Interesting books for eighth graders include "Johnny Tremain" by Esther Forbes, "The Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum, and "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" by Avi. Another good book for an eighth grader is "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" by Fannie Flagg.
Esther Forbes' "Johnny Tremain" is a children's historical fiction novel that was published in 1943. This coming-of-age story of a young silversmith's apprentice in Revolutionary War-era Boston was the 16th best selling children's book in the United States, as of 2000. The novel also won the Newbery Medal in 1944, an award that is given annually by the Association for Library Service to Children for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
"The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" is another children's historical fiction novel recommended for eighth-graders. After American author Avi published this novel in 1990, it went on to win several awards, including the Golden Kite Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, as well as the distinction of being named a Newbery Honor Book in 1991. The story takes place in 1832 and features protagonist Charlotte Doyle, a 13-year-old girl who is returning from boarding school from England to her family in America via a ship called the Seahawk. While working alongside the ship's crew during the voyage, Charlotte learns important lessons about herself and life.