Best Book @ HMS, 2015-16: Grade 8

*** Most books (but not all) are in the HMS Library collection. Please be aware that the maturity level of some titles is higher than eighth grade.***

4 Votes!

I Am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore


Reader Comments:
•Very entertaining, kept me constantly on the edge of my seat!
• Very visual and descriptive.

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3 Votes Each:

Emmy & Oliver,
by Robin Benway

Reader Comments:
• Most amazing story I have ever read. Could NOT put it down! I have recommended it to so many people, and every single one of them has thoroughly enjoyed it!!
• This book showed us that no matter how far away someone is, you can still find love!
• One of the best books I've ever read. I couldn't put it down once!
Paper Towns,
by John Green

Reader Comments:
• It was really good and I couldn't stop reading!
The Summer I Turned Pretty,
by Jenny Han

Reader Comments:
• I really loved the whole "Summer" series!
• It sounds super cheesy, but really, it's so full of emotion and is really good!
• A really good romance.
Thirteen Reasons Why,
by Jay Asher

Reader Comments:
• Very suspenseful! Couldn't stop reading.  It kept me at the edge of my seat!
• Keeps you very hooked.

2 Votes Each:

Animal Farm,
by George Orwell

Reader Comments:
 • It's very satirical and full of charming wit.
The Compound,
by S.A. Bodeen 

Reader Comments:
• You will be astonished!
The Demon King,
by Cinda Williams Chima 

Reader Comments:
• An amazing fantasy/adventure book where a young boy starts an epic quest.
• The title is misleading, but good none the less. Slower than most books.
Hatchet,
by Gary Paulsen 

Reader Comments:
• Great book, amazing story!
The Impossible Knife of Memory,
by Laurie Halse Anderson 
Reader Comments:
• The author made the story extremely personal, making it easy to connect to the characters and the story line.
• Great descriptions and imagery.

 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children,
by Ransom Riggs


Morpheus Road: The Light,
by D.J. MacHale

Reader Comments:
• So, so, so amazing!
 
 The Ruins of Gorlan,
by John Flanagan

Reader Comments:
• Amazing, heroic adventure fantasy!

Runner,
by Carl Deuker 

Reader Comments:
• The book moves fast and there is a lot of action.

Ship Breaker,
by Paolo Bacigalupi 

Reader Comments:
• The book was great and made you think about our future.
• This book never gets boring!
 We Were Liars,
by E. Lockhart

Reader Comments:
• It is a fantastically written story with an unexpected twist. It is fascinating!

    

1 Vote Each:

 1984,
by George Orwell


Abduction!
by Peg Kehret

Reader Comments:
• Favorite book I've read. Suspenseful!
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,
by Sherman Alexie 

The Affair,
by Lee Child 


Reader Comments:
• Action packed!

The Alchemyst,
by Michael Scott

Reader Comments:
• A thrilling story!
 
 All the Light We Cannot See,
by Anthony Doerr


Between Shades of Gray,
by Ruta Sepetys
Birthmarked,
by Caragh M. O'Brien
Reader Comments:
• Slow in the beginning but great detail.
 The Blood of Olympus,
by Rick Riordan

The Book Thief,
by Markus Zusak
 
 Catching Fire,
by Suzanne Collins

Challenger Deep,
by Neal Shusterman
Reader Comments:
• A bit confusing at first, but keep reading. Great read!
Cinder,
by Marissa Meyer
Reader Comments:
• The further you get into the series, the better (and more addicting) it gets!
City of Bones,
by Clarissa Clare
Reader Comments:
• Malec is the best!
City of Thieves,
by David Benioff
Reader Comments:
• Strange but clever storyline. Great writing!
Confessions of a Murder Suspect,
by James Patterson
 
Cover-Up,
by John Feinstein
Reader Comments:
• I loved how fast-paced and action-packed it was.
Crazy for the Storm,
by Norman Ollestad
 Deathwatch,
by Robb White
Reader Comments:
• Survival in the desert. Best book EVER!
 Divergent,
by Veronica Roth
Reader Comments:
• Intense and well written.
 Eleven Seconds,
by Travis Roy

Endgame: The Calling,
by James Frey
 
Epic,
by Conor Kostick
Reader Comments:
• It's pretty good!
Every Day,
by David Levithan
Reader Comments:
• I like the theme.
Fahrenheit 451,
by Ray Bradbury
Reader Comments:
• Great book! Really shows some of the future!
First Team,
by Tim Green
Reader Comments:
• It was a great football book.
Go Ask Alice,
by Anonymous
Reader Comments:
• The writing was so unique; first-hand accounts and all.
Gone,
by Michael Grant
Reader Comments:
• It's the bomb.com!
Graceling,
by Kristin Cashore
Reader Comments:
• About a girl that is graced with the ability to kill, and tries to hide her second life of helping ones in need.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,
by J.K. Rowling

 
Hollow City,
by Ransom Riggs


The Institute,
by Kayla Howarth
Reader Comments:
• It was the one book that kept me interested and hooked, along with having a full, amazing series.
The Iron Trial,
by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Reader Comments:
• It's a really fun and questioning book. I would recommend it to anyone!
The Jewel,
by Amy Ewing

The Journey Back,
by Priscilla Cummings
Reader Comments:
• A boy in juvie for manslaughter needs to set out to make things right.
 The Keeper,
by Mal Peet

Life of Pi,
by Yann Martel
The Lightning Thief,
by Rick Riordan
 
Lucas,
by Kevin Brooks
The Maze Runner,
by James Dashner
Reader Comments:
• Great series!
 Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War,
by Steve Sheinkin
Reader Comments:
• Surprisingly exciting!
My Sister's Keeper,
by Jodi Picoult
The Name of the Star,
by Maureen Johnson
Reader Comments:
• I loved it! One of the best books I've read all year! The best part, there is a second one!
The Nine Lives of Chloe King,
by Celia Thomson/Liz Braswell
Reader Comments:
• Action packed and creative!
Num8ers,
by Rachel Ward
Reader Comments:
• Lots of action; really great book!
Okay for Now,
by Gary Schmidt
Reader Comments:
• This is an amazing book about friendship, hardships, and overcoming obstacles.
 Orbiting Jupiter,
by Gary Schmidt
Pax,
by Sara Pennypacker
Reader Comments:
• Don't be fooled - this book is dark. Don't take it lightly.
The Power of Six,
by Pittacus Lore
Reader Comments:
• Great read!!!!!!
Red Queen,
by Victoria Aveyard
Reader Comments:
• Mix between Hunger Games and The Selection.
Shift,
by Jennifer Bradbury
 
Slated,
by Teri Terry
Reader Comments:
• This book hooked me from the start -- lots of action, which I enjoyed.
Symphony for the City
of the Dead,
by M.T. Anderson
Reader Comments:
• Very well written, very realistic nonfiction. Very powerful message.
That Was Then, This is Now,
by S.E. Hinton
 
These Shallow Graves,
by Jennifer Donnelly
Reader Comments:
• Long, but very good!
 Tunnels,
by Roderick Gordon

Unbroken,
by Laura Hillebrand

 
Unwind,
by Neal Shusterman
 
Where the Red Fern Grows,
by Wilson Rawls
 



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