Sixth Grade: Good Reading

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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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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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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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

By Jacqueline Kelly

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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.

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The Call

By Michael Grant

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A seemingly average twelve-year-old learns that he is destined to gather a team of similarly gifted children to try to save the world from a nameless evil, which is threatening to reappear after having been imprisoned for three thousand years.
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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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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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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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The Absolute Value of Mike

By Kathryn Erskine

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Mike, whose father is a brilliant mathematician but who has no math aptitude himself, spends the summer in rural Pennsylvania with his elderly and eccentric relatives Moo and Poppy, helping the townspeople raise money to adopt a Romanian orphan.
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The Mysterious Howling

By Maryrose Wood

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Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner quickly, in preparation for a Christmas ball.
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