6th Grade Recommended Reading
Rising 6th graders should also read two other books of their choice. They do not need to choose from the recommended list below, but they should pick texts suitable to their reading level.
Keep track of the titles and authors on the school form; parents should sign the form before students return it to their English teacher in the fall.
The following list has titles that students and faculty have recommended; students and parents should review the selections together to evaluate age appropriateness, subject matter and readability.
To reinforce the active reading skills that students practice during the school year, and to build a community of readers within each grade level, we are asking students to read one common text with their classmates. Each grade also has guiding questions to answer. When the students return to English class in the fall, they will discuss the book and complete assignments based on their reading.
Rising 6th graders: Journey to Jo'burg by Beverley Naidoo
Masterpiece by Elise Broach
Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as a birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house. The two new friends work together to help recover a Durer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg
After being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt is haunted by a secret he left behind. Now in an adoptive home in the US, a series of events forces him to confront his past.
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
Thirteen-year-old Sophie and her cousin Cody record their transatlantic crossing aboard the Wanderer, a forty-five foot sailboat.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul
Curtis Kenny and his hilarious family, “The Weird Watsons” take a memorable road trip to Birmingham, Alabama in their “Brown Bomber”, just as events take a tragic and historic turn. (Newbery and Coretta Scott King award winner.)
Inkheart (trilogy) by Cornelia Funke
Meggie learns that her father can "read" fictional characters to life when an evil ruler named Capricorn, freed from the novel "Inkheart" years earlier, tries to force Mo to release an immortal monster from the story.
Hoot by Carl Hiassen
Roy becomes involved in another boy's wild pranks as he attempts to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.
Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs
Victor is unable to decide if he should look for work or try to feed his family with the pitiful annual corn harvest. He makes his painful decision to leave his mother and younger siblings and attempts the dangerous border crossing, jumping trains, fleeing thieves and border officials, and suffering from thirst and hunger.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
In Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from six of her brothers, and studies the world with her grandfather, which leads to an important discovery.
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers and Yoko Tanaka
Eleven-year-old Theodosia can detect black magic and ancient curses that are attached to objects in the Museum of Legends and Antiquities. After discovering that a new artifact from Egypt is cursed, she must return it to the tomb it was excavated from before it destroys the British Empire.
The Mystery of the Martello Tower by Jennifer Lanthier
Hazel and Ned try to solve the mystery of their art-dealer father’s strange disappearance and get caught up in a tangle of family secrets. Sinister thugs and high intrigue help bring this story to a head in an old Canadian military tower.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Meg and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government. Three extra-terrestrial beings take Meg and her friends to strange other worlds.
Heat by Mike Lupica
Pitcher Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.
The Man-Eating Tigers of Sundarbans by Sy Montgomery
The author raises the mystery of the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve in the Bay of Bengal. Why are these the only healthy tigers on Earth that routinely hunt humans?
Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
During a student exchange program, Ivy June and Catherine share their lives, homes, and communities, and find that although their lifestyles are totally different, they have a lot in common.
Word Nerd by Susan Nielsen
With a love of Scrabble, nerdy, home-schooled Ambrose, much to his over-protective mother’s objections, starts a new friendship and adventure that takes him away from home and into a wider world of lowlifes, scary confrontations and romance.
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
Afraid that her guardian plans to abandon her to return to France, ten-year-old aspiring scientist Lucky Trimble decides to run away while continuing to seek the Higher Power that will bring stability to her life.
Crooked River by Shelly Pearsall
Rebecca Carter's father brings a Native American accused of murder into their 1812 Ohio settlement town. Rebecca, witnessing the town's reaction to the Indian, struggles with the idea that an innocent man may be convicted and sentenced to death.
Crash by Jerry Spinelli
Middle school jock Crash Coogan is a bully who slowly learns a different approach to life when confronted with the illness of his beloved grandfather and with the likes of Penn Ward, a dweeby neighbor who isn’t afraid to be himself.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
When her mother prepares to be a contestant on a game show, a New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Journey with Bilbo Baggins as he leaves his safe home in the Shire for a world of adventures with the dwarves.