Flipped, Wendelin Van Draanan.One of the books assigned to Brunswick 8th grade students. In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.
Hero, S.L. Rotman. One of Brunswick 8th Grade required reading books. What does it mean to be a hero? Heroes are hard to find, especially for Sean, an angry and confused fifteen year old who has never had it easy. Suspended from school and with a mounting police record, he is one step away from serious trouble. Sentenced to community service for violating curfew, Sean is sent to Mr. Hassler's farm, where he's forced to confront his fears and take charge of his own life.
Touching Spirit Bear, Ben Mikaelson. One of the Brunswick 8th Grade Adv. Lang, Arts summer reading books. After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the native American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred D. Taylor. One of the Brunswick 8th Grade summer reading books for Adv. Language Arts. A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.