Books for 8th Graders to read

My youngest daugherter finished 8th grade in 2017. Her two three siblings graduated 8th grade in 2010, 2012, and 2015. I have found my kids read books at this grade level for fun and for school. This page follows my kids and the books they read and are reading around the age of thirteen.

It’s interesting because at this age my daughters started reading less books for fun. I’m not sure if its related to the amount of homework they had in 8th grade or the fact that they received a cell phone and spend a lot of time texting. Either way, we’ll keep encouraging her to read and add to this list.

Our middle school also has a program called “Battle of the Book”. The two eighth grade classes split into 4-5 teams. Each team is tasked with reading all twenty books on the Battle of the Book list and then they compete against each other. Each team member is responsible for reading 5 books on the list and then sharing that information with the rest of his or her team. The battle list below, compiled by the school library, has a great assortment of literature for 8th grade boys and girls.

If you find these eighth grade books too simple or too challenging, please check out these 7th grade books and 9th grade books.

Books kids read in 8th Grade

  • Mockingjay from the Hunger Games Series
  • The Twilight Saga
  • Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series by John Feinstein
  • Elephant Run by Roland Smith
  • The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner
  • The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John

Books kids study in 8th Grade

Each year, in their English class, my kids study three to four books. In 2009-2010, my daughter studied Hamlet, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Evvy’s Civil War. In 2011-2012, my second daughter is studying The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Phineas Gage, and No Promises in the Wind.