Grade 6

Book Selection 2017/18

 

Beyond the bright sea by Wolk, Lauren

Interest Level: 5-8
Using her bravery and perseverance, Crow must follow clues that not only lead to a personal treasure, but to uncovering her lost identity and, ultimately, understanding what it means to be a family.“–Provided by publisher.
Star & Awards – 6

Bubble by Foster, Stewart

Interest Level: 3-6
Orphaned eleven-year-old Joe lives in a hospital due to his autoimmune disease, interacting only with his sister, an American boy with the same illness, and medical staff while dreaming of being a superhero.
Star & Awards – 4

Posted by DiCamillo, KateAnderson, John David

Interest Level: 3-6
“A group of middle school students decide to begin leaving sticky notes for each other after cell phones are banned, but soon the kids in school are leaving cutting and cruel notes, and nothing will ever be the same.”
Star & Awards – 5

Hello Universe by Kelly, Erin Entrada

Interest Level: 5-8
“The lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully’s prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.”
Star & Awards – 4

One amazing elephant by High, Linda Oatman

Interest Level: 5-8
“When Lily travels to Florida for the funeral, she keeps her distance from the elephant. But the two are mourning the same man-and form a bond born of loss. And when Queenie Grace faces danger, Lily must come up with a plan to help save her friend.”
Star & Awards – 3

 

Books we have read:

Pax by Pennypecker, Sara

Reading Level: MG
“After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back”

Hour of the Bees by Eagar, Lindsey

Reading Level: MG
“At first, twelve-year-old Carol is not happy to be spending the summer helping her parents move her grandfather to an assisted living home, but as the summer wears on, she finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by his amazing stories.”

Ramie Nightingale by Dicamillo, Kate

Reading Level: MG
Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.

Some kind of courage by Gemeinhart, Dan

Reading Level: MG
In 1890 Washington the only family Joseph Johnson has left is his half-wild Indian pony, Sarah, so when she is sold by a man who has no right to do so, he sets out to get her back–and he plans to let nothing stop him in his quest.

Flipped by Van Draanen, Wendelin

Reading Level: 5-8
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.

El Deafo

El Deafo by Bell, Cece

Reading Level: 3.3  Interest Level: 3-6
Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful–and very awkward–hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear–sometimes things she shouldn’t–but also isolates her from her classmates.

Nory Ryan's Song

Nory Ryan’s Song by Giff, Patricia Reilly 

Reading Level: 5.5  Interest Level: 5-8
When a terrible blight attacks Ireland’s potato crop in 1845, twelve-year-old Nory Ryan’s courage and ingenuity helps her family and neighbors survive.

Cosmic

Cosmic by Cottrell Boyce, Frank

Reading Level: 5.5  Interest Level: 5-8
Twelve-year-old Liam, who looks like he is thirty and is tired of being treated like he is older than he actually is, decides he is going to pose as the adult chaperone on the first spaceship to take civilians into space, but when he ends up in outer space with a group of kids and no adult supervision, he must think fast to make things right.

The Westing Game

The Westing Game by Raskin, Ellen

Reading Level: 7.0  Interest Level: 5-8
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

Cover image The wild girls by Murphy, Pat
Reading Level: 5.1  Interest Level: 5-8
Twelve-year-old Joan, worried that she will not have any friends when her family moves from Connecticut to California, bonds right away with Sarah, a girl who prefers to be called Fox, and the two spend a joyous summer playing outside, making up stories, and attending a writing class.
Skellig by Almond, David
Reading Level: 3.5  Interest Level: 5-8
Unhappy about his baby sister’s illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel.
Schooled by Korman, Gordon
Reading Level: 4.5  Interest Level: 5-8
Cap lives in isolation with his grandmother, a former hippie; but when she falls from a tree and breaks her hip, Cap is sent to a foster home where he has his first experience in a public school.

The Familiars by Epstein, Adam Jay
Reading Level: 6.4  Interest Level: 3-6

After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

cover_image Storyteller by Giff, Patricia Reilly
Reading Level: 3.6  Interest Level: 4-2
Forced to spend months at an aunt’s house, Elizabeth feel a connection to her ancestor Zee, whose picture hangs on the wall, and who reveals her story of hardships during the Revolutionary War as Elizabeth comes to terms with her own troubles.
Number the stars by Lowry, Lois
Reading Level: 4.9  Interest Level: 5-8

In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.
Cover image
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.
Cover image The wild girls by Pat Murphy
Reading Level: 5.1  Interest Level: 5-8
Twelve-year-old Joan, worried that she will not have any friends when her family moves from Connecticut to California, bonds right away with Sarah, a girl who prefers to be called Fox, and the two spend a joyous summer playing outside, making up stories, and attending a writing class.
Cover image The shadow thieves by Anne Ursu
Reading Level: 5.7  Interest Level: 5-8

After her cousin Zee arrives from England, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and he must set out to save humankind from denizens of the underworld, Nightmares, Death, Pain, and a really nasty guy named Phil.
Cover image Listening for lions by Gloria Whelan
Reading Level: 6.0  Interest Level: 5-8
Left an orphan after the influenza epidemic in British East Africa in 1919, thirteen-year-old Rachel is tricked into assuming a deceased neighbor’s identity to travel to England, where her only dream is to return to Africa and rebuild her parents’ mission hospital.
Cover image The mysterious Benedict Society written by Trent Lee Stewart ; illustrations by Carson Ellis
Reading Level: 6.4  Interest Level: 3-6

After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
Cover image The misfits by James Howe
Reading Level: 8.3  Interest Level: 5-8

Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names.
Cover image The boy in the striped pajamas : a fable by John Boyne
Interest Level: Young Adult

Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called “Out-With” in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.

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