September 17, 2013

8th Grade Lit ~ A List


How lucky is my youngest kidlet? These are the books she'll be reading for homeschool English this year:


The Giver by Lois Lowry


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Lord of the Flies by William Goldin

The Call of the Wild by Jack London


Since I haven't read Hitchhiker or Wrinkle (I know!!!) I hope to read those along with her. 

We use a great curriculum from Oak Meadow. I picked it because of the focus on literature. I have no affiliation with the company, I just dig their stuff.

How many of these have you read? Which is your favorite? 

61 comments:

  1. That sounds like an awesome curriculum! I've only read The Giver and The Hitchhiker's guide. (I had a garage sale copy of A Wrinkle in Time, but it always seemed too creepy weird to read more than a few pages. I was a silly kid).

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    1. I don't think I ever even tried to read A Wrinkle in Time, it wasn't on my radar when I was a kid. I really hope I can squeeze it in either right before my kid reads it, or right afterwards. :D

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  2. That's awesome!!!! She has some great things ahead.

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    1. Right?? I wish I had had such bitchin' curriculum when I was a lass!

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  3. Great list! A few of these I didn't read until high school (or later...). Lucky girl! :)

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    1. I wish she knew how lucky she is ;) When I was first looking at the list I was squealy excited. She was like, meh. Lol

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    2. LOL it'll hit her when she's like 23 and remembers, but doesn't QUITE remember. ;)

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  4. She'll be one lucky little reader! I wish my school lists had been so awesome.

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    1. No joke! I want to go back and time and shake my teachers ;)

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  5. SUCH an awesome list!!! Man, I need to re-read A Wrinkle in Time, but I'm kind of making myself wait until I get my hands on the whole series (or quintet, I think it's called).

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    1. The Giver is the start of a series as well isn't it? See, this is going to lead to me reading 20 books, I just know it! ;)

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  6. That is a fun list! The Hobbit and Lord of the Flies are two of my all-time favorites. Hope she enjoys them!! (I also haven't read Hitchhiker or Wrinkle.. or The Giver..or The Call of the Wild. eeek)

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    1. I absolutely loved The Hobbit too! It's been way too long since I've read it :) Thanks so much Bonnie :D

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  7. Way better than anything I had to read in school!

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    1. Right?! I remember reading The Outsiders in 8th grade, I swear that was it.

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  8. Hitchhikers Guide! Wait, Hobbit too? Ack...Tom Sawyer? Loved that story. That girlie is some good reading ha ha. What a great list!

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    1. We should all be so lucky to take 8th grade classes at my house eh? ;)

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  9. Oak Meadow looks like a fantastic curriculum! I'm very tempted to homeschool my son when he gets into Kindergarten. I'd love to hear more on how you do it and all that. Maybe I could email you?

    Those are all great classics. I haven't read Hitchhiker's yet, though!

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    1. Please feel free to email me Heather :D We can chat!

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    2. I will email you soon! Thanks, Jennifer :)

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  10. Wow! I hope your 8th grader realizes just how lucky they are! :)

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    1. Probably not now, but she will one day. Right??? ;)

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    2. One day far away from now yes she will :)

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  11. Oh wow! I may need to follow children's reading lists also. This is a great set! A co-worker of mine raves about The Giver. I need to move it up on my list. Also, I have never read Lord of the Flies which I have always wanted to do. The cover art on these is so alluring! A great way to intice young reader. Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Reading,
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

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    1. We could all do with reading some of these classics right? ;)

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  12. I read them all except Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy. She is in for a treat this year. Good picks there!

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    1. I've been meaning to read that one forever. I'm going to really try to get to it! :D

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  13. What a great reading list! The haven't read The Call of the Wild. She's definitely going to have a fun reading year.

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    1. Isn't she the luckiest?? I didn't read nearly as much great stuff in school. :D

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  14. Love this! The Giver is one of my favorite books of all time - it was the first book that truly broke my heart and toyed with my mind and all of those great emotions that come from a fantastic reading experience. I still pick it up every once in a while.

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    1. LOVE that sort of book memory :*) She's reading that one right now and really enjoying it.

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  15. That is an awesome reading list! Tell her we book bloggers are envious of her reading list.

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  16. That is so awesome, I wish my school days were full of good books like that

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    1. No kidding Michael, I wish the same!

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  17. What a rockin' reading list! How cool is that?!?!

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    1. I bet the darn kid doesn't know how lucky she is. Hmph. She'll appreciate it one day in the future. She'd better!

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  18. I LOVE this list! Excellent choices! When does class start? ;)

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    1. LOL! Are you in?? She's reading The Giver right now. Shall I send you the vocabulary words and such? ;)

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  19. Great list! You're in for a treat with A Wrinkle in Time!

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    1. It will probably send us on a journey to read the rest of the books in the series as well :)

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  20. AWESOME.

    The only one I haven't read is The Giver--the rest are all fantastic. Love them.

    HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE!!!

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    1. Ha ha! I knew you'd be all excited about that one! I can't wait to read it so I can join the cook kids!

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  21. I haven't read Hitchhiker's Guide, but I've read the rest. I'm sure your youngest will enjoy them all! My dd is also doing The Hobbit this year and she is so excited. (She's already listened to it 10 times on books on tape. But she's only read it once.) :) I guess she'll have to share her love of all-things-Hobbit with her friends. She has a homeschool teen lit club.

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    1. Fantastic! Hopefully sharing her Hobbit love will inspire the rest of the kids in her club to read it as well. I LOVE that book! I'm hoping my kiddo does as well!

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  22. Some nice books on the list! :)

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    1. Thanks Melinda :D I sure hope she likes every one of them!

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  23. I don't think I realized that you were homeschooling--which makes me even more amazed at the sheer amount of reading and blogging you're able to do...

    Oddly enough, I've never read The Giver. It was after my time when I was of the target audience age, and I never went back and read it as an adult, though the young people in my life claim to have loved it. A Wrinkle In Time was THE big book for me. Totally changed the way I saw myself and the world, and it was probably the first book to do that.

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    1. Homeschooling is what gives me the time to read :) That's part of my secret, lol. Honestly! Avery is in 8th grade, she can be on auto-pilot a lot of the time. If she was very young and needed my help every 5 minutes my reading would be DOOMED ;)

      Love hearing that about Wrinkle, I'm looking forward to it!

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  24. Awesome list! The Hobbit is a favorite.

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    1. Same here Naida, love that book so much :D

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  25. I've only read The hobbitt and Lord of the flies; I should take some classes with you in order to read the others!! ;)

    Hope she (and you!) enjoy the new academic course and her new books to discover!

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    1. LOL, you can read along with us Isi ;) We're still on The Giver, join in! ;)

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  26. Oak Meadow!! I've been eyeing their site because of their Charlotte Mason feel. :) This is such a great lineup of books.

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    1. No kidding? Great curriculum Monika!! I've been very pleased with all of their materials :D

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  27. That's a great list. I've read some, and haven't read the others, but they are all classic novels I should have read already!

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    1. I've missed reading some of these too. I really hope to remedy that this year :D

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  28. Great choices - hope she enjoys them!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I hope so too..or I'll have to hear about it ;)

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  29. Those are such great books! I've read all of them at least once, and I've read a few of them many times (The Giver and A Wrinkle in Time). I hope she enjoys them!

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    1. I'm so excited to watch her reading these! :D I'm really hoping that I'll be able to read at least a few of them along with her.

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