Good Reading for Sixth Grade

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon

By Catherine Thimmesh

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Astronauts get the glory, but their success depends upon the hundreds of people whose teamwork helps them fly. From spacesuit fabric to spacecraft design, unsung heroes make the impossible possible.

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Summer Begins

By Elizabeth Carey

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Four girl cousins spend summer vacation together with their grandmother on Gull Island. What adventures will they find? And what family secret will they discover?

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Saffy's Angel

By Hilary McKay

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Saffy always thought she knew exactly where she fit in her family until the day she discovered she was adopted. Now she feels very alone, but a mysterious inheritance reminds her just how much family she really has.

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The Mysterious Benedict Society

By Trent Lee Stewart

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After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

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My Life in Dog Years

By Gary Paulsen

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From the first dog he ever owned to the dog that saved him from freezing to death in an ice-covered pond, Paulsen tells hilarious, sometimes sad stories about the dogs he's known.

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Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff

By Jennifer L. Holm

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Told entirely through notes, grocery receipts, report cards, bottle caps, newspaper clippings, and other pieces of a young girl’s life, this is the story of Ginny’s seventh-grade year.

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Locomotion

By Jacqueline Woodson

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In a series of poems, eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life after the death of his parents, separated from his younger sister, living in a foster home, and finding his poetic voice at school.

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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

By Jack Gantos

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Joey wants to be good, but he just can’t seem to stay out of trouble.  The first in a series.

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Inkheart

By Cornelia Funke

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Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.
 

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Heartbeat

By Sharon Creech

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Twelve-year-old Annie ponders the many rhythms of life the year that her mother becomes pregnant, her grandfather begins faltering, and her best friend (and running partner) becomes distant.

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