6th Grade Summer Reading 2017

girl with glassesREALISTIC FICTION

Mockingbird by Katherine Erskine

Caitlin, a 5th-grader with Asperger’s Syndrome, used to depend on her big brother Devon, but when he’s killed in a school shooting, she and her dad have to find a way to grieve, and heal, together. [BOOK TRAILER]

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Melody has cerebral palsy and cannot walk or talk. Will a computer that lets her speak help her make friends? [BOOK TRAILER]

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Suzy’s former BFF dies unexpectedly, just before 7th grade. When Suzy learns about a rare, poisonous jellyfish during a school trip, she is convinced this is how her friend died. But will an answer help her get over her grief? [BOOK TRAILER]
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky
Sixth-grader Grayson realizes a dream but attracts controversy by taking the role of the female lead in the school play. [BOOK TRAILER]


 ✔ Horizon by Scott Westerfeld
A mysterious plane crash lands a pack of kids in a place that really shouldn't exist. [BOOK TRAILER]

Time Traveling with a Hamster by Ross Welford
For his 12th birthday, Albert Einstein Hawking Chaudhury receives a pet hamster and a letter from his father, who died four years earlier. The letter instructs Al to find the time machine his father built. [REVIEW]

A Whisper of Horses by Zillah Bethell
In this dystopian novel set in Lahn Dan (once London), newly orphaned 12-year-old Serendipity sets out in search of supposedly extinct horses. [REVIEW]

witch hatFANTASY

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
An elderly witch, a magical girl, a brave carpenter, a wise monster, a tiny dragon, paper birds, and a madwoman converge to thwart a magician who feeds on sorrow. 

The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart
A solitary boy with a penchant for finding “spots where no one would ever think to look” finds a mysterious watch and unravels a series of startling secrets. 

football helmetSPORTS FICTION

 ✔ The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Basketball-playing twins find challenges to their relationship on and off the court as they cope with changes in their lives.

Guys Read: The Sports Pages by Jon Scieszka
Each book in this series features ten short stories in different genres, by some of the best writers in each genre. [GUYS READ AUTHORS TELL "THE JOKE"]

Game Changers by Mike Lupica
Ben’s love of football forces him to overcome his disappointment at losing the role of starting quarterback to the coach’s son. [BOOK TRAILER]

speech bubbleGRAPHIC NOVEL

Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson

One bad day in seventh grade can feel like a lifetime. However, even end-of-the-world–level heartache can have surprising and comic consequences. [HOW TO DRAW INVISIBLE EMMIE]


Stella By Starlight by Sharon Draper

Stella Mills and her brother Jojo witness the Ku Klux Klan burning a cross late one starry night, setting off a chain reaction that leaves their entire community changed. 


Scientists in the Field Series
 Far from the research laboratory, these books show firsthand adventures in the great outdoors—adventures with a purpose. 

The Plot to Kill Hitler by Patricia McCormick
The story of theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s brief but notable life is related in the context of his resistance to the Nazis and association with the 1944 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. [BOOK TALK]


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

In The Jungle Book, Mowgli was raised by animals. In this book, an orphan is raised by ghosts in a graveyard. Also available as a graphic novel. [BOOK TRAILER]

magnifying glassMYSTERY

The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin

For her tenth birthday, puzzle enthusiast Winston Breen gave his little sister Katie a decorative box with a secret compartment containing four curious strips of wood with numbers and letters. [REVIEW]

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