6th Grade List 2013
Summer 6 2013
R. J. Palacio. Wonder.
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. Book Trailer
Katherine Applegate. The One and Only Ivan. Newbery Medal Winner
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life. Book Trailer 1 Book Trailer 2
Marc Aronson and H. P. Newquist. For Boys Only: the Baddest Book Ever.
Information on a variety of topics of interest to boys, such as how to fight off an alligator, make fake blood, escape from being tied-up, land an airplane, and much more.
Avi. Crispin: the Cross of Lead. (Newbery Medal winner) Crispin: at the Edge of the World; Crispin: The End of Time. (only one can count)
Falsely accused of theft and declared a "wolf's head" (whom any man may kill) after his mother's death, humble, pious Crispin flees the feudal village where he was raised and the steward who wants him dead. Taken in as an apprentice by a massive, red-haired, itinerant juggler who calls himself Bear, Crispin learns about music and mummery, about freedom and questioning fate, and about his own mysterious parentage that seems to be the reason behind the steward's continuing pursuit of him. Set in fourteenth century England. Newbery Award 2002 Book Trailer
Joan Bauer. Almost Home.
When twelve-year-old Sugar's grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. With the help of a rescue dog, Shush; a foster family; a supportive teacher; a love of poetry; and her own grace and good humor, Sugar comes to understand that while she can't control the hand life deals her, she can control how she responds.
Michael D. Beil. Summer at Forsaken Lake.
Twelve-year-old Nicholas and his ten-year-old, twin sisters, Hetty and Haley, spend the summer with their Great-Uncle Nick at Forsaken Lake, where he and their new friend Charlie investigate the truth about an accident involving their families many years before.
Pseudonymous Bosch. The Name of This Book is Secret; If You're Reading This, It's Too Late; This Book is Not Good For You; This Isn’t What It Looks Like. Secret series. (only one can count)
Cassandra and Max find a missing magician's notebook and start to investigate the fire that burned down his house and his mysterious "symphony of smells. Book Trailer
Linda Buckley Archer. The Time Travelers; The Time Thief; The Time Quake. The Gideon Trilogy. (only one from this series can count)
When an attempt to bring Peter and Kate back to their own time is bungled, Peter finds himself stranded in 1763 while The Tar Man, a villainous eighteenth-century criminal, returns with Kate to twenty-first-century London. Book Trailer
Frank Cottrell Boyce. Cosmic.
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. BookTrailer
Georgia Bragg. How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous.
This fascinating collection of remarkable deaths relays all the gory details of how 19 world figures gave up the ghost, including King Tut, Julius Caesar, George Washington, Edgar Allan Poe, and Henry VIII.
Frances Hodgson Burnett. The Secret Garden.
Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden. Book Trailer
Ann Cameron. Colibri.
She was little and quick and pretty. Her mother nicknamed her Colibrí, Spanish for "Hummingbird." At age four she was kidnapped, torn from her parents on a crowded bus in Guatemala City. Since then she's traveled with "Uncle," the ex-soldier and wandering beggar who has renamed her Rosa. Uncle has always told Rosa that he searched for her parents but had no success. There’s almost no chance Rosa will ever find them – but Rosa still remembers and longs for them.
Janet Lee Carey. Dragon’s Keep; Dragonswood. (only one can count)
In 1145 A.D., as foretold by Merlin, fourteen-year-old Rosalind, who will be the twenty-first Pendragon Queen of Wilde Island, has much to accomplish to fulfill her destiny, while hiding from her people the dragon's claw she was born with that reflects only one of her mother's dark secrets.
Gennifer Choldenko. No Passengers Beyond This Point.
With their house in foreclosure, sisters India and Mouse and brother Finn are sent to stay with an uncle in Colorado until their mother can join them, but when the plane lands, the children are welcomed by cheering crowds to a strange place where each of them has a perfect house and a clock that is ticking down the time. Book Trailer
Sharon Creech. The Great Unexpected.
Orphans Naomi and Lizzie, living in America, and grown-up sisters Sybil and Nula, from Ireland, learn what life is truly about as they receive help from one another and open up their hearts to love and forgiveness. Author Reading
Laura Dower. For Girls Only: Everything Great About Being a Girl.
Discusses the benefits of being a girl, from sleepovers to pedicures and friendship bracelets, covering famous women from sports, science, and history, and how to be a baby-sitter and get a job for the summer. Book Trailer
John Feinstein. Last Shot: a Final Four Mystery; Vanishing Act: Mystery at the U. S. Open; Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl. Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series; The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game; Rush For the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics. (only one from this series can count)
As winners of a writing contest, eighth-graders Steven Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson travel to the NCAA Final Four as journalists. In addition to meeting college basketball celebrities, the two also uncover a plot to fix the championship game. This fast-moving mystery takes the reader to a behind-the-scenes look at the Final Four. Book Trailer
Sid Fleischman. Escape: The Story of The Great Houdini.
A biography of the magician, ghost chaser, aviator, and king of escape artists whose amazing feats are remembered long after his death in 1926.
Jack Gantos. Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, Joey Pigza Loses Control, What Would Joey Do?; I Am Not Joey Pigza. (only one from this series can count)
To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription medications wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired. Book Trailer
Donna Gephart. How to Survive Middle School.
When thirteen-year-old David Greenberg’s best friend makes the start of middle school even worse than he feared it could be, David becomes friends with Sophie, who shares his love of television shows and posts on of their skits on YouTube, making them wildly popular – online, at least. Book Trailer
Stuart Gibbs. Spy School.
Twelve-year-old Ben Ripley leaves his public middle school to attend the CIA's highly secretive Espionage Academy, which everyone is told is an elite science school.
John Grisham. Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer; Theodore Boone: The Abduction; Theodore Boone: The Accused. (only one can count)
Thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone, who knows every judge, police officer, and court clerk in the small town of Strattenburg, finds himself involved in a murder trial because of knowledge he might have about a cold-blooded killer. Book Trailer 1 Book Trailer 2
Lewis Harris. A Taste for Red.
When some of her classmates disappear, sixth-grader Svetlana, along with her new friends, goes in search of the missing students using her newfound ability as an Olfactive, one who has heightened smell, hearing, and the ability to detect vampires. Book Trailer
Phillip Hoose. Moonbird: a Year on the Wind With the Great Survivor B95. 2013 Kyle Likover Memorial Visiting Author.
Chronicles a year in the life of rufa red knot B95, also called Moonbird, following him through his migration pattern, flying from Tierra del Fuego to the breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic, 9,000 miles away.
Gordon Korman. Ungifted.
Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at middle school.
Thanhha Lai. Inside Out & Back Again. Newberry Honor Book, National Book Award Winner.
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama. Book Trailer
Kristin Levine. The Lions of Little Rock.
Twelve-year-old Marlee develops a strong friendship with Liz, the new girl in school, but when Liz suddenly stops attending school and Marlee hears a rumor that her friend is actually an African American girl passing herself off as white, the two young girls must decide whether their friendship is worth taking on integration and the dangers it could bring to their families. Book Trailer
Pittacus Lore. I Am Number Four, The Power of Six, The Rise of Nine. Lorien Legacies series (only one can count)
Josh Lacey. Island of Thieves.
Tom goes with his Uncle Harvey to Peru, where they narrowly escape imprisonment and death as they hunt for buried treasure after tracking down a journal written by John Drake, a young relative of Sir Francis Drake, on a voyage to Lima in 1577.
Lisa McMann. The Unwanteds; Island of Silence. (only one can count)
In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic. Book Trailer
Maile Meloy. The Apothecary.
Fourteen-year-old Janie Scott, newly arrived in London from Los Angeles in 1952, becomes friends with a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows, and is drawn into a dangerous adventure with Benjamin when his father is kidnapped and Russian spies try to steal his book of secrets. Book Trailer
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Emily’s Fortune.
While traveling to her aunt's home in Redbud by train and stagecoach, quiet young Emily and her turtle, Rufus, team up with Jackson, fellow orphan and troublemaker extraordinaire, to outsmart mean Uncle Victor, who is after Emily's inheritance. Book Trailer
O. T. Nelson. The Girl Who Owned a City.
When a plague sweeps over the earth killing everyone except children under twelve, ten-year-old Lisa organizes a group to rebuild a new way of life. Book Trailer
Richard Peck. The Teacher’s Funeral: a Comedy in Three Parts.
In rural Indiana in 1904, fifteen-year-old Russell's dreams of quitting school and joining a wheat threshing crew are disrupted when his older sister takes over the teaching at his one-room schoolhouse after mean old Myrt Arbuckle "hauls off and dies." Book Trailer
Susan Runholt. The Mystery of the Third Lucretia; Rescuing Seneca Crane; Adventure at Simba Hill. Kari + Lucas Mystery. (only one from this series can count.)
While traveling in London, Paris, and Amsterdam, fourteen-year-old best friends Kari and Lucas solve an international art forgery mystery.
Anna Sewell. Black Beauty.
A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters. Book Trailer
Diane Stanley. The Silver Bowl; The Cup and the Crown. (only one can count)
From the age of seven when she became scullery maid in a castle, Molly has seen visions of the future which, years later, lead her and friend Tobias on an adventure to keep Alaric, the heir to the throne, safe from a curse. Book Trailer
Rebecca Stead. Liar & Spy.
Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building. Book Trailer
Trenton Lee Stewart. The Mysterious Benedict Society; The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey; The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma; The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict. (only one can count)
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. Book Trailer
Allan Stratton. The Grave Robber’s Apprentice.
Hans, a foundling raised by a grave robber, helps Countess Angela Gabriela, nearly thirteen, when she is torn away from her dream of being a professional puppeteer by an evil archduke out to destroy her and her parents. Book Trailer 1 Book Trailer 2
Annika Thor. A Faraway Island.
Stephie and Nellie, two Austrian Jewish sisters, are evacuated in 1938 from Vienna to a Swedish island and placed in separate foster homes.
Jules Verne. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Science-fiction tale about a French professor and his companions who are trapped aboard a futuristic submarine with a mad sea captain and come face to face with exotic ocean creatures and strange sights hidden from the world above. Book Trailer
Jacqueline West. The Shadows; Spellbound; The Second Spy. The Books of Elsewhere series. (only one can count)
When eleven-year old Olive and her distracted parents move into an old Victorian mansion, Olive finds herself ensnared in a dark plan involving some mysterious paintings, a trapped and angry nine-year-old boy, and three talking cats. Book Trailer
Ben H. Winters. The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman.
Spurred by a special project from her social studies teacher, seventh-grader Bethesda Fielding uncovers the secret identity of her music teacher, which leads to a most unusual concert performance and a tutoring assignment.
Johann David Wyss. The Swiss Family Robinson.
Relates the fortunes of a shipwrecked family as they adapt to life on an island with abundant animal and plant life. Book Trailer