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Subject: 6th grade novels?
Date Posted: 1/26/2012 6:03 PM ET
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I teach 6th grade and I'm looking for a great read aloud to do. I'd really like to do something that's more "classic", but I'm open to suggestions.

Here is what we already cover in 6th and 7th: The Giver, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Cay, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Al Capone Does My Shirts, and sometimes I do The Boy Who Dared.

Any thoughts?

Thank you!

Subject: I remember reading Night by Elie Weisel.....may be too old..
Date Posted: 1/26/2012 7:51 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/28/2012 9:57 PM ET
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my son is in 6th grade.  THey read Jerry Spinelli earlier in the school year and now they are reading Phoenix Rising, if that helps?


Date Posted: 2/7/2012 11:58 AM ET
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You have some good ones.  How about:

The Outsiders

Roll of Thunder

The Chocolate War



Date Posted: 2/7/2012 5:40 PM ET
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We read "Where the Red Fern Grows" and "The Giver" during 6th grade. I enjoyed both of them.

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Date Posted: 2/9/2012 4:15 PM ET
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My youngest read Tuck Everlasting, The Cay, and Hounds of the Baskervilles last year in 6th grade. She loved them all. With the new Sherlock Holmes movies, maybe Hounds would be a good choice.

Date Posted: 3/10/2012 8:00 AM ET
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The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis--life in Afghanistan.  Girl has to dress as a boy in order to make a few pennies to feed her family.  Great for discussions on current affairs.

Date Posted: 3/22/2012 12:36 PM ET
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The Sword in the Stone by TH White?

Or a Rosemary Sutcliff book? Those are timeless.

Date Posted: 8/15/2012 11:55 PM ET
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The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt

Shooting the Moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell