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Summer Reading & School Supplies - 6th Grade

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6th Grade Supply List

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Summer Reading List

The books listed below support and reinforce the concepts and skills taught within the current classroom reading program throughout the school year.

To read a book review and summary, please visit the following websites and enter the book title: Follett Library Resources for review sources (requires logging in),, School Library Journal, or Kirkus Reviews

Entering 6th Grade:

Never Mind: A Twin Novel - Avi
Interest level: 5-8
Reading level: 6.0
School Library Journal (May 1, 2004)
Gr 5-7-Seventh-grade twins Edward and Meg are the first to proclaim that they are as different as night and day; Edward is a puny free spirit who attends an "alternative" middle school, while Meg is a control freak with low self-esteem. The twins take turns telling the story of how Meg's desire to fit in with the popular girls in her elite school and Edward's inability to resist taking his sister down a peg result in a fabrication of monstrous proportions. Soon everyone at Meg's school thinks she has a tall, gorgeous, rock star brother named Ted, a fiction that Edward (unbeknownst to Meg) encourages by impersonating Ted on the phone. The voices of the twins are eerily realistic and convincing, from Edward's choppy, casual comments on life to Meg's anguished ruminations. The readiness of most characters to believe whatever people tell them, leading to ludicrous misunderstandings, requires a willing suspension of disbelief, but the way events rapidly spin out of control makes this an enticing read for boys and girls alike. The climax, during which Edward's makeshift band does NOT suddenly become the next Nirvana, is hysterically funny and over-the-top, yet completely realistic. The twins' dawning tolerance and appreciation of one another at the end is a little pat considering their earlier violent antipathy, but also quite a relief. Light, fun, and sure to be popular.

   The Boggart - Cooper
Interest level: 5-8
Reading level: 6.0
School Library Journal (January 1993)
Gr 4-7-- The Volnik family inherits a rundown old castle on an island off Scotland and visits their new property. After returning home, 12-year-old Emily and 10-year-old Jessup notice strange things happening. Their detective work eventually discloses the cause--a mischievous boggart has accidentally become trapped in a piece of furniture the family shipped home to Canada. Unfortunately, no adults believe them. The children claim innocence on Halloween night as pieces of furniture fly through the air and a bucket of water soaks their mother. Eventually, the boggart's pranks begin to cause serious problems; he becomes intrigued with the power of electricity, and causes a traffic accident that lands Emily in the hospital. Finally, he learns to communicate with the children by computer, causing the message-- ''I want to go to my own country''--to appear in Gaelic on Jessup's screen. When he gets trapped in a black hole in a computer space-adventure game, the youngsters devise a daring, risky, and ultimately successful plan to help the boggart return home. The novel is fleshed out with numerous, vividly realized secondary characters, including various actors at the Chervil Playhouse, where Mr. Volnik is artistic director, as well as the novel's true villain, Dr. Stigmore, a psychiatrist and a parapsychology scholar who insists that Emily is a troubled adolescent in need of hospitalization. The intelligently thought-out clash between the ancient folkloric creature and modern science guarantees a wide audience. A lively story, compelling from first page to last, and a good bet for a read-aloud.

Tuck Everlasting - Babbitt
Interest level: 5-8
Reading level: 5.9
Imagine coming upon a fountain of youth in a forest. To live forever--isn't that everyone's ideal? For the Tuck family, eternal life is a reality, but their reaction to their fate is surprising. Award winner Natalie Babbitt outdoes herself in this sensitive, moving adventure in which 10-year-old Winnie Foster is kidnapped, finds herself helping a murderer out of jail, and is eventually offered the ultimate gift--but doesn't know whether to accept it. Babbitt asks profound questions about the meaning of life and death, and leaves the reader with a greater appreciation for the perfect cycle of nature. Intense and powerful, exciting and poignant, Tuck Everlasting will last forever--in the reader's imagination. An ALA Notable Book. 

The Hero Revealed(The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy): - Boniface
Interest level: 3-6
Reading level: 5.6
Booklist starred (February 1, 2006 (Vol. 102, No. 11)
Gr. 5-8. Stanley subtly twists strands of the Cinderella story until it's something quite new and fine. A baby girl, Bella, is born to a mother who dies in childbirth. Bella's furious father sends her away to be raised among peasants, where she is befriended by Julian, a prince, a fourth son who has no place in his family. When they are both teenagers, Julian treats Bella cruelly; then he is sent away to a warring kingdom as a hostage for peace. Soon after, Bella is recalled by her father and finds herself unhappily living with him and his new family, including a stepsister who is a handmaiden at the palace. It is from this young woman that Bella learns about an invasion that will bring about Julian's death, which Bella is determined to prevent. Each character steps forward to tell pieces of the story, a device that enlivens the tale (though in one or two instances, it's hard to distinguish between the voices of Bella and her stepsister). What raises this above other re-created fairy tales is the quality of the writing, dotted with jeweled description and anchored by the strong values--loyalty, truth, honor. Stanley helps readers understand nobility, not in the sense of aristocracy, but as it signifies dignity and decency. The gilt-and-red book jacket makes the book look like a wrapped present.

Blood On the River: - Carbone
Interest level: 5-8
Reading level: 4.8
School Library Journal (July 1, 2006)
Grades 5-7-After attempting to steal back a necklace that belonged to his deceased mother, Samuel Collier is sent to an orphanage run by Reverend Hunt. The 11-year-old joins him on a journey to the New World, serving as a page to Captain John Smith. Samuel's account of the voyage to Virginia, political intrigues among the settlers, and the harrowing first winter of the James Town settlement brings to life figures like Smith, Powhatan, and Pocahontas. Details about food and daily life add realism to the story, and quotes from historical sources begin each chapter. This Samuel is more conflicted than the one in Gail Langer Karwoski's Surviving Jamestown: The Adventures of Young Sam Collier (Peachtree, 2001). His initial selfishness changes as he responds to the reverend, to Smith, and to his new friends. His time in an Indian village and his changing perspectives on the Natives add interest to the story and depth to his character. While the opening chapters move slowly, the pace picks up as Samuel reaches Virginia. This title is a good choice for a tie-in with the 400th anniversary celebrations of Jamestown in 2007.

Additional Reading Ideas

Amalee's world is all out of order. She's used to chaos because of the frequent presence of her father's bantering, bickering group of fun friends. But, when Amalee's dad becomes seriously ill, the chaos takes new form - and the ways of coping come from some very unexpected places.
Theme - Time of Turmoil

Bud, Not Buddy
It is Depression-era Michigan and 10 year old Bud is setting out to find the man he believes to be his father. Bud may be a motherless boy but he's got a few things going for him. Although his mother never told him who his father was, she left some clues. Once he decides to hit the road, nothing can stop him.
Theme - Acceptance

The Egypt Game
Melanie and April invent the Egypt game. Before long, others are drawn to it. They wear costumes, hold ceremonies, and work on a secret code. Then strange things begin to happen to the players. Has the Egypt game gone too far?
Theme - New Horizons 

The Empty Mirror
Nick is a 13 year old orphan growing up in the wilds of New England in the 1930's when his already troubled life takes a turn for the worse. Blames for a murder, Nick discovers he must confront a ghost who is causing all the mayhem.
Theme - Time of Turmoil

   Lily's Crossing
Lily's blissful summer of 1944 comes to a rude halt when her father is drafted into the military. Left alone with her grandmother in the family's summer home in the Rockaways, Lily befriends Albert, a shy Hungarian boy. A refugee from the Nazis, young Albert bears a grief and sadness of his own. Theme - Time of Turmoil

A Long Way from Chicago
Using life in Depression era small town, here are eight thoroughly entertaining stories featuring Grandma Dowdel.
Theme - Time of Turmoil

   Heroes Don't Run
This taut adventure adopts the perspective of a 14 year old newly arrived in Hawaii to capture the chaos surrounding the unexpected attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Theme - Time of Turmoil

A fictionalized account of the bombing of Hiroshima as seen through the eyes of 12 year old, Sachi. It tells the poignant story of a young girl and a city destroyed by and was healed by the courage to rebuild and survive.
Theme - Time of Turmoil

Private Peaceful
Young Thomas lies about his age and follows his older brother to France to fight in WWI. He lives through the terror of gas attacks and witnesses his childhood friends die beside him.
Theme - Looking Ahead

Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time
Stanford must forego celebrity basketball camp for summer school and afternoon tutoring with his enemy, Millicent. Soon they discover they have much in common as they help each other through messy predicaments.
Theme - Change

The First Woman Doctor
A biography of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor, who founded a woman's hospital and medical college.
Theme - Acceptance

Aesop's Fables
As legend has it, the storyteller Aesop was a slave who lived in ancient Greece during the sixth century B.C. His memorable, recountable fables have brought amusing characters to life and driven home thought-provokingmorals for generations of listeners and modern-day readers.

Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The
The six Herdman children are the meanest, toughest kids in town. So what happens when they take over the church's annual Christmas pageant? They experience the Christmas story for the first time and help everyone elserediscover its true meaning.

Call of the Wild, The
The Call of the Wild centers on Buck, a dog bred for a life of ease on a California estate, who is kidnapped and sold to Klondike gold hunters. To survive the biting cold and his ruthless masters, Buck must listen to the Call and learn the ways of his wolf-ancestors who guide him from within.

Cay, The
When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.

 Christmas Carol, The
A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future.  
Theme - change

Seventh-grader John "Crash" Coogan has always been comfortable with his tough, aggressive behavior, until his relationship with an unusual Quaker boy and his grandfather's stroke make him consider the meaning offriendship and the importance of family.

An exciting novel of suspense, based on a fight to the finish between an honest and courageous young man and a cynical business tycoon who believes that anything can be had for a price.

Great Gilly Hopkins, The
An eleven-year-old foster child tries to cope with her longings and fears as she schemes against everyone who tries to be friendly.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
When the Chamber of Secrets is opened again at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, second-year student Harry Potter finds himself in danger from a dark power that has once more been released on the school.Friendship, conflict

Let the Circle be Unbroken
Four black children growing up in rural Mississippi during the Depression experience racial antagonisms and hard times, but learn from their parents the pride and self-respect they need to survive.

Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter. Struggle, relationships

Missing May
After the death of the beloved aunt who has raised her, twelve-year-old Summer and her uncle Ob leave their West Virginia trailer in search of the strength to go on living.

Phantom Tollbooth, The
A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.Change; growing up

Sideways Stories from the Wayside School
Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story. Relationships

Sing Down the Moon
A young Navajo girl recounts the events of 1864 when her tribe was forced to march to Fort Sumner as prisoners of the white soldiers. Struggle

Summer of My German Soldier
When German prisoners of war are brought to her Arkansas town during World War II, twelve-year-old Patty, a Jewish girl, befriends one of them and must deal with the consequences of that friendship.

There's a Boy in the Girl's bathroom
Bradley Chalkers may be the weirdest kid in school, but he's not completely hopeless. Self-discovery

Watson's Go to Birmingham, The
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

Wave, The
The powerful forces of group pressure that pervaded many historic movements such as Nazism are recreated in the classroom when history teacher Burt Ross introduces a "new" system to his students. And before long "The Wave," with its rules of "strength through discipline, community, and action, " sweeps from the classroom through the entire school. And as most of the students join the movement, Laurie Saunders and David Collins recognize the frightening momentum of "The Wave" and realize they must stop it before it's too late.

Westing Game, The
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.

When Legends Die
When his father killed another brave, Thomas Black Bull and his parents sought refuge in the wilderness. There they took up life as it had been in the old days, hunting and fishing, battling for survival. But an accident claimed the father's life and the grieving mother died shortly afterward. Left alone, the young Indian boy vowed never to return to the white man's world, to the alien laws that had condemned his father.

Something Upstairs
When he moves from Los Angeles to Providence, Rhode Island, Kenny discovers that his new house is haunted by the spirit of a black slave boy who asks Kenny to return with him to the early nineteenth century and prevent his murder by slave traders. Friendship

Non-Fiction Reading Ideas
The Rosetta Stone and the Secret of Hieroglyphics

  • Home of the Brave
  • Rails Across America
  • Cracking the German Code
  • From Sea to Shining Sea
  • Heading West
  • Let the Games Begin: History of the Olympics
  • The Mexican-American War
  • The War at Home
  • A Battle Over Borders
  • Holocaust Rescuers
  • Pompeii: The Lost City
  • Uncovering America's Past
  • The Unsinkable Titanic
  • Crossing America by Rail
  • Pompeii: The Lost City
  • Uncovering America's Past
  • The Unsinkable Titanic
  • Crossing America by Rail
  • Flying Across the Ocean: Yesterday and Today
  • Good Idea! How Inventions Shape Our Lives
  • Innocent Prisoners! Life in a Japanese-American Internment Camp
  • A Shifting Society
  • Spreading Across the Continent
  • Two Great Rivers
  • When Everyone Became a Hero
  • Conflict in the American West
  • Ideas That Shaped Egyptian Life
  • The Transcontinental Railroad
  • The United States Goes West
  • Ancient Greece and Modern Culture
  • Ancient Life Along the Nile
  • Buildings in Greece and Rome
  • The Great Depression
  • Life and Beliefs in Ancient Egypt
  • Search for Land, Gold, and a New Life
  • Westward Expansion
  • Building Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Following the Golden Dream
  • Homesteaders in Nebraska
  • From National Geographic
  • The First Civilizations
  • Greek Civilizations
  • Ancient Rome
  • Egypt
  • Greece
  • Rome
  • Voices from America's Past
  • Seeds of Change in American History