Monday, May 13, 2013

ATTACK OF THE SUMMER READING LIST: Sixth Grade Summer Reading Titles

This summer, APS suggests that middle school students read at least one book from their fantastic, updated summer reading lists. They are full of some excellent titles and to help you pick which book you'd like to read, we've got three MEGA POSTS, with book descriptions, covers and videos about the books. Take a look!


The Big Field  by Mike Lupica


When fourteen-year-old baseball player Hutch feels threatened by the arrival of a new teammate named Darryl, he tries to work through his insecurities about both Darryl and his remote and silent father, who was once a great ballplayer too.
Available: book, cd, ebook

A Black Hole is Not a Hole by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano

 Non-Fiction, Science

Aspiring astronomers can learn what black holes are, what causes them, how scientists first discovered them and more, in an informative science book that includes space paintings, real telescopic images, funny doodles and speech bubbles.

Available: book

Shannon Hale

Fairy Tale Adaptation

Fifteen-year-old Dashti, sworn to obey her sixteen-year-old mistress, the Lady Saren, shares Saren's years of punishment locked in a tower, then brings her safely to the lands of her true love, where both must hide who they are as they work as kitchen maids.
Available: book, eaudio, ebook

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Fantasy, Horror

Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

Available: book, cd, eaudio, ebook

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Historical Fiction

In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom.
Available: book, cd, eaudio

Guys Read (series)
Edited by: Jon Scieszka

Short stories aimed at guys. Each collection focuses on a different genre: funny stories, sports ones and thrillers. 

 Available: book (Funny Business, The Sports Pages, Thriller), eaudio (Thriller, The Sports Pages), ebook (Funny Business, The Sports Pages, Thriller)

Hereville (series)

Graphic Novel, Fantasy

 Barry Deutsch

 Eleven-year-old Mirka Herschberg dreams of fighting dragons and spends her days honing her skills, even though there are no dragons in her Orthodox Jewish community, but when she accepts a challenge from a mysterious witch, Mirka just might win her dragon-fighting sword after all.
Available: book (How Mirka Got Her Sword, How Mirka Met a Meteorite)

Liesl &Po by Lauren Oliver


A mix-up involving the greatest magic in the world has tremendous consequences for Liesl, an orphan who has been locked in an attic, Will, an alchemist's runaway apprentice, and Po, a ghost, as they are pursued by friend and foe while making an important journey.

Read our review:

Available: book, cd, eaudio, ebook

Lincoln’s Last Days by Bill O’Reilly

Non-Fiction, History

 Adaptation of Killing Lincoln for a younger audience.  (book talk, cover image only)

Available: book, cd, eaudio

London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd


When Ted and Kat's cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye ferris wheel, the two siblings must work together--Ted with his brain that is "wired differently" and impatient Kat--to try to solve the mystery of what happened to Salim.
Available: book, cd, playaway, eaudio, ebook

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Realistic Fiction

Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.
Available: book, cd, ebook

One Crazy Summer (series) by Rita Williams-Garcia

Historical Fiction

In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.
Available: One Crazy Summer: book, cd, ebook; P.S. Be Eleven: book

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

Historical Fiction

In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.

Ruby Redfort (series) by Lauren Child


Thirteen-year-old Ruby, a genius code-cracker and daring detective, gets an anonymous call setting a challenge that leads her to the headquarters of Spectrum, a highly secret anti-crime agency that needs her help to crack a code, but soon Ruby uncovers dastardly plans of the Fool's Gold Gang.
Available: Look Into My Eyes: book, cd, ebook; Take Your Last Breath: book, ebook

Origami Yoda (series) by Tom Angleberger

Realistic Fiction

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future.

See our book talk:

Available: book, cd (all three titles)

Trash by Andy Mulligan


Fourteen-year-olds Raphael and Gardo team up with a younger boy, Rat, to figure out the mysteries surrounding a bag Raphael finds during their daily life of sorting through trash in a third-world country's dump.
Available: book, eaudio, ebook

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

Animal Adventure

An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner's run-down shack, and two kittens born underneath the house, endure separation, danger, and many other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free.
Available: book, eaudio

Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani

Realistic Fiction

When Sonia's father loses his job and she must move from her small, supportive private school to a public middle school, the half-Jewish half-Indian sixth-grader experiences culture shock as she tries to navigate the school's unfamiliar social scene, and after her father is diagnosed with clinical depression, she finds herself becoming even more confused about herself and her family.
Available: book, ebook

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