Summer Reading

Below, please find the summer reading list for the incoming 2019-2020 6th grade students.

Grade Six Summer Reading List

Fiction (choose at least one)
Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Petey by Ben Mikaelsen
City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau
Murder at Midnight by Avi
Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Holes by Louis Sachar
The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Track Series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, Lu) by Jason Reynolds

Nonfiction (choose at least one)
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong
Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Powerful Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Heroes of the Environment by Harriet Rohmer
Ancient Inca by Michael Burgan
No Summit Out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits by Jordan Romero
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (Young Reader’s Edition) by Malala Yousafzai/Christine Lamb
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka, Martin Ganda, and Liz Welch


6th Grade Common Core Literature Standards

Class Novels
This year we’ll be reading four novels together as a class.  We’ll engage in class discussions, make creative projects, and find great connections between the novels and our lives today.
Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Book Talks
Book talks are a way for students to choose a book within a genre and share it with the class.  Students will prepare a 2-4 minute oral presentation on the book, including a short plot summary, character explanation, and recommendation, with evidence from the book!  In addition, 6th graders will create a visual presentation from one of the many book talk menu choices.  This is an opportunity for students to show great effort and creativity, and to practice speaking in front of a group!

Trimester 1:  Mystery
Trimester 2:  Non-fiction
Trimester 3:  Classic

Other Reading Opportunities
Here are a few good sites for finding a book that matches your interests.