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The following books are recommended for 6th-grade students.  

   

 

Sixth-grade students may also choose from the 7th grade book list.  

Sixth-grade students may choose a 5th-grade book  and receive 90% of the grade.  

Seventh-grade students may choose a 4th-grade book and receive 80% of the grade.

Seventh-grade students may not choose a 3rd-grade without a specific IEP. 

  

 
  Avi.

Iron Thunder: 

The Battle Between the Monitor and the Merrimac

620L 224 pages

 
  Avi

True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

 AR: 5.3    Lex: 7.4

 
 

Berg, Elizabeth.  

Joy School. 

660L

 
   

Bishop, Claire. 

Twenty and Ten.  

630L

Thomas R 

This book is alright, at the beginning it is really confusing but towards the end it is alright.   This book is good for younger people because its really easy and short. It is about a school in France during the holocaust who takes in twenty little Jewish kids who are being tracked by Germans. One day while the only adult is gone Germans come to the school looking for the Jewish kids who are in hiding. The Germans interrogate the French kids for info but none of them were willing to tell. I will leave you there because I dont want to ruin it for the reader. 

Darcy, tenth grade  

Twenty and Ten is a story about a group of twenty school children during WWII. One day they are given the job of hiding ten Jewish children among them. Hardly understanding the risk involved, the kids continue living everyday life with their new Jewish friends. I give this book three stars because I think the characters arent believable. The author makes these fifth graders have grammar as a good as an English teacher. The plot of the story never takes any turns. When it comes time for the kids to hide from the Nazis, they handle the situation flawlessly and nothing goes wrong. I would recommend this book for someone who needs a quick book to read after a long one.  

Michael, ninth grade 

 Twenty and Ten was a great book with some good suspense and a little action. These Jewish kids come to a school and they live with the rest of the kids. The original kids have to share food and beds and toys and such. The Jews end up having to hide in a cave when two nazis come looking for them. They have to hide there for quite some time waiting. When sister Gabriel comes back they have hope but the nazis were still there. 

 

Blume, Judy.  

Tiger Eyes.  

650L

Shelbie M., eighth grade 

This is a great book. It is a story about a teenage girls family that owns a store underneath their house.  One night while her dad is working, a man comes in to rob their store, shooting and killing her dad.  The book shows what she, her younger brother and her mom deal with it and what it takes to get back on their feet after such a tragedy.  Will her mom end up selling the store and house she grew up in, because they cant stand to be in the store any more?  Will they ever end up as a functional family again?  Or will they always dwell on there dads death?  You will have to read the book so you can find out.  

 

Bonham, Frank.  

Durango Street. 

640L

 
  Bunting, Eve.  

Blackwater. 

510L

Cassie  

Anyone who likes action stories or a story about a boy who gets in a jam would definitely like this book.  The reader should be about 8 years or older depending on how they are matured and how much they like action books.  The book is written so you can see the view of life that a teenage boy Brodie gets through his rough time in life.  Right of the bat the book had a situation with Brodie's cousin.  After that it just kept getting juicier with lots of tragic, exciting, tense and scary emotions flying all haywire.  There are calm times that let you take a breath of reality before you jump in for more excitement which is really cool to feel the emotions change so drastically through out most of the book.  

    Bunting, Eve.  

Jumping the Nail. 

630L

Hailey A., 8th grade   

This book is one of my favorite books. It is thrilling, romantic, and you wont be able to put it down. This book is about a girl, Drew, who has to make some decisions and help out her friends through some very exhilarating choices.

 

Jessica, 8th Grade 

It is the choice of whether to believe or to forget.  Elisa and her boyfriend Scooter plan on jumping the nail to show there love for each other. The nail is a 90-foot cliff that leads into an unknown darkness. Some say that a little drown girl is still down there in her car, which she drove off the nail. Dru and her boyfriend Mike know that the jumping will not end until someone has died.  The main character Dru is stuck between to decisions, letting people jump the nail or telling an adult and tattle on everybody. When Scooter and Elisa jump will it be a miracle or a tragedy, and will it take a death to end the jumping craze the kids have?

Marie 

Dru just got out of school and is planning to have a great summer before she goes off to college.  Her best friend Elisa is planning to jump of the nail with her boyfriend Scooter. The nail is actually a tall cliff outside of their town. After the jump, Elisa is paranoid and thinks there are people down in the water calling for her. Dru tries to calm her down and get her away from Scooter, who wants her to jump again. All while this is happening, Dru is having problems with herself. She cant decide if she wants to go to college or stay with the love of her life.

Michael, 10th grade 

      Jumping The Nail was a great book for teenagers either boy or girl. It is about a spot where kids jump of a 90 foot cliff into the water. No one had done it since ten years ago when girl hit the rocks and got completely messed up. Dru is the main character and her and her boyfriend Mike are against it. When a crazy kid named Scooter starts the jumping back up everyone starts to do it. Dru knows the jumping wont stop until someone is hurt or killed but she dont know how to stop it before that. 

   

Carmen, Patrick. 

Floors.

Lex: 8.7

AR: 5.7

373 pgs 

 

Talon, 8th Grade 

     In the books Floors and 3 Below the insane characters and the wacky scenes are exciting. They always kept the story going. The books are about a kid that is friends with a crazy inventor who owns an wacky hotel that all the rich people in New York City want to own, and the clerk attempts to take over the hotel. The author of the books is Patrick Carman.

     The characters really animate the story. The main characters are Leo, Remi, and a little robot. Leo is the kid that is friends with Merganzer, who is the guy that owns the hotel and rarely shows himself, Remi is the doorman, and Blop is a little robot they got from an author that stays at the hotel. They go on adventures into all the rooms of the hotel, and some of them are pretty crazy.  But some of the characters are pretty crazy too. The little robot Blop knows pretty much everything, but nobody ever listens to him, because he talks too much so no one ever thinks what he has to say is important. Also there is Leo who is the main character, is really adventurous and can figure out how to work almost anything in the hotel. He is the son of the engineer that has to continuously fix things. Merganzer is a mainish character that gives Leo and Remi hints on how to solve the puzzles in some of the rooms because if they solve the puzzles then it does something that is usually in an entirely different area of the hotel.

     The rooms are very strange. There are puzzles in some of the rooms, but they are very difficult to find and most of the time Merganzer has to give Leo a note saying exactly which room to go into and what to do when they get there. And most of the time he doesnt even tell them directly what to do. He just hint at thing they night want to do that might do something else. And sometimes, he doesnt tell them at all what to do so Blop has to explain it.

  Carmen, Patrick. 

3 Below.

Lex: 7.7

AR: 5.1

373 pgs 

 

Talon, 8th Grade 

     The suspense is extremely intense. The cliffhanger at the end of the second book is horrible. It is just mind-crushingly devastating. The main characters are going to the place theyve heard about all through the books called the Field of Wacky Inventions and then the book ends. Right when they get to the part the reader has been waiting for the entire time theyve been reading. And all during the first book, the reader is intrigued at what is to happen next. Leo has to find a group of wooden colored boxes that each has something in them that helps Leo find the next box. And the last box has something important that might help Leo find Merganzer, who has mysteriously disappeared.

     The books Floors and 3 Below are very intriguing, suspenseful, and fun books to read.  The characters and plot keep the book going; the story never really stops because of the non-stop action. The crazy scenes add mystery and suspense to the story. The wacky things the characters have to do are both funny and unpredictable. there really is no good way to describe it. 

 

Collier & Collier.

The Bloody Country.

181 pgs,  780L

 

In English Room.

Tyler M., ninth grade

The Bloody Country was an excellent book. It is about the Bucks who have a slave thats Indian but claims he is black. The Bucks live in Pennsylvania and made a mill for their business. One day the government chops down the trees next to the bank and Ben the father tells them not to. Then the terrible flood happens and it wipes away the Bucks whole house and their mill. Then Joe Mountain the slave runs away and never comes back. Now everything is going wrong for them the government drove off their father into the woods and they have to make a decision to go back to their uncles or stay there and fight the government.

 

Collier & Collier.

My Brother Sam is Dead. 

Newberry Honor Book

211 pgs, 770L

 

In English Room.

Tyler, 10th grade

The Collier brothers have written some good books and My Brother Sam Is Dead is one of the good ones.  A boy named Sam ends up joining the war against the British.  His dad does not accept his will to fight so Sam runs off with his dads gun and joins the army.  Sam has been in the army for two years and has decided to come home because his general doesnt know that area well and since Sam lives there he goes and shows him around.  One day (when they are there) Sam goes to the tavern that his family owns and is there talking to his little brother, when they hear something.  So Sam runs outside to see that the cattle have been stolen, so Sam runs after them.  When his little brother gets to the road he sees that two other people have taken Sam hostage and are taking him in for a cattle thief.  Sam is innocent and his family tries to convince that to the general but does he listen or does Sam get the punishment for something he hasnt done?

Fuller, 10th grade

 This was one of the best books Ive read in a long time, the way this book was written it practically puts you in the action.  I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because this seemed almost like a chapter of a biography rather than just a story.  This is a story about a boy and how his brother goes and fights for freedom and then ends up being guilty for steeling cattle and then getting a death sentence.  However, he wasnt the one steeling the cattle, it was two other soldiers that stole them and then made a story, which made him, guilty.  This story was a very good read, there are several times in the book that you have to just keep on reading, and its almost impossible to put the book down.  I recommend this book to just about anybody who wants a good exciting read.

 Tyler, 10th grade

he Coiller brothers have written some good books and My Brother Sam Is Dead is one of the good ones.  A boy named Sam ends up joining the war against the British.  His dad does not accept his will to fight so Sam runs off with his dads gun and joins the army.  Sam has been in the army for two years and has decided to come home because his general doesnt know that area well and since Sam lives there he goes and shows him around.  One day (when they are there) Sam goes to the tavern that his family owns and is there talking to his little brother, when they hear something.  So Sam runs outside to see that the cattle have been stolen, so Sam runs after them.  When his little brother gets to the road he sees that two other people have taken Sam hostage and are taking him in for a cattle thief.  Sam is innocent and his family tries to convince that to the general but does he listen or does Sam get the punishment for something he hasnt done?

Darcy, ninth grade

Tim Meeker is a young boy working in his fathers tavern during the Revolutionary War. His brother Sam, while away at Yale, enlists in the rebel army and then returns home to steal his fathers gun. One problem: his father is a Loyalist to the King of England and lives in Redding, a well-known Tory town. This book goes on to tell the troubles the family goes through and the lives lost as a result of the war. It explains how Tim is troubled on what side is fighting for the right reasons. I would recommend this book to someone who likes war books or anything that deals with Americas history. 

Sam, junior 

This book is a great book.  It has to do with not only the revolutionary war, but family issues too.  The father in the book doesn't want his son, Sam, to join the army so they always fight about it.  Tim, the narrator and the second son to the father, is stuck in the middle and has to decide to agree with his father or his brother Sam.  If you like this book, Sam recommends the Fallen Angels.  This book would be good for 6th through 10th graders.

 

Collier & Collier.

The Winter Hero. 

152 pgs,  750L

 

In English Room.

 

Darcy, 10th grade

  Justin Conkey looks up to his older brother Peter. Hes a war hero, everyone respects him, and when he stands up for what is right, people listen. On the verge of Shays Rebellion, Justin is eager to be a hero. He wants to go fight the government troops with his brother. Once winter comes, he finds that being a hero and fighting government troops isnt all its hyped up to be. I gave this book four stars because it had plenty of action but also focused on the political side of the rebellion. I would recommend this to anyone who liked My Brother Sam Is Dead

Tyler M., ninth grade

This book was very good. It was about a kid named Justin who lives with his sister and her husband out in a farm. One day, the mayor of the town comes to their farm and takes the oxen away from them because they have not paid him back for supplies (it was in the starting of the book). Well they cant make the farm with out any oxen, so Justin has to work for him for 2 shillings a day, until they have paid him back. Since Justin and his uncle are on one side of the Army and the mayor is on the other, Justin snoops around in his cabinets to find evidence of the war and what is going on

  Collins, Suzanne. 

The Hunger Games.

Lex: 8.1     

AR: 5.3

373 pgs 

 

AL, 6th Grade 

The hunger games are good books and the best books I have read. The Hunger Games takes place in Panem. It is about 12 districts that each picks two people to fight to the death in an arena. Two teenagers (Peeta and Katiness) picked from district 12.  Katiness and Peeta both are good at their own things. Like Peeta is strong and can over a hundred pounds over his head. On the other hand, Katiness was grown up to hunt, so she is good with a bow. The two work together in the arena and come face to face with sharp throws and fast agility. These two become in love and tries to keep the other one alive, but run into a confident district 2 fighter could kill them or the Capital who made the arena could them with monsters they can create. But there can only be one winner, so the couple might be split up or not.       

  Cooney, Caroline B. 

The Girl Who Invented Romance.

Lex: 620   176 pgs 

Danielle, ninth grade

      Kelly Williams does the same as every other girl, she tries to put a little bit of romance in her life. 

     When Kelly gets the bright idea to invent a game of romance, she thinks that it is one of the greatest things. She ends up playing her own game, and throughout each time she plays, she redoes the whole game to make it so that everyone can play it. 

      Kelly and her friends use this game in their every-day lives to see how well it really works. Kelly starts to play the game with a boy named Will who is in her sociology class. When she does this, Kelly realizes some things that she never had realized before about romance. 

     This was a book that puts out a very truthful description the way things work with teenage girls and what they think about romance. Its a great book, and I really liked it. I recommend it to anyone who likes books with the good ending where the girl gets that guy that she really wants.

Arial, ninth grade

This is one of my favorite books of all time.  I liked it because the characters seemed real and I could relate.  She described how it feels to be a teenager very well. 

            Kelly is a teenage girl looking for romance.  All around her romance seems to be happening.  She decides to invent a board game of romance.  Later Kelly realizes that not all romance ends in happy ever after.  The book comes with the game attached to the back. 

Elliott, L. M.  

Under A War-Torn Sky.  

284 pgs, 640L

Shelbie

Henry was in a war camp and he goes out on his 15th mission, a mission that most people at that time did not come home from. The plane that he was in crashes and everyone but he died in it. He tries to make it home and innocent people risk their lives for him whose only mission at this point is to get home alive.

Jeff, eighth grade

Under a War-Torn Sky features a downed pilot named Henry Forester in WWII.  Every pilot in the squadron fears their fifteenth bombing run, because hardly anyone ever returns from the big 1 5.  When his plane is shot down, he is forced to bail out.  He lands in Nazi occupied France, and has been trained to always head west.  I enjoyed this book because I am very interested in WWII, and downed pilots are not covered so much in books or movies.  However, it doesnt just talk about the war.  In the book there are many characters that Henry meets that are just civilians.  It really grabs the reader and throws them into battle.

Thomas R., eighth grade

Henry starts out in an air base in Europe. The camp is getting ready for a bomb run over Germany in WWII. During the bomb run the main characters plane is shot down. Throughout the whole book he is trying to get back to Europe. Along the way he has people risking there lives to help him. Some of the people even get captured and tortured for helping him. He also gets captured by Nazis and tortured. This is a very exciting book, and keeps you on the edge of your seat, and you wont want to stop reading it.

Paul F., eighth grade

Henry, the main character of this book, flies in a B-24 bomber and they are going to bomb the Nazis in WWII.  This is the fifteenth trip for this 19-year-old co-pilot. They say the fifteenth is the unluckiest trip for pilots.  He was shot down.  Now he has to find his way back to England. This book reminds me of the Underground Railroad, because people who do not like the Nazis sneak him from house to house, and if the Germans find him they will capture him.  I recommend this book for people who like adventures and action books. 

Mr. Greenlee

The beginning is somewhat cheesy, the ending choppy, but the bulk in between is a good tale.  

Erskine, Kathryn.

Mockingbird.  

Lex: 6.8

Grace, 7th grade

Mockingbird is an outstanding book. It blends heartwarming moments with depressing moments to create a wonderful story. The problems that happen to characters are very relatable and relevant to many peoples lives. I would definitely recommend this book.

Funke, Cornelia.   

Thief Lord. 

650L

 
 

Horvath, Polly.  

Everything on a Waffle.  

 

Hyde, Catharine Ryan. 

Pay It Forward. 

630L

Shay, ninth grade 

If you want to read a book about friendship, honesty, and kindness, Pay It Forward is the book to read.  The school hired a new teacher, Mr. St. Clair he is a war veteran.  He told the class that they had to do an experiment. One of the kids, Trevor, chose to do something called pay it forward.  It is where Trevor did something good for three people and those three people do something good for three other people and it keeps going. Mr. St. Clair really liked Trevors his project.  Trevor ended up going to Washington to visit the White House and meeting the president. 

I think that this book taught about kindness can get somewhere in live.  I really enjoyed reading this book.

Emily 

This book is about helping people that are in great need.  Trevor McKinney, the main character, is the person that comes up with the whole idea.  His idea was when you loan someone some money they don't pay it back they pay it forward to someone else.  In Trevor's eyes this idea after time will have helped every person without a home.   

 

Lancaster 

Human.4

 
 

Lenski, Lois.

 Strawberry Girl.

   650L

 
 

Lest, Julius 

Long Journey Home

 

Myers, Walter Dean. 

 Scorpions. 

610 L, 216 pgs

Tymon, eighth grade 

Tito and Jamal  are faced with a situation that could change their lives.  A bad kid named Mack gives them a gun because he wants them in a gang called the Scorpions.  This book doesnt have very much action in it besides a few school fights and a killing.  Its about how Jamal deals with school and his brother in jail.  This book puts the reader in the story; I was thinking as if I were in this book.  It was a good, easy read.  It doesnt have a ton of profanity in it, so younger kids would be able to read it also.

 

ODell,  Scott

Sarah Bishop

 
 

Patterson, James

Final Warning

 

Sachar, Louis.  

Holes.  

660L

Sam 

Holes is a good book.  The book tells about a boy named Stanley that gets sent to camp green lake for being falsely accused of stealing shoes.  At the camp they make the kids dig holes, for a wrong reason.  The book describes the story of Stanley and many stories of the kids at the camp.  Holes has many side stories.  The book supports the idea of working together and standing up to what's wrong.  Sam recommends this book for 4th through 9th graders.

 

Sebold, Alice

Lucky 

 
 

Sparks, Nicholas

Last Song

 
 

Sparks, Nicholas

Lucky One 

 
 

Spinellli, Jerry.   

Maniac Magee. 

820L

Fuller        

Jeffery Magee was an ordinary kid, living an ordinary life until his parents onboard a train heading out of town for the week and disaster hit.  His parents encountered a horrible train accident and are killed on impact, leaving Jeffery to fend for himself as an orphan.  Thats when he becomes known as Maniac Magee.  Read along to see how Young Jeffery runs away from his terrible distant family and lives on his own, on the street.  I gave this book three out of five stars because I found this plot way over used and somewhat boring.  On the other hand if your looking for a quick very easy read, give it a try. 

 Tyler M

     Jerry Spinelli did a great job writing this book , it starts off with Maniac getting in trouble with other kids then becoming there friends at the end of the book.  The book was mainly about Maniac who does things, other people would not think of doing, such as, being a white boy going to the west end which was blacks and living with a black family.  No one ever thought of that because west was blacks and east was whites and no one ever tempted to wonder off there way to the other end. And so there was this boy who was now the one everyone was talking about and he is now famous for doing his heroic things in the east and the west end so now no matter where he goes he is welcome for doing the things that he has done.

 

Spinellli, Jerry.   

Stargirl.  

590L

Arial, ninth grade 

Mysterious, romantic, dramatic-all words to describe this wonderful book. It is about a girl who seems to be more in touch with herself and her world then the people around her can understand. The book is narby a boy named Leo, who falls under the spell Stargirl seems to put on people. The book is basted in a high school were cliques and peers have huge effects on other peoples life. Its focus is on just trying to be yourself which it portrays very well.  I enjoyed reading this book and highly recommended it.

Anonymous Review author 

Stargirl came to Mica High school completely different then everyone else.  She dressed differently, acted differently, and talked differently. At first, the high school liked her individualism.  Stargirl inspired many people to change and become more of individuals.  After a few months though, the students started to find Stargirl more weird than just different.  Soon the whole high school was giving her the cold shoulder.  They would talk behind her back they wouldn't look at her and wouldn't talk to anyone who was friends with her.  Leo fell in love with Stargirl the first time he saw her.  Leo loves her friendliness and begins to date her just as everyone else is turning their backs on her.  Before long, they have also turned their backs on him, and he can't take it.  Stargirl is an inspiration to everyone and no one seems to notice.  I recommend this story too teenage and middle school girls.

 

Stockett, Kathryn

Help, The 

 

 
 

Brians Hunt

Paulsen, Gary 

 

 
 

Brians Winter

Paulsen, Gary

 

 
 

Wulffson

Soldier X

 

 
 

Holt, Kimberly Willis

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

National Book Award for Young People 1999

AR:  4.5

Lex: 7.0

 

 
 

Avi

True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Newbery Honor Book 1991

AR:  5.3

Lex: 7.4

 

 
 

Avi

Crispin: The Cross of Lead

Newbery Medal 2003

AR:  5.0

Lex: 7.8

 

 
 

Collier & Collier

My Brother Sam is Dead

Newbery Honor Book 1975

AR:  4.9

Lex: 7.7

 

 
 

Konigsburg E. L.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Newbery Medal 1968

AR:  4.7

Lex: 7.0

 

 
 

Farmer, Nancy

Girl Named Disaster

Newbery Honor Book 1997

AR:  5.1

Lex: 7.3

 

 
 

Farmer, Nancy

House of the Scorpion

Newbery Honor Book 2003; Printz Award  Honor 2003

AR:  5.1

Lex: 6.6

 

 
 

George, Jean C.

My Side of the Mountain

Newbery Honor Book 1960

AR:  5.2

Lex: 8.1

 

 
 

Horvath, Polly

Everything on a Waffle

Newbery Honor Book 2002

AR:

Lex:

 

 
 

Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia

Newbery Medal 1978

AR:  4.6

Lex: 8.0

 

 
 

Raskin, Ellen

Westing Game

Newbery Medal 1979

AR:  5.3

Lex: 7.5

 

 
 

Sachar, Louis

Holes

Newbery Medal 1999

AR:

Lex:

 

 
 

Sclitz, Amy

Splendors and Glooms

Newbery Honor Book 2013

AR:  5.1

Lex: 6.7

 

 
 

Spinellli, Jerry

Maniac Magee

Newbery Medal 1991

AR:  4.7

Lex: 8.2

 

 
 

Virginia Sorenson

Miracles on Maple Hill

Newbery Medal 1957

AR:  4.9

Lex: 7.5

 

 
     
     
     
 
 

 

 

 

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