Sixth Grade Summer Reading List

Fiction 

  • Buyea, Rob. Because of Mr. Terupt – This novel features seven narrators, each with a unique story, and each with a different perspective on what makes the fifth grade so special.
  • Carman, Patrick. Skeleton Creek (series) – Two curious teen friends know there is a mystery in Skeleton Creek, and they’re determined to find out what it is — even if Ryan’s father may be involved.
  • Erskine, Kathryn. Mockingbird – A girl on the autism spectrum reaches out past her own family’s tragedy to help others as she helps herself.
  • Gratz, Alan. Refugee – A historical novel that braids the stories of three young refugees in three different time periods and settings: 1938 Berlin, 1994 Cuba, and 2015 Syria.
  • Green, Tim. Football Genius (series) – Troy, a sixth grader with an unusual gift for predicting football plays before they occur, tries to help his favorite team.
  • Halse Anderson, Laurie. Fever 1793 – Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her mother and grandfather. A fever breaks out and disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie’s world upside down.
  • Hunt, Lynda Mullaly. Fish in a Tree – Fish in a Tree is a tremendous, sensitive account of a middle school girl’s struggle with dyslexia and her inspirational progress in learning to read once she’s paired with the right teacher.
  • Korman, Gordon. Swindle – After an unscrupulous collector cons him out of a baseball card, Griffin puts together a band of misfits to steal the card back.
  • Miller, Sarah. Miss Spitfire – At age 20, partially blind, lonely but spirited Annie Sullivan tries to teach 6-year-old Helen Keller self-discipline and communication.
  • Napoli, Donna Jo. North – Tired of his mother’s overprotectiveness and intrigued by the life of African-American explorer Matthew Henson, 12-year-old Alvin travels north and spends a season with a trapper near the Arctic Circle.
  • Nielsen, Jennifer A. A Night Divided – With the rise of the Berlin Wall, 12-year-old Gerta finds her family suddenly divided. She knows it is dangerous to watch the wall, to think forbidden thoughts of freedom, yet she can’t help herself since she is a prisoner in her own city.
  • Oh, Ellen. Flying Lessons & Other Stories – Ten authors celebrate diversity through tales of Bigfoot, basketball, girl pirates, and more in a highly readable, relatable short-story collection.
  • Salisbury, Graham. Night of the Howling Dogs – In 1975, eleven Boy Scouts, their leaders, and some new friends go camping in Hawaii and find their survival skills put to the test when a massive earthquake and tsunami strike.
  • Schmidt, Gary. The Wednesday Wars – The Wednesday Wars is a wonderfully witty and compelling story about a teenage boy’s mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967–68 school year in Long Island, New York.
  • Springer, Nancy. Enola Holmes Mystery (series) – Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes solves a variety of mysteries in this engaging series.
  • Winerip, Michael. Adam Canfield (series) – In the first book in this series, middle-school newspaper editors, Adam and Jennifer, uncover fraud and corruption in their school and in the city’s government.

Graphic Novels

  • Hale, Shannon. Rapunzel’s Revenge – Rapunzel dreams of a different mother than Gothel, the woman she calls Mother—and climbs over a wall and finds out the truth.
  • Larson, Hope. Chiggers – When Abby returns to the same summer camp she always goes to, she is dismayed to find that her old friends have changed.
  • Spiegelman, Art. Big Fat Little Lit – This collection of short stories presented in comic book format includes some games and activities.
  • Wood, Don. Into the Volcano – While their parents are away doing research, brothers Duffy and Sumo Pugg go with their cousin, Mister Come-and-Go, to Kokalaha Island, where they meet Aunt Lulu and become trapped in an erupting volcano.

Nonfiction

  • Anderson, Laurie Halse. Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution – Listen up! You’ve all heard about the great men who led and fought during the American Revolution; but did you know that the guys only make up part of the story? What about the women? The girls? The dames? Didn’t they play a part?
  • Clee, Paul. Before Hollywood: From Shadow Play to the Silver Screen – Here is a history of cinematography from Leonardo da Vinci’s camera obscura in 1500 through the movie palaces of the early twentieth century.
  • Kehret, Peg. Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio – In a riveting story of courage and hope, Peg Kehret writes about months spent in a hospital when she was twelve, first struggling to survive a severe case of polio, then slowly learning to walk again.
  • Masoff, Joy. Oh, Yikes! History’s Grossest Wackiest Moments – Gross is back and viler than ever! This illustrated encyclopedia contains history’s messiest, dumbest, grossest wackiest, and weirdest moments.
  • Menzel, Peter. What the World Eats – A photographic collection featuring portraits of twenty-five international families surrounded by a week’s worth of food.
  • Thimmesh, Catherine. Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women – In the kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. Learn what inspired these women, and how they turned their ideas into realities.