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Episcopal School of Dallas
A Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Ages 3 Through Grade 12

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 GoodreadsIt’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 GoodreadsAnikwa 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!

ENRICHMENT READING LIST FOR SIXTH GRADE

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 

Historical Fiction:

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

Realistic Fiction:

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

Fantasy:

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

Historical Fiction/Animals:

Cracker: the Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Mystery:

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead 

Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs

Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes

Humorous/Competition:

Ungifted by Gordon Korman

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Football Genius by Tim Green

Adventure:

The Wanderer by Sharon Creech

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

 

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