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Summer Reading & School Supplies - 8th Grade

Ocean City Intermediate School

8th Grade Supply List

Math & Algebra

Algebra- TI-84 graphing calculator (if you do not purchase a calculator one will be provided) 

  • 4 AAA batteries for calculator
  • 1 1" binder
  • 4 dividers for binder
  • 1 package of three-hole punch lined paper
  • 1 subject notebook
  • 1 ruler
  • 1 package of dry erase markers
  • 1 dry eraser or sock 


  • 4 2" three-ring binders
  • 8 sets of tabbed dividers OR 1 package Post-It durable tabs
  • Assorted highlighters

Language Arts

  • 1 journal of choice (size of black/white composition books)
  • 1 1" three-ring binder
  • 1 package of lined paper (three-hole punched)
  • 1 package of dividers
  • 1 package of dry erase markers
  • 1 box of tissues
  • Highlighters

Social Studies 

  • 1 folder
  • 12 pack of crayons


  • 1 one-subject notebook
  • 1 2" plastic binder
  • Plastic page protectors (10-20)
  • Folder

General Supplies For All Classes


  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Glue stick 
  • Scissors
  • Highlighters
  • Box of tissues (homeroom) 

Summer Reading List

     The books listed below support and reinforce the concepts and skills taught within the current classroom reading program throughout the school year.
    To read a book review and summary, please visit the following websites and enter the book title: Follett Library Resources for review sources (requires logging in),, School Library Journal, or Kirkus Reviews

 Entering 8th Grade:

   Airborn  - Oppel
Interest level: YA (Gr.6-10)
School Library Journal (July 1, 2004)
An original and imaginative Victorian-era fantasy. Matt, 15, only feels alive when he's aloft working as a cabin boy aboard the Aurora, a luxury airship that is part dirigible, part passenger cruise ship. When wealthy Kate and her chaperone come aboard, Matt soon discovers that she is determined to prove her grandfather's claims that he saw strange creatures flying in the sky in that area the year before. The man's diary describes them as huge, furry beasts with batlike wings and sharp claws. Soon after Kate arrives, pirates attack the ship and rob the wealthy passengers. A storm forces the damaged Aurora to set down on a seemingly deserted island. Kate and Matt discover the skeletal remains of one of the creatures, and, later, a live but deformed one that lives among the treetops. In their attempts to photograph "the cloud cat," they stumble upon the pirates' hideout and are captured. Can they escape in time to stop the brigands from stealing the Aurora? Will Kate prove the existence of this undiscovered species? This rousing adventure has something for everyone: appealing and enterprising characters, nasty villains, and a little romance. Oppel provides glimpses of the social conventions of the era, humorous byplay between the main characters, and comic relief in the form of Matt's cabin mate and Kate's straitlaced chaperone.

   So B. It - Weeks
Interest level: 5-8
Interest level: 5.2
Horn Book starred (Fall 2004)
Twelve-year-old Heidi It and her severely mentally disabled mother survive through a combination of good luck and their next-door neighbor's loving attention. An undeveloped roll of old film leads Heidi to embark alone on a risky cross-country quest to answer questions about Mama's past. Narrator Heidi's realistic voice lends authenticity to her unusual circumstances. 

Down the Rabbit Hole - Abrahams
Interest level: 5-8
Reading level: 6.0
Kirkus Review (April 1, 2005)
Impatient with mother for being late for her ride to soccer, Ingrid Levin-Hill, eighth-grade Sherlock Holmes fan and amateur actress, makes an impulsive decision to walk, inadvertently becoming a witness in the murder case of Cracked-up Katie, the weird lady in the rundown house on the wrong side of town. Ingrid is afraid to come forward with her first-hand knowledge, fearing her parents' reprimand for leaving the neighborhood. Landing the lead role as Alice in the town's playhouse production of "Alice in Wonderland," she becomes more curious about the playhouse's past performers and a possible connection to Katie's youth. As the police investigation gets further away from the truth and the wrong suspects are arrested, Ingrid takes increasingly daring risks to solve the case herself and eliminate the evidence she left behind indicating her own suspicious involvement. Abrahams has crafted a suspenseful page-turning drama complete with misleading clues and gutsy midnight escapades that make for thrilling intrigue right up to the culminating drowning-in-the-river scene. Ingrid's plucky, if not foolhardy, behavior will have readers both rooting and worrying for her simultaneously as she continues, like Alice, to fall deeper and deeper into the mystery's unfolding. Harrowingly absorbing.

Heat - Lupica
Interest level: 5-8
Reading level: 5.6
Booklist starred (April 1, 2006 (Vol. 102, No. 15)
Michael Arroyo is a 13-year-old Cuban American who lives in the shadow of Yankee Stadium. Yes, he is a Little League ballplayer, and, yes, he has a dream: to pitch in the Little League World Series. To do so, his South Bronx All-Stars will need to beat the best the greater New York area has to offer in the regional championship, to be played in--you guessed it--Yankee Stadium. This setup sounds like yet another Rocky meets Bad News Bears tearjerker: the immigrants from the Bronx take on the white-bread rich kids from the suburbs. It is that (with some notable twists), but it's much more, too. Michael and his brother, 17-year-old Carlos, have a problem: their beloved father is dead, and the boys are hoping to avoid a foster home by pretending Papi is visiting a sick relative in Miami. Lupica wrings plenty of genuine emotion from the melodramatic frame story, but he sidesteps the slough of social significance by building characters who speak for themselves, not the author, and by enlivening the story with a teen version of street humor. The dialogue crackles, and the rich cast of supporting characters--especially Michael's battery mate, catcher and raconteur Manny--nearly steals the show. Top-notch entertainment in the Carl Hiaasen mold.

Perfect - Friend
Interest level: 5-8
Reading level: 5.1
School Library Journal (December 1, 2004)
Eighth-grader Isabelle Lee describes her not-so-perfect life. She is dealing with her father's death and her grieving mother by bingeing and purging. On the surface, everything is fine until Isabelle's younger sister catches her in the bathroom making herself throw up. "Eating Disorder and Body Image Therapy Group" is the consequence. Isabelle is amazed when she discovers that the most popular girl in her grade is also at the first session. Through encounters in Group and at school, she begins to realize that all is not fine, even for seemingly perfect people. As the book ends, she is not completely cured but is beginning to learn how to deal with her grief in a more positive way by journaling and talking about her feelings. Friend combines believable characters and real-life situations into a fine novel that addresses common adolescent issues. Teenagers, even reluctant readers, will find the outcome satisfying. 

Additional Reading Ideas 

Gathering Blue
Kira, an orphan with twisted legs, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. She fears for her future, but her skill at embroidery saves her. Soon Kira realizes she's surrounded by many mysteries and secrets. And no one must know of her plan to uncover the truth about her world and see what places exist beyond.
Theme - Choices

Green Angel
On her own when her family dies in a terrible disaster, 15 year old Green is haunted by loss. Struggling to survive physically and emotionally, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. But in destroying her feelings, she also begins to destroy herself, erasing the girl she had once been as she inks darkness into her skin. It is only through a series of mysterious encounters that Green can relearn the lessons of love and begin to heal.
Theme - Conflict

After years of home schooling, Stargirl bursts into tenth grade in an explosion of color and clatter of ukelel music, enchanting the entire student body. But when the delicate scales of popularity suddenly shift, Stargirl is shunned for everything that makes her different.
Theme - Identity

Paul is legally blind and has lived most of his life in the shadow of his older brother, the football playing hero of the family. But when his family moves to Florida, he enters a place where the blind can see and unravels the truth about his menacing and disturbing brother.
Theme - Identity

A small town's encounter with the Klu Klux Klan lies at the heart of the novel. Two young girls, one black and the other Jewish, struggle to maintain a normal childhood in the midst of poverty and prejudice.
Theme - Citizenship

A fourteen-year-old Eskimo boy who feels at odds with aspects of modern life takes a 1400-mile journey by dog sled across ice, tundra, and mountains seeking his own "song" of himself. Growing up; change

Face on the Milk Carton
A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie on a search for her real identity. Change; growing up; relationships

Child Called It
Dave Pelzer shares his unforgettable story of the many abuses he suffered at the hands of his alcoholic mother and the averted eyes of his neglectful father. Someone with no one to turn to, his dreams barely kept him alive. Through each of his struggles, readers will find themselves enduring his pain, comforting his loneliness and fighting for his will to survive.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Fourteen-year-old Harry Potter joins the Weasleys at the Quidditch World Cup; then enters his fourth year at Hogwarts Academy where he is mysteriously entered in an unusual contest that challenges his wizardly skills,friendships and character, amid signs that an old enemy is growing stronger.

Hobbit, The
The adventures of the well-to-do hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who lived happily in his comfortable home until a wandering wizard granted his wish. Struggle

Kid who Became President
Judson Moon, age thirteen, is sworn in as President of the United States on January 20, 2001.
Growing up

Pearl, The
For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. Hisdreams blind him to the greed that the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors. Struggle

Tears of a Tiger
The death of high school basketball star Rob Washington in an automobile accident affects the lives of his closefriend Andy, who was driving the car; and many others in the school. Coping


Additional Reading Ideas

Title Author
House of Dies Drear V. Hamilton
Monster Walter Dean Myers
True North Kathryn Lasky
Hoops Walter Dean Myers
Summer of my German Soldier Bette Greene
Last Days of Summer Steve Kruger
The Watsons go to Birmingham -1963 Christopher Paul Curtis
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle AVI
Across Five Aprils Irene Hunt
Lily's Crossing Patricia Reilly Giff
On the Devil's Court Carl Deuker
I Am the Cheese Robert Cormier
Milk Weed Jerry Spinelli
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ann Brashares

Non-Fiction Reading Ideas

  • Making a Law
  • Our Economy
  • Women Who Made a Difference
  • Signs, Songs, and Symbols of America
  • What It Means to be a Citizen
  • Windows to the Past
  • Economy and How It works
  • Immigrant Children in NYC
  • Law Making in the US
  • Our Government
  • Remembering Our Pasts
  • We Shall Overcome
  • Meet the US Government
  • A Citizen of the US
  • D is for Democracy
  • Famous Women Athletes
  • The Spanish in America
  • The American Economy
  • Choosing Freedom
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • A Nation of Many Colors
  • Time of Change: Women in the Early 20th Century
  • French Roots in America
  • Growing and Changing Cities
  • The Growing and Changing United States
  • People Who Gave the US Constitution
  • Saving an American Symbol
  • Constitution: Protecting Our Rights and Freedoms
  • Equality in American Schools
  • Immigrants at Work
  • Words of Freedom: The US Constitution
  • Authors of Liberty: Writing the US Constitution
  • The Urbanization of America
  • The Women's Movement
  • Freedom of Speech and Assembly in the US