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Entering 8th Grade

The designated summer reading books for students entering eighth grade are:
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway


These books were included in your book fees at enrollment/re-enrollment and can be picked up in the front office of either campus after enrollment/re-enrollment is complete through Admissions.

Students are asked to annotate their books. The annotations will constitute your child’s first English grades of the year. A guide to annotating  with sample illustrations is available below. These books will also be the source of discussion during the first couple of weeks of school.

Information on annotating is posted below with sample illustrations. Every chapter should have at least two written notes. Should questions arise about annotations or these instructions, please email the Middle School English Teacher, Mrs. Primeaux (sprimeaux@wcala.org).

Curl Up With a Good Book This Summer!

While we are requiring your child to read two books, we encourage him/her to read all throughout the summer.  Below is a list of grade-level books that your child may enjoy. This will be a great introduction to the reading your child will do throughout the year.
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • Where the Lilies Bloom by Vera & Will Cleaver
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas
  • Through Gates of Splendor & The Savage, My Kinsmen by Elizabeth Elliot
  • Joni by Jonie Eareckson Tada
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne