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Subject: 6th grade novel? Help!
Date Posted: 7/24/2009 3:25 PM ET
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Hi there. I teach 6th grade reading and I'm looking for a great novel to do with my students. Any suggestions? I'm having a difficult time finding a great novel that is the appropriate reading level. I do The Giver with my 7th graders - if only I could find sometime equally amazing for 6th...

Suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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Date Posted: 7/28/2009 3:52 PM ET
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I have a friend who teaches 6th grade in Texas.

She really likes Belle Prater's Boy . She also reads The Cay . There was another book about a family called the Applewhites, but I cannot remember the name of it, though Applewhite is in the title.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 5:34 PM ET
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I teach fifth grade, and there are several I love that are just a bit high for my kids -


Esperanze Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan


Hoot by Carl Hiaison

Flush by Carl Hiaison

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 5:42 PM ET
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Haddix's books about the Shaddow Children - great for discussion. City of Ember - the sequel is really well done, also. I didn't like the third book in the series. Very thought provoking.
Angie -
Date Posted: 8/1/2009 11:17 PM ET
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I haven't done any of these yet (or even read them), but for my 6th grade Reading class we will be reading:

Strawberry Girl (girls, or 1/2 the class that selects it)

Hatchet (boys, or 1/2 class...)

Number the Stars

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (these are cross curricular to go with the social studies Holocaust unit.)

A Long Way From Chicago

I think there are a few more Holocaust book, but you get the idea of it.

Date Posted: 8/10/2009 12:55 AM ET
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Our 6th graders usually read The Cay, Hatchet, or The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

In 7th grade we usually read The Outsiders and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.

In 8th grade they read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

In my after school book club we read Sounder, Elijah of Buxton, Al Capone Does My Shirts, and From the Mixed Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler.

In the past I've also read The Bad Beginning, The Little Prince, Summer of the Swans, Across Five Aprils,  and The Best Christmas Pagent Ever with my classes.

BTW it is Surviving the Applewhites.


Date Posted: 8/10/2009 10:46 AM ET
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Thanks for all the GREAT suggestions, everyone! I really appreciate it! Keep them comin'!!

Date Posted: 8/24/2009 9:43 PM ET
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Hatchet is a GREAT suggestion! It's great for guys or girls! Same with Witch of Blackbird Pond! I LOVE Margaret peterson Haddix!

Our fifth graders read Sounder and then watch the movie.  Another good one...although maybe a little long would be Tale of Despereaux.

Subject: 6th grade book
Date Posted: 8/27/2009 11:23 PM ET
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Edward Bloor's   Tangerine   -  amazing!

The Westing Game -  great mystery!

Jerry Spinnelli - Maniac McGee - very cool!

A Wrinkle in Time - M. L'Engle

All Fabulous!



Date Posted: 8/29/2009 3:09 AM ET
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How about Freak the Mighty... a great book and there is a movie based on the book for when you are done! We also read some books based on the social studies (world cultures) curriculum... the golden goblet, the samuarai's tale, tusk and stone, the blood red horse, endless steppe, letters from rifka
Date Posted: 8/31/2009 7:27 AM ET
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I teach 6th grade and I always start the year off doing a read aloud by Andrew Clements.  He really "gets it" when it comes to understanding 6th graders.  They books are funny, poignant, informative and makes for great discussion.  "No talking" is hilarious.  My class actually decided they wanted to have a contest boys vs. girls.  They poor kids were tortured not talking for three days.  I just bought his new book "Extra Credit".  I can't wait for school to start next week so I can start the book!

Subject: 6th grade reading
Date Posted: 8/31/2009 12:18 PM ET
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Having taught sixth graders reading my students enjoyed books such as Wringer or Loser by Spinelli, Holes by Sachar, Island of the Blue Dolphins bo O'Dell and of course I second the Haddix novels as well.

I trust your year goes extremely well with reading!