Sixth Grade: Good Reading

A Long Walk to Water

By Linda Sue Park

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When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.
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Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

By Candace Fleming

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Tells the story of Amelia Earhart's life - as a child, a woman, and a pilot - and describes the search for her missing plane.
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Big Nate: In a Class by Himself

By Lincoln Pierce

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Supremely confident middle school student Nate Wright manages to make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement.
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Breaking Stalin's Nose

By Eugene Yelchin

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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.

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Extra Credit

By Andrew Clements

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As letters flow back and forth--between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of Afghanistan, across cultural and religious divides--Abby, Amira, and Sadeed begin to speak and listen to each other.

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Fablehaven

By Brandon Mull

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When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.
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Finding Family

By Tonya Bolden

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Raised in Charleston, West Virginia, at the turn of the twentieth century by her grandfather and aunt on off-putting tales of family members she has never met, twelve-year-old Delana is shocked when, after Aunt Tilley dies, she learns the truth about her parents and some of her other relatives.
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Found

By Margaret Haddix

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When Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane full of babies with no adults on board, that appeared out of nowhere, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time.
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Guys Read: Funny Business

By Jon Scieszka, editor

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"Funny Business is based around the theme of--what else?--humor, and if you're familiar with Jon and Guys Read, you already know what you're in store for: ten hilarious stories from some of the funniest writers around. Before you're through, you'll meet a teenage mummy; a kid desperate to take a dip in the world's largest pool of chocolate milk; a homicidal turkey; parents who hand over their son's room to a biker; the only kid in his middle school who hasn't turned into a vampire, wizard, or superhero; and more."
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How Lamar's Bad Prank won a Bubba-Sized Trophy

By Crystal Allen

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When bowling obsessed Lamar Washington finds out that his bowling idol is coming to town he finds himself involved in some unsavory activities as he tries to change his image to impress people.

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