Grade 8

Battle of the Dinosaur Bones: Othniel Charles Marsh vs Edward Drinker Cope

From the Series Scientific Rivalries and Scandals

In the 1880s, science witnessed a major shift: Charles Darwin proposed his theory of evolution. People dug up the first dinosaur fossils. And the field of paleontology—the study of ancient… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1020
  • ATOS: 7.5
  • Dewey: 560.97309'034

Battling Malaria: On the Front Lines against a Global Killer

In North America, mosquito bites are usually only a nuisance. But in areas such as Africa and Southeast Asia, the bite can be deadly. There, many mosquitoes transmit a disease called malaria—a Read More →

  • Dewey: 616.9'362

Beaten

From the Series Surviving Southside

Are they really the perfect couple? Paige, cheerleading captain at Southside High, and Ty, star running back, appear to be the perfect couple. But when they have their first fight, Ty… Read More →

  • Lexile: 590
  • ATOS: 4.0
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Beat the Odds

From the Series The Contest

The prize: $10 million The rules: Be the first to complete ten tasks assigned by the Benefactor. Do not ask questions. Do not tell anyone what you're doing. Do not fail. The consequences:… Read More →

  • Lexile: 600
  • ATOS: 4.5
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Becoming Prince Charming

From the Series Suddenly Royal

Seventeen-year-old Mason is content with his slacker lifestyle. That is, until he learns his absentee mother is a member of the Evonian royal family. Suddenly, everything changes—Mason… Read More →

  • Lexile: 740
  • ATOS: 5.0
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Beetle Boy

When he was seven, Charlie Porter never intended to become the world's youngest published author. He just wanted his father to stop crying. So he told him a story about a talking beetle—a… Read More →

  • Lexile: 710
  • ATOS: 4.6
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Behind the Screen

From the Series Mason Falls Mysteries

Hannah's sister, Alexis, has been acting different lately. For one thing, she's constantly on her phone when she never used to care that much about it. But after Hannah discovers that Alexis… Read More →

  • Lexile: 520
  • ATOS: 3.8
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Being a DJ

From the Series On the Radar: Awesome Jobs

Hailed as artistic geniuses who have transformed the music world, top professional DJs command enormous fees. They produce and release their own music and are major celebrities. Make sure… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1020
  • ATOS: 6.2
  • Dewey: 781.64023

Being a Fashion Stylist

From the Series On the Radar: Awesome Jobs

Stylists shape the fashion world. They create headline looks for A-list clients and help designers become millionaires. Make sure this awesome job is on your radar! Inside you'll find these… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1100
  • ATOS: 6.6
  • Dewey: 746.9'2023

Being a Formula One Driver

From the Series On the Radar: Awesome Jobs

To be a Formula One driver, you need to be fast, fierce, and highly skilled. Find out what it's like to have a career in one of the most exciting racing sports. Make sure this awesome job is… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1000
  • ATOS: 6.2
  • Dewey: 796.72

Being a Makeup Artist

From the Series On the Radar: Awesome Jobs

Are you On the Radar? For gorgeous, glowing A-list faces, top celebrities have a fabulous makeup artist on call. Make sure this awesome job is on your radar! Inside you'll find these features: Read More →

  • Lexile: 1070
  • ATOS: 6.6
  • Dewey: 792.02'7023

Being a Model

From the Series On the Radar: Awesome Jobs

Models make the work of designers come to life. They get paid to wear cutting-edge clothes and jet-set around the globe. But there's more to modeling than looking amazing. Make sure this… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1060
  • ATOS: 6.6
  • Dewey: 746.9'2023

Being a Photographer

From the Series On the Radar: Awesome Jobs

From snapping shots of A-list stars on the red carpet to staging amazing photos in a studio, professional photographers can become as famous as the celebrities they shoot. Make sure this… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1010
  • ATOS: 6.5
  • Dewey: 770.23

Being a Snowboarder

From the Series On the Radar: Awesome Jobs

Professional snowboarders live life on the edge—the mountain edge, that is. They carve up untouched snow, then somersault into the wide blue sky. Make sure this action-packed career is on… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1110
  • ATOS: 6.3
  • Dewey: 796.939

Being a Stunt Performer

From the Series On the Radar: Awesome Jobs

With their death-defying stunts and superhuman feats, stunt performers create film action moments that keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Make sure this awesome job is on your radar!… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1030
  • ATOS: 6.3
  • Dewey: 791.4302'8

Believe

When Janine Collins was six years old, she was the only survivor of a suicide bombing that killed her parents and dozens of others. Media coverage instantly turned her into a symbol of hope… Read More →

  • Lexile: 510
  • ATOS: 3.9
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Bench Brawl

From the Series Lorimer Sports Stories

The "Helmets" and the "Gloves" have been cross-river rink rivals forever, so when the league decides to merge the two teams to represent their small B.C. town at a big invitational hockey… Read More →

  • Lexile: 670
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Ben Franklin: Inventing America

From the Series Great Leaders and Events

A classic biography of Benjamin Franklin for young readers in a new, illustrated edition. Benjamin Franklin was a true American original—an accomplished scientist, athlete, inventor, writer… Read More →

  • Lexile: 1140
  • ATOS: 8.5
  • Dewey: 900

Benito Runs

From the Series Surviving Southside

Running away is the only option. Benito's father, Xavier, had been in Iraq for more than a year. When he returns, Benito's family life is not the same. Xavier suffers from PTSD—post-traumatic Read More →

  • Lexile: 530
  • ATOS: 3.8
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Beowulf

From the Series First Avenue Classics ™

King Hrothgar of Denmark has a problem: though his land prospers, his great mead-hall is plagued nightly by a horrible beast, Grendel, that pillages and kills his men. Leaving his home in… Read More →

  • ATOS: 10.4
  • Dewey: 829'.3

Beowulf: Monster Slayer [A British Legend]

From the Series Graphic Myths and Legends

Beowulf is a brave and mighty warrior, known to have the strength of thirty men. At home in Geatland, Beowulf hears about the terrible troubles of his father's friend, Hrothgar, the king of… Read More →

  • Lexile: 700
  • ATOS: 4.3
  • Dewey: 741.5'973

Better Than Picture Perfect

From the Series The Sharp Sisters

The Sharp sisters are bold, bright, sassy, stylin', and fierce. As the daughters of mayoral candidate Stanley Sharp, all eyes are on them as they attend high school. Every choice they make… Read More →

  • Lexile: 690
  • ATOS: 4.6
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Between the Dragon and the Eagle

From the Series Adventures in Time

The author takes readers on a fascinating journey back to A.D. 100, where a bolt of sky blue silk is carried by successive caravans from China to Rome along the ancient Silk Road. The… Read More →

  • Lexile: 670
  • Dewey: [Fic]

Between Two Worlds: A Story about Pearl Buck

From the Series Creative Minds Biographies

Growing up in China as the child of American missionaries, Pearl read and listened to stories from both the East and the West. A story, she thought, was a wonderful way to learn about people… Read More →

  • ATOS: 5.4
  • Dewey: 921