Gr. 6 Lit. Survey

READING LIST FOR SIXTH GRADE STUDENTS:
a one-year survey of 52 novels for sixth-grade students
who are competent readers

Once you are a competent reader, you should no longer focus on improving your skill level. Instead, you should focus on expanding your knowledge and appreciation of literature while still maintaining your skill level. One way to do this is to use a reading list that will expose you to many different genres, to many different authors and to some of the classics. If you read one novel per week, you will have read all these books by the end of a year.

Canadian Authorshttp://images.btol.com/ContentCafe/Jacket.aspx?UserID=ebsfraser&Password=fraser&Return=1&Type=L&Value=0888994168
These novels will introduce you to a few great Canadian writers.
Ellis, Deborah. The Breadwinner. (AR 4.5)
Korman, Gordon. Schooled. (AR 4.9)
Little, Jean. Mama’s Going to Buy You a Mockingbird. (AR 4.5)
Montgomery, L.M. Anne of Green Gables. (AR 7.3)
Mowat, Farley. The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be. (AR 7.9)
Pearson, Kit. The Sky is Falling. (AR 5.2)
Wilson, Eric. Murder on the Canadian. (AR 4.9)

International Authors
These novels will give you an overview of some great writers from other countries.
Burnford, Sheila. The Incredible Journey. (British; AR 7.6)
Carroll, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland. (British; AR 7.8)
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Colfer, Eoin. Half-moon Investigations. (Irish; AR 4.2)
Cooper, Susan. Over Sea, Under Stone. (British; AR 5.4)
Corder, Zizou. Lionboy. (British; AR 5.7)
Creech, Sharon. Ruby Holler. (American; AR 4.3)
Dahl, Roald. James and the Giant Peach. (British; AR 4.8)
Funke, Cornelia. Inkheart. (German; AR 5.4)
Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows. (British; AR 8.2)
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Among the Hidden. (American; AR 4.8)
Ibbotson, Eva. Journey to the River Sea. (British; AR 5.6)
Kehret, Peg. Escaping the Giant Wave. (American; AR 4.7)
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Kjlelgaard, Jim. Big Red. (American; AR 5.6)
Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. (British; AR 5.7)
MacLachlan, Patricia. The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt. (American; AR 5.7)
McCloskey, Robert. Homer Price. (American; AR 6.6)
McDonald, George. The Princess and Curdie. (British; AR 8.2)
Mikaelsen, Ben. Touching Spirit Bear. (American; AR 5.3)
Nesbit, Elizabeth. The Phoenix and the Carpet. (British; AR 6.0)
Paterson, Katherine. The Day of the Pelican. (American; AR 5.2)
Rawls, Wilson. Where the Red Fern Grows. (American; AR 4.9)
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. (British; AR 6.0)
Smucker, Barbara. Underground to Canada. (American; AR 5.2)
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. (American; AR 8.1)
Whelan, Gloria. Chu Ju’s House. (American; AR 5.2)
Wyss, Johann D. The Swiss Family Robinson. (Swiss; AR 9.2)

Newbery Winners
The Newbery Award was named after a British bookseller who lived in the 1700s: John Newbery. Every year, the American Library Association recognizes one author for making the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Note that this is an American award and so many outstanding books from other countries are not eligible. Therefore, it is important to also read great literature from other countries. Keeping that in mind, here are some Newbery novels especially suitable for sixth grade students.http://images.btol.com/ContentCafe/Jacket.aspx?UserID=ebsfraser&Password=fraser&Return=1&Type=L&Value=0375821813
Armstrong, Alan. Whittington. (2006 Honor Book; AR 4.9)
Choldenko, Gennifer. Al Capone Does My Shirts. (2005 Honor Book; AR 3.5)
Curtis, Christopher Paul. Elijah of Buxton. (2008 Honor Book; AR 5.4)
DiCamillo, Kate. The Tale of Despereaux. (2004 Medal Winner; AR 4.7)
Estes, Eleanor. Ginger Pye. (1952 Medal Winner; AR 6.0)
George, Jean Craighead. My Side of the Mountain. (1960 Honor Book; AR 5.2)
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Pictures of Hollis Woods. (2003 Honor Book; AR 4.4)
Hiassen, Carl. Hoot. (2003 Honor Book; AR 5.2)
Horvath. Polly. Everything on a Waffle. (2002 Honor Book; AR 5.8)
Kongisburg, E.L. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil. E. Frankweiler. (1968 Medal Winner; AR 4.7)
Levine, Gail. Ella Enchanted. (1998 Honor Book; AR 4.6)http://images.btol.com/ContentCafe/Jacket.aspx?UserID=ebsfraser&Password=fraser&Return=1&Type=L&Value=0064402010
Lord, Cynthia. Rules. (2007 Honor Book; AR 3.9)
Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars. (1990 Medal Winner; AR 4.5)
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Shiloh. (1992 Medal Winner; AR 4.4)
Park, Linda Sue. A Single Shard. (2002 Medal Winner; AR 6.6)
Paterson, Katherine. The Great Gilly Hopkins. (1979 Honor Book; AR 4.6)
Patron, Susan. The Higher Power of Lucky. (2007 Medal Winner; AR 5.9)
Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet. (1988 Honor Book; AR 5.7)
Woodson, Jacqueline. Feathers. (2008 Honor Book; AR 4.4)

[This page may be copied for use with students if the following credit is provided: ©2010 Sophie Rosen.]

 

More Recommendations!

Pearson, Kit. The Whole Truth. Toronto : HarperCollins, 2011.
Nine-year-old Polly and her older sister Maud travel from Winnipeg to a small island off the coast of British Columbia to live with their grandmother. Their mother has died, but will they ever see their father again? Set in 1932, this story will be enjoyed by girls nine to thirteen years old.  (Historical fiction; Moving, Household; Sisters; Boarding schools; Grandmothers; Secrets; Poverty; Family life; Islands; Mystery and detective stories)

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The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (Atheneum, 2006) is about a young girl, Lucky, who is adventurous and loves to explore. She especially loves examining the insects around her trailer which is set in a circle of trailers in a small town with a tiny museum. Lucky is very caring and very sociable. It is easy for her to make friends, which is fortunate because Lucky’s mother tragically died two years before the story starts and her father has disappeared. Now she’s living with her father’s former girlfriend who comes from France and had only planned to take care of Lucky until she could find her a wonderful foster family. But Bridget is finding that Lucky is growing on her.
What happens? Well, you now have to read this amazing novel and go on your own adventure, like I did. The Higher Power of Lucky is extremely powerful in its depiction of life’s challanges. If Ms. Rosen hadn’t recommended it, I probably wouldn’t have checked this book out and discovered what you can find behind a book cover. I loved the experience. Now it’s your turn. (grade 7)

The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (Atheneum, 2006) is about a young girl, Lucky, who is adventurous and loves to explore. She especially loves examining the insects around her trailer which is set in a circle of trailers in a small town with a tiny museum. Lucky is very caring and very sociable. It is easy for her to make friends, which is fortunate because Lucky’s mother tragically died two years before the story starts and her father has disappeared. Now she’s living with her father’s former girlfriend who comes from France and had only planned to take care of Lucky until she could find her a wonderful foster family. But Bridget is finding that Lucky is growing on her.
What happens? Well, you now have to read this amazing novel and go on your own adventure, like I did. The Higher Power of Lucky is extremely powerful in its depiction of life’s challanges. If Ms. Rosen hadn’t recommended it, I probably wouldn’t have checked this book out and discovered what you can find behind a book cover. I loved the experience. Now it’s your turn. (Londyn in grade 7)

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