SIXTH GRADE SUMMER READING 2018
The Middle School summer reading program has two parts.
PART 1: REQUIRED READINGS
These readings serve as touchstones for the discussion of other works of literature. These requirements are listed below.
Expectations: You will be assessed in various ways on your summer reading books, so it is a good idea to underline and annotate notes in the margins as you read. Take special note of characters, important plot points, setting, and theme. Do not use library books or books previously owned and annotated; instead, you will need to purchase new books for the summer reading!
REQUIRED READING (BOOK ONE) FOR ENGLISH (Choose ONE):
Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose
According to Goodreads: It’s 1587 and twelve-year-old Alis has made the long journey with her parents from England to help settle the New World, the land christened Virginia in honor of the Queen. And Alis couldn’t be happier. While the streets of London were crowded and dirty, this new land, with its trees and birds and sky, calls to Alis. Here she feels free. But the land, the island Roanoke, is also inhabited by the Roanoke tribe and tensions between them and the English are running high, soon turning deadly….A beautiful, tender story of friendship and the meaning of family, Caroline Starr Rose delivers another historical gem. -OR-
SALT by Helen Frost
According to Goodreads: Anikwa and James, twelve years old in 1812, spend their days fishing, trapping, and exploring together in the forests of the Indiana Territory. To Anikwa and his family, members of the Miami tribe, this land has been home for centuries. As traders, James's family has ties to the Miami community as well as to the American soldiers in the fort. Now tensions are rising—the British and American armies prepare to meet at Fort Wayne for a crucial battle, and Native Americans from surrounding tribes gather in Kekionga to protect their homeland... Can their families—and their friendship—survive?
REQUIRED READING FOR HISTORY: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes – Historical Fiction
According to Goodreads:Johnny Tremain, a young apprentice silversmith, is caught up in the danger and excitement of 1775 Boston, just before the Revolutionary War. But even more gripping than living through the drama of Revolutionary Boston is the important discovery Johnny makes in his own life.
PART 2: ENRICHMENT READING
All students are required to read at least ONE work from the drop down list below for enrichment.
If you have read any of these books before, you cannot choose to read those books for this requirement. Select books that you have not read before. Of course, feel free to read more than your required books!
Yellow highlight = Book available in ESD's Digital Library
Please read all of the descriptions about the books before making your choice. Of course, feel free to read more than your required books!
If you read any of these books before, you cannot choose to read those books to read again for this requirement. Select books that you have not read before.
CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS
The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood
Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Ben and Me by Robert Lawson
Witness by Karen Hesse
Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
Shades of Grey by Carolyn Reeder
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
All of the Above by Shelley Pearsall
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
The Vengekeep Prophecies by Brian Farrey
Cracker: the Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs
Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Football Genius by Tim Green
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George