6th Grade Reading List

Reading Suggestions for 6th Graders from the Weber County Library

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Africa Is My Home
Artist/Author/Cast:
Edinger, Monica; Byrd, Robert (Illustrator)
Call Number:
J973.7114092 E2363a 2013
Description:
Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fern, Tracey E.; Kulikov, Boris (Illustrator)
Call Number:
J560.92 F3628b 2012
Description:

Documents the work of an early twentieth-century paleontologist, named after the famous circus icon by his ambitious parents, who grew up to work for the American Museum of Natural History and discovered the first documented skeletons of the Tyrannosaurus Rex and other noteworthy species.

A Black Hole Is NOT a Hole
Artist/Author/Cast:
DeCristofano, Carolyn Cinami; Carroll, Michael (Illustrator)
Call Number:
J523.8875 D2983b 2012
Description:

Introduces black holes, describing their physical features, how they were discovered, what causes them, and where they exist in space.

Breaking Stalin's Nose
Artist/Author/Cast:
Yelchin, Eugene (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Yelchin
Description:

In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.

Bridge to Terabithia
Artist/Author/Cast:
Paterson, Katherine; Diamond, Donna (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Paterson
Description:

In this classic novel, the friendship between young Jess and Leslie grows as they meet in Terabithia, their secret hiding place.

Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team
Artist/Author/Cast:
Vernick, Audrey; Salerno, Steven (Illustrator)
Call Number:
J796.357 V5363b 2012
Description:

Documents the story of the Baseball Hall of Fame honorees, tracing how the Acerra family of New Jersey formed their own semi-pro baseball team in the 1930s and became the longest-running all-brother team in history.

Built to Last: Building America's Amazing Bridges, Dams, Tunnels, and Skyscrapers
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sullivan, George
Call Number:
J624 S9495b 2005
Description:

Built to last profiles 17 architectural and engineering marvels, from the Erie Canal to Boston's Big Dig.

Cages
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kehret, Peg
Call Number:
JF Kehret
Description:

After losing an acting role and fighting with her alcoholic stepfather, Kit is arrested for shoplifting and ordered to work, as part of her sentence, at an animal shelter.

Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hughes, Susan
Call Number:
J902 H8946c 2010
Description:

Examines how developments in modern science, such as DNA analysis and spectroscopy, have helped to reopen archaeological mysteries.

The Dark is Rising
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cooper, Susan; Cober, Alan (Illustrator); Cooper, Susan
Call Number:
JF/YP F Cooper
Description:

On his eleventh birthday, Will discovers he is the last of the Old Ones, dedicated to fighting the Dark.

Dead End in Norvelt
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gantos, Jack
Call Number:
JF Gantos
Description:

Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is "grounded for life" by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets.

Double Fudge
Artist/Author/Cast:
Blume, Judy
Call Number:
JF Blume
Description:
Elijah of Buxton
Artist/Author/Cast:
Curtis, Christopher Paul
Call Number:
JF Curtis
Description:

Eleven-year-old Elijah, born free, feels as if he's in over his head when he sets out to recover stolen money.

Emily's Runaway Imagination
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cleary, Beverly; Krush, Joe (Illustrator); Krush, Beth (Illustrator); Dockray, Tracy (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Cleary
Description:

Emily's little Oregon town needs a library, and Emily decides to help create one.

Escape: The Story of the Great Houdini
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fleischman, Sid
Call Number:
J92 Houdini 2006
Description:

A biography of the magician, ghost chaser, aviator, and king of escape artists whose amazing feats are remembered long after his death in 1926.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kelly, Jacqueline
Call Number:
JF Kelly
Description:

In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.

Explore!: The Most Dangerous Journeys of All Time
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kespert, Deborah
Call Number:
J910.922 K4223e 2013
Description:
The Fairy Ring: Or, Elsie and Frances Fool the World
Artist/Author/Cast:
Losure, Mary
Call Number:
J398.45 L8816f 2012
Description:

Relates the story of two early-twentieth-century cousins who believed they saw real fairies, created photographs using paper cutouts when they were teased by adult family members, and inadvertently drew the attention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a fellow believer.

Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie o'Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (And Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U. S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius
Artist/Author/Cast:
Angleberger, Tom
Call Number:
JF Angleberger
Description:

Lenny Flem Jr. is the only one standing between his evil-genius best friend, Casper, and world domination as Casper uses a spectacularly convincing fake mustache and the ability to hypnotize to rob banks, amass a vast fortune, and run for president.

Fearless
Artist/Author/Cast:
Woodruff, Elvira
Call Number:
JF Woodruff
Description:

Digory, forced to leave his hometown after his father is lost at sea, becomes an apprentice to the architect Henry Winstanley, who built a lighthouse on the treacherous Eddystone Reef.

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