After reading The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown, students create an important book of their own based on their independent reading novel. This is the project that I use for 8th graders who have completed their summer reading prior to returning in the fall. It really helps students pick out the theme of the novel. For students who are unable to choose the theme, it really gives me a teaching point to review theme (which we studied extensively in 7th grade). This product is simply the rubric I use, but it needs little outside direction.