Summer Reading Lists: 2012
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All the Things You AreSheinmel, CourtneyLiving with her stepfather, Faux Pa, Carly Wheeler must learn to deal with losing her private school friends and living with her family's increasingly tight budget after her mother is arrested for embezzlement and sentenced to a year in prison. Lexile: 720grade 6 summerGRADE 6 INSTRUCTIONS: Read Number the Stars and at least one more grade-6 book
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Ark Angel: Alex RiderHorowitz, AnthonyAfter recovering from a near fatal gunshot wound, teenage spy Alex Rider embarks on a new mission to stop a group of eco-terrorists from sabotaging the launch of the first outer space hotel. Lexile: 680grade 6 summer
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The Boy Who Saved BaseballRitter, John H.The fate of a small California town rests on the outcome of one baseball game, and Tom Gallagher hopes to lead his team to victory with the secrets of the now disgraced player, Dante Del Gato. Lexile: 660grade 6 summer
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Brian's ReturnPaulsen, GaryAfter having survived alone in the wilderness, Brian finds that he can no longer live in the city but must return to the place where he really belongs. Lexile: 1030grade 6 summer
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Bud, Not BuddyCurtis, Christopher PaulTen-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids. Lexile: 950grade 6 summer
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Bull Rider (Orca Soundings)Halvorson, MarilynLayne, desperate to follow in his late father's footsteps, wants nothing more than to become a bull rider, even with his mother's lack of support. Lexile: 520grade 6 summer
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BystanderPreller, JamesWhen thirteen-year-old Eric moves to Long Island, he gets involved with the wrong crowd and learns about bullying. Lexile: 600grade 6 summer
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The Chocolate WarCormier, RobertA high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies. Lexile: 820grade 6 summer
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Criss CrossPerkins, Lynne RaeTeenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect, and disconnect as they search for the meaning of life and love. Lexile: 820grade 6 summer
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Esperanza RisingRyan, Pam MunozEsperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression. Lexile: 750grade 6 summer
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HatchetPaulsen, GaryAfter a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce. Lexile: 1020grade 6 summer
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Hear the Wind BlowHahn, Mary DowningWith their mother dead and their home burned, a thirteen-year-old boy and his little sister set out across Virginia in search of relatives during the final days of the Civil War. Lexile: 700grade 6 summer
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Heart of a SamuraiPreus, MargiIn 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States. Lexile: 760grade 6 summer
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Heist SocietyCarter, AllyKat's father is accused of stealing valuable paintings. Insisting that her father is innocent, it is up to fifteen-year-old Kat to steal back the paintings with the help of her cousins and friends. Lexile: 800grade 6 summer
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HolesSachar, LouisAs further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself. Lexile: 660grade 6 summer
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HomecomingVoigt, CynthiaAbandoned by their mother, four children begin to search for a home and an identity. Lexile: 630grade 6 summer
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Indian Captive: The Story of Mary JemisonLenski, LoisA fictional retelling of the experiences of twelve-year-old Mary Jemison, who after being captured by a Shawnee war party during the French and Indian War, is rescued and subsequently adopted by two Seneca sisters with whom she ultimately chooses to stay. Lexile: 800grade 6 summer
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The Indian in the CupboardBanks, Lynne ReidA nine-year-old boy receives a plastic Indian, a cupboard, and a little key for his birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life in the cupboard and befriends him. Lexile: 780grade 6 summer
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The Invention of Hugo CabretSelznick, BrianWhen twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized. Lexile: 820grade 6 summer
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Island of the Blue DolphinsO'Dell, ScottRecords the courage and self-reliance of an Indian girl who lived alone for eighteen years on an isolated island off the California coast when her tribe emigrated and she was left behind. Lexile: 1000grade 6 summer
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Kira-KiraKadohata, CynthiaChronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill. Lexile: 740grade 6 summer
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Moon Over ManifestVanderpool, ClareTwelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past. Lexile: 800grade 6 summer
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My Brother Sam Is DeadCollier, James LincolnRecounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral. Lexile: 770grade 6 summer
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My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)George, Jean CraigheadYoung Sam Gribley spends a winter alone in the Catskills by living off the land. Lexile: 810grade 6 summer
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Number the StarsLowry, LoisIn 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis. Lexile: 670grade 6 summer
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Okay for NowSchmidt, Gary D.In this companion to "The Wednesday Wars," eighth-grader Doug develops an interest in drawing and in a girl after moving during the summer of 1968. He must face an abusive father, an older brother accused of robbery, and another brother returning from Vietnam. Lexile: 850grade 6 summer
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The Other Half of My HeartFrazier, Sundee T.Twin daughters of interracial parents, eleven-year-olds Keira and Minna have very different skin tones and personalities, but it is not until their African American grandmother enters them in the Miss Black Pearl Pre-Teen competition in North Carolina that red-haired and pale-skinned Minna realizes what life in their small town in the Pacific Northwest has been like for her more outgoing, darker-skinned sister. Lexile: 750grade 6 summer
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Out of My MindDraper, Sharon M.Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time. Lexile: 700grade 6 summer
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Out Of The DustHesse, KarenIn a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.grade 6 summer
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RulesLord, CynthiaFrustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic. Lexile: 780grade 6 summer
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Song of the TreesTaylor, Mildred D.During the Depression, a rural black family deeply attached to the forest on their land tries to save it from being cut down by an unscrupulous white man. Lexile: 710grade 6 summer
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Tale of DespereauxDicamillo, KateThe adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. Lexile: 670grade 6 summer
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TangerineBloor, EdwardTwelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight. Lexile: 680grade 6 summer
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WonderstruckSelznick, BrianRelates the stories of twelve-year-old Ben, who loses his mother and his hearing in a short time frame and decides to leave his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he has never known in New York City; and Rose, who lives with her father but feels compelled to search for what is missing in her life. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's in pictures. Lexile: 830grade 6 summer
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Woods RunnerPaulsen, GarySamuel, thirteen and living in 1776 Pennsylvania, learns firsthand about war after he discovers his settlement has been burned, many killed, and his parents taken as prisoners. He sets off to rescue his parents who are being held captive in New York. Lexile: 870grade 6 summer
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