Gordon A. Bailey Middle School

4020 Lost Oasis Hollow

Austin, TX 78739

512 414-4990

Eighth Grade

Incoming 8th Grade Summer Reading Assignment

You will be reading two (2) books this summer.

Part 1: Book one is a required novel:

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Over the summer, make notes in your book if it belongs to you. If not, use sticky notes or write notes on a separate page. If you read on an electronic device, use the note-taking tool the device provides.

On the Friday of the first week of school, bring this book and your notes to class. You will have a test that day that will cover various literary elements including:

  • characterization
  • plot
  • setting
  • point of view
  • symbolism
  • theme

You WILL be able to use any notes you take on the day of the test.


Part 2: Choose a second book from the list below. You will complete a project for this book during the first six weeks of school. It will be a major grade in English. 

  • Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper 
  • Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper 
  • Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix 
  • Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff 
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson 
  • Code Orange by Carolyn B. Cooney 
  • Gym Candy by Carl Deuker