2020 - 8th Grade: HMS READS!

Our students were asked to name the best books they've read this school year.  Here are the results!  (Most - but not all - titles are available in the HMS Library.  Please keep in mind that the maturity level of some titles may be higher than the recommending grade level.)


Alabama Moon, by Watt Key (3 votes)

Dry, by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman (2 votes)

I Am Still Alive, by Kate Alice Marshall

Peak (part of series), by Roland Smith (3 votes)

Treasure Hunters (part of series), by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein

The Wanderer, by Sharon Creech


The Alchemyst (part of series), by Michael Scott

Caraval (part of series), by Stephanie Garber

Fablehaven (part of series), by Brandon Mull

The Hazel Wood, by Melissa Albert

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Iron Trial (part of series), by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

The Night Gardener, by Polly Norvath

The Novice (part of series), by Taran Matharu

Off Leash (part of series), by Daniel Potter

Peter and the Starcatchers, by Dave Barry

Redwall (part of series), by Brian Jacques

Renegades (part of series), by Marissa Meyers

The Ruins of Gorlan (part of series), by John Flanagan

The Runaway King (part of series), by Jennifer Nielsen

Sabriel (part of series), by Garth Nix

The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater

Song of the Summer King (part of series), by Jess E. Owen

Throne of Glass, by Sarah Maas (2 votes)

Vampire Academy (part of series), by Richelle Mead

The Wishing Spell (Land of Stories Series), by Chris Colfer

A World Without Heroes (Beyonders series), by Brandon Mull


One Dead Spy: Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales (part of series), by Nathan Hale (3 votes)


The Berlin Boxing Club, by Rob Sharenow

The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had, by Kristin Levine

Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys (7 votes)

The Boy with the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne

Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers

The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz

Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden

Milkweed, by Jerry Spinelli

Moon Over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool

My Name is Eva, by Suzanne Goldring

A Night Divided, by Jennifer Nielsen

Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline

Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse

Projekt 1065, by Alan Gratz

Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys (3 votes)

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley



Big Nate Lives It Up, by Lincoln Peirce



The Body in the Woods, by April Henry

Chasing Brooklyn, by Lisa Schroeder

The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown (2 votes)

Girl, Stolen, by April Henry

The Hunt for Red October (part of series), by Tom Clancy

One of Us is Lying, by Karen McManus

The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux

Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle

Spy School, by Stuart Gibbs

This is Our Story, by Ashley Elston

We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart


American Sniper, by Chris Kyle

Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah (2 votes)

Educated, by Tara Westover

I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai

March (part of series), by John Lewis

Sabotage, by Neal Bascomb

Same Kind of Different As Me, by Ron Hall

The Sun Does Shine, by Anthony Hinton

Symphony For the City of the Dead, by M.T. Anderson (3 votes)

Three Little Words, by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom


13 Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

Also Known As, by Robin Benway

Amazing Grace, by Megan Shull

And Then Things Fall Apart, by Arlaina Tibensky

Because I am Furniture, by Thalia Chaltas

Checked, by Cynthia Kadohata

Counting by 7s, by Holly Sloan

Dirt Road Home, by Watt Key (2 votes)

Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell (2 votes)

Empire Falls, by Richard Russo

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green (5 votes)

Five Feet Apart, by Rachael Lippincott (4 votes)

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas (2 votes)

Heretics Anonymous, by Katie Henry

Holding up the Universe, by Jennifer Niven

Indigo Notebook (part of series), by Laura Resau

It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini

Lock and Key, by Sarah Dessen

Love, Aubrey, by Suzanne LaFleur

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, by Jesse Andrews

The Memory of Things, by Gae Polisner

Okay For Now, by Gary Schmidt

Paradise, by Toni Morrison

The Prince Of Tides, by Pat Conroy

See You at Harry's, by Johanna Knowles (2 votes)

Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Summer of Broken Things, by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Summer of Jordi Perez, by Amy Spalding

The Sun is Also A Star, by Nicola Yoon

This is What Happy Looks Like, by Jennifer Smith

A Time to Dance, by Padma Venkatraman

Touch Blue, by Cynthia Lord

Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech

When Audrey Met Alice, by Rebecca Behrens

Wild Bird, by Wendelin Van Draanen (2 votes)

Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson


The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride series), by James Patterson

BZRK (part of series), by Michael Grant

Ender's Game (part of series), by Orson Scott Card

The Final Six, by Alexandra Monir (2 votes)

H.I.V.E. (part of series), by Mark Walden

Legend (part of series), by Marie Lu

The Martian, by Andy Weir (3 votes)

The Maze Runner (part of series), by James Dashner (2 votes)

The Merchant of Death (part of series), by D.J. MacHale

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline (2 votes)

Renegades, by David Liss

The Scorch Trials (part of series), by James Dashner (2 votes)

Scythe (part of series), by Neal Shusterman

Shatter Me (part of series), by Tahereh Mafi

Tunnels (part of series), by Roderick Gordon

Under The Dome, by Stephen King

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle


Ghost (part of series), by Jason Reynolds

The Running Dream, by Wendelin Van Draanen (2 votes)