GREAT BOOKS FOR STUDENTS IN GRADE SIX
Try these authors if you want to relax:
Esme Raji Codell
Dahl, Roald (British)
Hahn, Mary Downing
Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Horvath, Polly (Canadian)
Korman, Gordon (Canadian)
Little, Jean (Canadian)
MacGregor, Roy (Canadian)
Oppel, Kenneth (Canadian)
Rowling, J.K. (British)
Stilton, Geronimo (Italian)
Wilder, Laura Ingalls
Wilson, Eric (Canadian)
Wynne-Jones, Tim (Canadian)
Try these authors to give your thinking a bit of a challenge:
Cooper, Susan (British)
Ellis, Deborah (Canadian)
Ellis, Sarah (Canadian)
Jones, Diana Wynne (British)
Naylor, Patricia Reynolds
Nimmo Jenny (British)
Pearson, Kit (Canadian)
Try some of these classics:
Baum, Frank. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden.
Carroll, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland.
Carroll, Lewis. Through the Looking Glass.
Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.
Ibbotson, Eva. Journey to the River Sea.
Kipling, Rudyard. The Jungle Book.
Kjelgaard, Jim. Big Red.
Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Lofting, Hugh. The Story of Dr. Dolittle.
MacDonald, George. The Princess and Curdie.
McCloskey, Robert. Homer Price and Centerburg Tales.
Milne, A.A. Winnie-the-Pooh.
Montgomery, L.M. Anne of Green Gables.
Nesbit, Edith. Five Children and It.
Nesbit, Edith. The Railway Children.
Pyle, Howard. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood.
Spyri, Johanna. Heidi.
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island.
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Kidnapped.
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Wyss, Johann D. The Swiss Family Robinson.
Read some of these books:
Birdsall, Jeanne. The Penderwicks; A Summer Tale. . .
Curtis, Christopher Paul. Elijah of Buxton and The Baptism.
Corder, Zizou. The Lionboy series.
Cresswell, Helen. Ordinary Jack.
Enright, Elizabeth. Gone-away Lake and Return to Gone-Away.
Fletcher, Susan. Walk Across the Sea.
Horvath, Polly. My One Hundred Adventures.
Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid and others in the series.
Magorian, Michelle. Goodnight Mister Tom.
Mah, Adeline Yen. Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society.
Paterson, Katherine. Lyddie and The Flip-Flop Girl.
Patron, Susan. The Higher Power of Lucky.
Peck, Robert Newton. On the Wings of Heroes and the Soup series.
Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief and others in the Percy Jackson series.
Smucker, Barbara. Underground to Canada.
Wilson, Eric. Murder on the Canadian.
Request these books from your school library or you may go online and request them from the Fraser Valley Public Library at http://www.fvrl.bc.ca.
Dowell, Frances O’Roark. Falling In. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2010.
Isabelle Bean enters a new world when she looks into a closet in her middle school. She embarks on an adventure, rescuing a woman accused of being a witch, freeing frightened children and learning more about herself. This wonderfully written novel combines the magic of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the humourous style of The Higher Power of Lucky, and the thoughtfulness of The Witch of Blackbird Pond. (Ms. Rosen)
Do you like books about how people lived years ago? Want to read a classic? Then I recommend The Middle Moffat by Eleanor Eastes (Harcourtbooks, 1942), a novel about Jane, a ten year old girl who has just moved to Cranbury. While sitting under an elm tree in her front yard, Jane thinks quietly to herself: I’m just Jane, everyone is something, the eldest, the baby of the family. Jane is just Jane. Even Catherine the cat isn’t called Catherine; she is called Catherine the cat. As Jane ponders what to call herself, it instantly pops into her head: Jane, the Middle Moffat, not the eldest and not the youngest! In between rescuing stray dogs and finding and losing best friends, Jane leads the girls’ basketball team to victory, stands up to the scary mechanical wizard, Wallie Bangs and secretly looks after the oldest inhabitant. Jane is so busy, in fact, that she discovers she hasn’t had time to be just plain old Jane! (Jezerah in grade 7)
Do you want a book that is both relaxing and hilarious? Dear Dumb Diary: Never Do Anything, Ever by Jim Benton (Scholastic, 2005) is the book for you. Jamie Kelly has a very important task. She is asked to support a fundraiser along with a mean girl, Angeline. But then she gets embarrassed by a news reporter who takes pictures which get into the school newspaper. Hudson, the boy who Jamie likes, see them, embarrassing her even more! Later in PE, Jamie and several other students have to work together to get a baby doll across the gym using a rubber snake, a pair of high heels and various other items. Everyone has to pretend that the gym floor is a swamp with crocodiles and the only person allowed on that crocodile swamp is the gym teacher. Angeline and Hudson are on the same team and Jamie is absolutely sure they cheated! How did they do it? Read the book to find out. This book is easy to read and it is hilarious. If you are in grade six, have had a rough day and need a good laugh, then read this exciting novel! (Brittany in grade 7)
What to read?…. What to read?…. how about Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (Chicken House, 2005)? Join Meggie as she enters the Inkworld, a book written by an old author, Fenoglio. When Meggie and her friends and family are read into Inkheart everything changes: they have to fight against the evil Adderhead and his forces. Now Mo, Meggie’s father, has been captured and ordered to bind a book for the Adderhead. And Meggie and Farid have to read themselves into the book so he can warn Dustfinger of Basta. And Meggie’s mother, Resa, is finally back and Meggie coudn’t be happier, but something has happened to her: she has lost her voice, her beautiful voice. Will Mo escape? Will Farid warn Dustfinger in time? And will the evil Adderhead’s forces finally be defeated? You’ll have to read to find out. (Jezerah)
My favourite book so far this year is called No Talking by Andrew Clements. It’s a hilarious story about a class of fifth graders that are possibly the loudest class in history! When Dave Packer (the main character) challenges a girl in his class (named Lynsey Burgess) to a boys v. girls 2-day “no talking” contest, it’s really a challenge for both sides to communicate with each other. When their creative teacher, Mrs.Hiatt, sees the kids’ experiment, she uses it as an interesting opportunity to study language and communication in a whole new way. It’s a really funny book that I would recommend to anyone. The author of this book has also written the bestseller Frindle.
Thanks. (Matthew in gr. 6)
I read a great sentence in Molly Moon Stops the World: “Inside, she ordered the house specialty. It was called the Mondae-Tuesdae-Wednesdae-Thursdae-Fridae-Saturdae Sundae.” (p. 3). (Brianna in gr. 6)