around racism.

Touching Spirit Bear
Touching Spirit Bear By Mikaelsen, Ben (Book - 2001 ) Mikaelsen, Ben Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 6 copies

Annotation:This is an older book-but one that a lot of teens tell me they like. It really makes you think twice about the role of bullying and anger management.

Fat Kid Rules the World
Fat Kid Rules the World By Going, K. L. (Book - 2003 )

Annotation:A funny book about teens struggling with drug abuse and self-image. Will make you think and make you laugh.

Trapped By Northrop, Michael (Book - 2011 ) Northrop, Michael Available in some locations

Annotation:Could you survive the worst snow storm in North America trapped in your school? Leadership, sacrifice, bravery, wits are required for survival, and not everyone survives.

The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-time Indian By Alexie, Sherman (Book - 2007 ) Alexie, Sherman Available in some locations

Annotation:Definitely a book filled with issues-growing up in poverty, bullying, and being different. But also a story that is full of humor. I love the cartoon illustrations.

The Recruit
The Recruit By Muchamore, Robert (Book - 2005 ) MUCHAMOR Available in some locations

Annotation:Set aside the issues and have some fun. A teen spy series with lots of grit.

Patrick Carman's Skeleton Creek
Patrick Carman's Skeleton Creek By Carman, Patrick (Book - 2009 ) Carman, Patrick Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 8 copies

Annotation:Again, not so many issues, but just a good scary read that is hard to put down. Each chapter includes a link to a witch-blair project like video.

The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner By Dashner, James (Book - 2009 ) Dashner, James Available in some locations

Annotation:This is a sci fi book that has been popular about a group of teens trying to escape a maze. If your reader likes this one there are a ton of other series that will probably appeal like Unwind, Found, I am Number Four and Among the Hidden.

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