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2012 Summer Reading for students entering grade 6 HKIS Upper Primary K= available on Kindle

Almond, David. My Name is Mina. Delacorte Press, 2010. Creative & intelligent Mina keeps a journal in her own disorderly way that reveals how her mind is growing into something extraordinary, especially after she begins homeschooling under the direction of her widowed mother. K

Blackwood, Gary. Around the World in 100 Days. Dutton Children’s, 2010. Harry Fogg undertakes a race against time to win a wager, putting to good use the recklessness and fascination with all things mechanical that have caused him trouble in Victorian England. K

Bragg, Georgia. How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous. Walker & Co., 2011. Shares the sometimes gruesome details of the deaths of nineteen famous historical figures, including King Tut, Pocahontas, George Washington, Edgar Allan Poe, and Marie Curie.

Appelt, Kathi. Keeper. Atheneum Books, 2010. Ten-year-old Keeper heads to a sandbar in a small boat along with her dog BD and a seagull named Captain in order to find her mother, a mermaid who left her when Keeper was only three.

Blume, Leslie M. M. Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins & Other Nasties: a Practical Guide. Knopf Books, 2010. Fairy expert Miss Edythe McFate shares her knowledge of the modern fairy world including how to tell a good fairy from a bad one, how to spot a a fairy ring and how to tell the difference between dwarves and trolls. K Colfer, Eoin. Airman. Puffin, 2009. In the 1890s on an island off the Irish coast, Conor Broekhart is falsely imprisoned and passes the solitary months by scratching designs of flying machines into the walls, including one for a glider with which he dreams of escape. K


Curtis, Christopher Paul. The Mighty Miss Malone. Wendy Lamb Books, 2012. Deza Malone, the smartest girl in her class, accompanies her mother and older brother on a trip to find her father, an African American man who left to find work after the Great Depression hit. K

Deary, Terry. 10 Best Greek Legends Ever! Scholastic, 2009. Brush up on your Greek mythology over the summer by learning more about Jason leads the Argonauts, Odysseus munches on monsters and how Achilles finds his fatal flaw and more.

Flanagan, John. Emperor of Nihon-Ja. Puffin, 2011. In the newest Ranger’s Apprentice book, a young warrior must protect an emperor from an uprising and train an inexperienced army, with assistance from his Ranger friends. Series K

Fleming, Candace. Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Schwartz and Wade, 2011. Traces the life of female aviator Amelia Earhart from her childhood to her final flight, discusses the extensive search for her and her missing plane, and includes photographs, maps, handwritten notes by Amelia.

Foley, Lizzie. Remarkable. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012. Tenyear-old Jane Doe, the only student average enough to be excluded from the town of Remarkable's School for the Remarkably Gifted, is joined at her public school by the troublemaking Grimlet twins, who lead her on a series of adventures. K

Gantos, Jack. Dead End in Norvelt. Farrar Strauss Giruoux, 2011. Twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, and countless bloody noses. (2012 Newbery) K

Hardesty, Von. Epic Flights. Kingfisher, 2011. Details five record-setting flights including the first solo trans-Atlantic flight by Charles Lindbergh, the first moon-landing by Apollo 11, and more.

Hiranandani, Veera. The Whole Story of Half a Girl. Delecorte, 2012. When Sonia's father loses his job and she must move from her small, private school to a public middle school, the half-Jewish halfIndian sixth-grader experiences culture shock as she tries to navigate the school's unfamiliar social scene. K


Jacobson, Jennifer Richard. Small as an Elephant. Candlewick Press, 2011. Abandoned by his mother in an Acadia National Park campground, Jack tries to make his way back to Boston before anyone figures out what is going on, with only a small toy elephant for company. K

Kibuishi, Kazu. Explorer: The Mystery Boxes. Amulet Books, 2012. An anthology of short graphic works by artists Kazu Kibuishi, Dave Roman, and Raina Telgemeier, all on the theme of a mysterious box and the marvels, or mayhem, inside.

L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time. Macmillan, 1962. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this classic book this summer! Meg, her brother Charles, and their friend Calvin, embark on a journey through space and time, to find Meg's father, a physicist who disappeared while experimenting with time travel. (1963 Newbery) K

Meloy, Maile. The Apothecary. Putnam, 2011. Janie Scott, newly arrived in London from Los Angeles in 1952, becomes friends with a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows, and is drawn into a dangerous adventure with Benjamin when his father is kidnapped and Russian spies try to steal his book of secrets. K

Morpurgo, Michael. Private Peaceful. Scholastic, 2004. When Thomas Peaceful's older brother is forced to join the British Army, Thomas decides to sign up as well, even though he is only fourteen. although he is only fourteen years old.

Nix, Garth. Troubletwisters. Scholastic, 2011. Twins Jaide and Jack Shield discover that their father and grandmother are "wardens," tasked with defending portals and humanity from evil, but their lives change forever when they learn that they share the same powers. K

Oliver, Lauren. Liesl & Po. Harper, 2011. After her father's death, Liesl is locked away in a tiny attic room by her stepmother, where she meets Po, a lonely ghost, and Will, an alchemist's apprentice who bungles an important delivery and enlists Liesl and Po's help in setting things right. K

Palacio, R.J. Wonder. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being homeschooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. K


Park, Linda Sue. A Long Walk to Water. Clarion, 2010. When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.

Potter, Ellen. Pish Posh. Puffin, 2011. Eleven-year-old Clara Frankofile sits in her parents' elegant New York City restaurant, Pish Posh, and passes judgement on each customer as a Somebody or a Nobody, but her all-seeing eyes fail to observe the mysterious events occurring right under her nose. K

Raskin, Ellen. The Westing Game. Dutton Children’s Books, 1978. (Newbery Award Winner) The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance. (1979 Newbery) K

Reeve, Philip. No Such Thing as Dragons. Scholastic, 2012. In this thrilling adventure, a young, mute boy who is apprenticed to a dragonslayer suspects that the winged beasts do not exist, until he--and his master--learn the truth. K

Rockliff, Mara. Get Real: What Kind of World are You Buying? Running Press, 2010. Can we really change the world with our wallets? We already do. Learn how your choices effect the world.

Scott, Michael. The Warlock. Delacorte Press, 2011. In the lastest installment of the Alchemist series, Josh has chosen to side neither with his twin sister Sophie nor with the Alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel, but rather to fight alongside Dr. John Dee and the mysterious Virginia Dare. Series K

Speare, Elizabeth George. The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Houghton Mifflin, 1958. In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft (1959 Newbery). K

St. John, Lauren. Kidnap in the Caribbean. Orion, 2011. From Cornwall to the Caribbean, ace detective Laura Marlin comes face to face with pirates, sharks, criminal masterminds and an erupting volcano in her second mystery adventure, following the Blue Peter awardwinning Dead Man's Cove. K


Stone, Phoebe. The Boy on Cinnamon Street. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2012. Since a tragedy she cannot remember, Louise has changed her name, given up gymnastics, moved in with her grandparents, and locked her feelings inside but through her friends Reni and Hen and notes from a secret admirer she begins to find herself again. K

Stone, Phoebe. Romeo and Juliet Code. Arthur Levine Books, 2011. During World War II, eleven-year-old Felicity is sent from London to Bottlebay, Maine, to live with her grandmother, aunt, uncle, and a reclusive boy who helps her decode mysterious letters that contain the truth about her missing parents. K

Stein, Garth. Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog. Harper, 2011. Adaptation of: Art of racing in the rain. Enzo, the dog of professional race car driver Denny Swift, recalls his memories of life with Denny and Denny's daughter Zoe and shares his insight into the human condition that he learned from observing his owner. K

Stephens, John. The Emerald Atlas. Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. Kate, Michael, and Emma have passed from one orphanage to another in the ten years since their parents disappeared to protect them, but now they learn that they have special powers-and a fearsome enemy-and embark on a prophesied quest to find a magical book. K

Turner, Pamela. Project Seahorse. Houghton Mifflin, 2010. Photographs and text show how conservationists and community members worked together to restore the damaged coral reef in the town of Handumon in the Philippines, and protect the reef's resident seahorses.

Valente, Chatherynne M. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland. Feiwel and Friends, 2011. A young girl named September finds herself transported from her home in Omaha to Fairyland, where she must battle the mysterious Marquess alongside her creature-friends. K

Westerfeld, Scott. Behemoth. Simon and Schuster, 2010. Sequel to: Leviathan. Continues the story of Austrian Prince Alek who, in an alternate 1914 Europe, eludes the Germans by traveling in the Leviathan to Constantinople, where he faces a whole new kind of geneticallyengineered warships. Series K

Yelchin, Eugene. Breaking Stalin's Nose. Henry Holt, 2011. On the eve of his induction into the Young Pioneers, Sasha’s world is overturned when his father is arrested by Stalin’s guard. (2012 Newbery Honor Book) K


2012 Grade 6 Summer Reading  

2012 Grade 6 summer reading for students entering grade 6 at HKIS Upper Primary