Suggested Summer Reading List
Student Entering Grade Six
Suggested Choice Books
When You Reach me by Rebecca Stead
In addition to twelve year old Miranda's worries about her best friend, a boy she might kind of like; the homeless guy o the corner near her New York City apartment; and her single mom, she now gets creepy hidden notes that tell her to write down the story of wheat happens to her--but to not inform anyone; however, neither the notes nor her friendships are quite what she imagined.
SLOB by Ellen Potter
Twelve-year old Owen Bimbaum is the fattest kid in school. But he's also a genius who invents cool contraptions-like a TV that shows the past. Something happened two years ago that he needs to see. But genius or not, there is much Owen can't out think. Like his gym coach, who's on a mission to humiliate him. Or the way his Oreos keep disappearing from his lunch. He's sure that if he can only get his invention to work, things will start to make sense. But it will take a revelation for Owen to see the answer is not in the past, but the present.
Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord
Tess Brooks; 11, believes in luck, wishes, and superstitions. When the state of Maine threatens to close her Bethsalda Island school because there aren't enough students, she and her family will be forced to move to the mainland, and Tess loves her island life. Tess learns that everything happens for a reason, and that sometimes all you need to do is believe.
Call it Courage by Armstrong Perry
Related how Mafatu, a young Polynesian boy whose name means Stout Heart, overcomes his terrible fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his people.
Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder
At the end of the Civil War, twelve year old Will, having lost all his immediate family, reluctantly leaves his city home to live in the Virginia countryside with his aunt and uncle he considers a "traitor" because he refused to take part in the war.
Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel places her in the middle of a small Jewish village in Nazi occupied Poland.
The Wish List by Eoin Colfer
Irreverent, hilarious, and touchingly hopeful, The Wish List takes readers on a journey of second chances, where joy is found in the most unexpected places.
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choidenko
A twelve year old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with a autistic sister.
The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John
After moving to a wildlife game preserve in South Africa, Martine begins to hear rumors from the locals about a white giraffe that roams the land, but when her grandmother and others tell her that the animal does not exist, Martine has to wonder why they are coming up the truth after seeing it with her own eyes.
Dolphin Song by Lauren St. John
A gripping tale of courage, friendship, and survival, Martine and five of her classmates are thrown overboard into shark infested waters. They are saved by a pod of dolphins only to end up marooned on a deserted island.
The Last Leopard by Lauren St. John
This heart pounding companion to the The White Giraffe and Dolphin Song brings Martine even closer to her own destiny as the child who has power over all the animals.
The Hero's Trail by T.A. Barron
What is a hero? Using the metaphor of a hiking trail, bestselling author T.A. Barron discusses the great variety of heroes and brings them to life through their own stories: Some are well known, like Wilma Rudolph, Anne Frank, and Stephen hawking. Yet most are "ordinary kids" who have made amazing choices: saved their sibling from a fire, struggled to stop prejudice at their school, helped raise money to build a well in an African village.
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen year old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.
Countdown by Deborah Wiles
As eleven year old Franny Chapman deals with drama at home and with her best friend in 1962, she tries to underhand the larger problems in the world after President Kennedy announces that Russia is sending nuclear mussels to Cuba.
Firegirl by Tony Abbot
"...there is..." Mrs. Tracy was saying quietly, "there is something we need to know about Jessica..." From this moment on, life is never quite the same for Tom and his seventh grade classmates. They learn that Jessica has been in a fire and was badly burned, and will be attending St. Catherine's while getting medical treatments. Despite her horrifying appearance and the fear she evokes in him and most of the class, Tom slowly develops a tentative friendship with Jessica that changes his life.
EGGS by Jerry Spinell
David is nine year old boys who lost his mother a year ago. Since then, his father works tirelessly while his grandmother becomes his caretaker. David meets primrose, a 13 year old girl who also struggles with the absence of her father and a mother who is distant. Although they are different, they help each other heal from their anger and pain.
Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler
When her mother moves from the city to a small town to open up a cupcake bakery, Penny's life isn't what she expected. Her father has stayed behind, and Mom isn't talking about what the future holds for their family. And then there's Charity, the girl who plays means pranks almost daily. Just when it looks as though Penny is settling in, her parents ask her to make a choice that will turn everything upside down again.
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
Four gifted twelve year olds, including Logan, the candymaker's son are set to be contestants in the Confectionery Association's national competition to determine the nations tastiest sweet, but nobody anticipates that a friendship will from between the children.
Additional Suggested Authors
Margaret Peterson Haddix