eighth grade

Much Ado About Nothing

Author(s): 
William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing is an uproarious comedy (with plenty of dramatic elements) about love and hate. While awaiting the marriage of Hero and Claudio, several plots unfold. One is an incredibly funny conspiracy to set up Beatrice and Benedick, two swift-tongued sworn enemies, to fall in love with each other. The other is nefarious, a plan to ruin Hero by convincing Claudio and company that she has been unfaithful.

Where Valor Lies

Author(s): 
Adele and Cateau De Leeuw

For young Richard, life as a poor Parisian apprentice seems rather grim compared to the glamour of going on a crusade with good King Louis IX. After he hears the impassioned words of a friar preaching in a town square, Richard abandons his unhappy apprenticeship and enthusiastically joins up with King Louis’ Crusade. Little does he realize what he is getting himself into. But, before he runs away to join up, he “instinctively” enters the great cathedral of Notre Dame to pray about his future and a problem that is weighing him down.

Belisarius

Author(s): 
Paolo A. Belzoni

I have to admit that I had high expectations for this book! I had been looking for something for this time period for more than a year. And, thankfully, my expectations were well met . . . this is a great new resource for those of you “reading your way through history.”

Belisarius was a general under Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. He was renowned as a virtuous and courageous leader who accomplished great victories despite unsupportive and even imprudent superiors. Without him, Justinian’s reign could not have been as long-loved and illustrious.

The Lord of the Rings

Book Cover: 'Lord of the Rings'
Author(s): 
J.R.R. Tolkien

Five Reasons to Read J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings

Novel Inquiries, Volume 2: Ancient Civilizations, Grades 7-9

Author(s): 
Margot Davidson

A Set of Guides for Four Novels Integrating Composition and Higher Level Thinking

Volume 2 carries on the tradition of excellence described in the review of Volume 1, with many additional features for the middle grade student. The 43-page Teacher's Guide is separate from the 136-page Student Book at this level. This volume includes literature guides for Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, Warrior Scarlet by Rosemary Sutcliffe, The Tale of Troy by Roger Lancelyn Green, and Caesar's Gallic Wars by Olivia Coolidge.

Come Back Wherever You Are

Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber

Beany, now married with two children, struggles to help Kay's young son who is having emotional difficulties.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Book cover: 'Something Borrowed, Something Blue'
Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber

Beany is offered the dream wedding by her step-grandmother who is a fashionable wedding consultant. Tempers flare and personalities clash as these dreams conflict with other, more important things.

Tarry Awhile

Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber

Beany has a long engagement and is jealous of friends who marry quickly and hassle her about it.

Pick a New Dream

Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber

Beany is disappointed in a newspaper job falling through and begins work at the Community Center with Carlton Buell.

Welcome Stranger

Book cover: 'Welcome Stranger'
Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber

Beany sympathizes with Tony Lombard who is dealing with guilt from a hit-and-run accident.

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