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2013 Grade 6 Summer Reading for students entering grade 6 HKIS Upper Primary ✿ Available in eBook and Audio format on the HKIS Digital Lending Library

Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women. Penguin Threads, 2012. Read this classic and then watch the movie this summer! This book would be daunting for a student to read on their own but would make a fun mother/daughter read aloud!

Alexander, Willliam. Goblin Secrets. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2012. A boy joins a theatrical troupe of goblins to find his missing brother. This fantasy takes a gentle look at love, loss, and family while delivering a fast-paced adventure that is sure to satisfy.

Bauer, Joan. Close to Famous. Viking, 2011. Foster dreams of having her own cooking show. Macon’s goal is to be a filmmaker. Foster’s mom wants to be a headliner rather than a back-up singer. Everyone has a dream, but nobody is even close to famous until something unexpected happens. . .

Berger, Lee R. The Skull in the Rock. National Geographic Kids, 2012.Tells the story of how Professor Lee Berger and his nine-year old son used Google Earth to find a new way to study the history of human evolution.

Burgis, Stephanie. Kat, Incorrigible. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011. Kat discovers she has magical powers and is determined to learn how to use them. She wrecks havoc as she tries to rescue her sister from her engagement to the sinister Sir Neville. Series

Carlson-Voiles, Polly. Summer of the Wolves. Houghton Mifflin, 2012. Orphans Nika and Randall spend the summer with their long lost uncle in a remote wilderness where he studies wolves. Nika develops a relationship with an orphaned wolf pup that makes her feel whole again.


Catanese, P.W. The Books of Umber: Happenstance Found. Aladdin, 2009. Happenstance wakes up in a cave with no idea how he got there, or who he is or how he came to be there. Soon a mysterious trio come to take him away. Hap is desperate to uncover clues to where he is and why he has been chosen by Umber. Series

Cavannaugh, Nancy J. This Journal Belongs to Ratchet. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2013. Homeschooled by her mechanicenvironmentalist father, Rachel “Ratchet” Vance records her efforts to make friends, save a park, remember her mother, and find her own definition of “normal”.

Dowell, Frances, O’Roark. The Second Life of Abigail Walker. Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2012. Bullied by two mean girls in her sixth-grade class, a lonely, plump girl gains selfconfidence and makes new friends after a mysterious fox gently bites her.

Farrey, Brian. The Vengekeep Prophecies. Harper 2012. Jaxter, born into a clan of thieves, but unable to pull off a successful heist, learns his family members are supposed to be the next heroes of Vengekeep, and faces off against flaming monsters and a bazaar of thieves while trying to become a hero.

Ferraiolo, Jack D. The Big Splash. Amulet Books, 2011. Matt Stevens uncovers a mystery while working with "the organization," a mafia-like syndicate run by seventh-grader Vincent "Mr. Biggs" Biggio. When you finish, you may want to try the recently released sequel The Quick Fix.

Fleming, Candace. On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave. Schwartz & Wade, 2012. Ten ghost stories sure to send chills up your spine! Set in White Cemetery, an actual graveyard outside Chicago, each story takes place during a different time period from the 1860's to the present.


Fry, Michael. The Odd Squad. Disney Hyperion, 2013. When his school counselor insists that he needs better socialization skills after being stuffed into a locker by a bully, middle-schooler Nick finds himself joining the school's lamest club: Safety Patrol.

Gewirtz, Adina. Zebra Forest. Candlewick, 2013. Eleven-year-old Annie and her younger brother are being raised by their Gran and are surrounded by family secrets, but everything changes when an escaped criminal shows up at their house and takes them all hostage.

Hartley, A.J. Darwen Arkwright & the Insidious Bleck. Razorbill, 2012. Darwen Arkwright, along with his friends Rich and Alexandra, travels to Costa Rica, where he searches for a boy who has been kidnapped by a giant tentacled creature and uncovers a conspiracy that could ruin the world.

Gale, Eric Kahn. The Bully Book. Harper, 2013. When Eric discovers a conspiracy theory about a bully book and reveals a plan for gaining power in the school by turning everyone against one kid known as a Grunt, Eric finds himself on the trail of huge secrets.

Graff, Lisa. A Tangle of Knots. Philomel, 2013. Destiny leads 11-yearold Cady to a peanut butter factory, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever. Includes cake recipes to try out this summer!

Hannigan, Katherine. Ida B. Greenwillow Books, 2004. In Wisconsin, Ida B spends happy hours being home-schooled and playing in her family's apple orchard, until her mother begins treatment for breast cancer and her parents must sell part of the orchard and send her to public school.


Horvath, Polly. One Year in Coal Harbor. Schwartz & Wade Books, 2012. Primrose is a matchmaker for her Uncle Jack, befriends Ked, a new foster child and publishes a cook book to raise money for the Fisherman's Aid. Includes recipes. Sequel to Everything on a Waffle. ✿

Johnson, Rebecca. Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature’s Undead. Millbrook, 2013. Examines real-life accounts of zombies in nature, including a flyenslaving fungus, a suicide worm, and a cockroach-taming wasp, and more!

Korman, Gordon. Ungifted. HarperCollins, 2012. Due to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at middle school. ✿

Hughes, Shirley. Hero on a Bicycle. Candlewick Press, 2013. With the city of Florence, Italy, under heavy Nazi occupation, thirteen-year-old Paolo is confronted by the anti-Nazi movement and Paolo must figure out if he has what it takes to be a hero. A superb historical thriller!

Kadahota, Cynthia. The Thing About Luck. Atheneum Books, 2013. Just when Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving her to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.

Krumwiede, Lana. Freakling. Candlewick, 2012. A thrilling, fastpaced dystopian novel about the dangers of unchecked power and the dilemmas facing a boy torn between two ways of life.


Lake, Matt. Weird Science Mad Marvels from the Way-Out World. Sterling Children’s Books, 2012. What's WEIRD about science? How about two-headed cows, animals with ears on their knees, crop circles, frogs falling from the sky, and scientists from the planet Venus? It's all here and more!

Levy, Joe. How to Be a World Explorer. Lonely Planet, 2012. It's a wonderful world out there just waiting to be discovered, but are you ready to be an explorer? Learn how to explore the world reading this fun book!

Lublin, Nancy. Do Something: A Handbook for Young Activists. Workman, 2010. Provides resources for children who would like to make a difference, including thirty-two action plans and forty-one projects that address issues which may concern them.

Nelson, David Erik. Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred: Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make With Your Kids. No Starch Press, 2011. Wanting to spend some quality time with your child?! This is the book for you. Full of great projects that will bring out the engineer in you and your child!

Legrand, Claire. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls. Simon & Schuster, 2012. Practically-perfect Victoria Wright must lie, sneak, and break the rules when her investigation of the disappearance of her best friend, Lawrence, reveals secrets about the orphanage run by the reclusive Mrs. Cavendish. Lorenzi, Natalie Dias. Flying the Dragon. Charlesbridge, 2012. When Skye's cousin and his family move to Virginia from Japan, the cultural differences lead to misunderstandings and both children are unhappy at the changes in their lives--will flying the dragon kite finally bring them together?

MacDonald, Maryann. Odette’s Secrets. Bloomsbury, 2013. When Odette's father becomes a Nazi prisoner-of-war and the Paris police begin arresting Jews, her mother sends Odette to hide in the Catholic French countryside where she must keep many secrets to survive. Patterson James. I Funny. Little, Brown & Co., 2012. Jamie Grimm is on a mission: he wants to become the world's greatest standup comedian. He's new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie. But Jamie doesn't let his situation get him down.


Peacock, Carol Antoinette. Red Thread Sisters. Viking, 2012. Wen has spent the first eleven years of her life at an orphanage in China, and the only person she would call family is her best friend, Shu Ling. When Wen is adopted, she struggles knowing that Shu Ling remains back at the orphanage, alone. Rex, Adam. Unlucky Charms (Bk. 2 Cold Cereal Saga). Balzer & Bray 2013. Three kids must save the world from the diabolical schemes of an evil breakfast cereal company, which has been luring magical creatures to our world through a rift in the timespace continuum. Series Schlitz, Laura Amy. Splendors and Glooms. Candlewick, 2012. A brooding, Dickensian novel with a touch of fantasy and a glimmer of hope. This Newbery honor book opens in London in 1860, when lonely Clara, the only remaining child in a doctor’s grief-stricken household, is kidnapped during a puppet show.

Phillips, Helen. Here Where the Sunbeams are Green. Delacorte Press, 2012. When Madeleine and Ruby visit the supergreen rain-forest resort where their ornithologist father has been employed to find endangered species, they find him distressingly changed-and maybe contributing to a bird's extinction. Rylander, Chris. The Fourth Stall. Waldon Pond, 2011. Sixthgraders Mac and Vince operate a business charging schoolmates for protection from bullies and for help to negotiate conflicts peacefully, with amazing challenges and results. Series

Spinelli, Jerry. Hokey Pokey. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. Welcome to Hokey Pokey. A place and a time, when childhood is at its best. There are no adults in Hokey Pokey, just kids, and the laws governing Hokey Pokey are simple and finite. But when Jack, has his bike stolen the world of Hokey Pokey turns to chaos. âœż


Standiford, Natalie. The Secret Tree. Scholastic, 2012. Sixth-grader Minty and her new friend, Raymond, discover the Secret Tree, a tree with a hollow trunk that holds the secrets of the people in their neighborhood. They begin to watch their neighbors, to solve the mysteries of the secrets and to undo a curse.

Telgemeier, Raina. Drama. Graphix, 2012. In this graphic novel, Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

TenNapel, Doug. Cardboard. Graphix, 2012. Cam gets a cardboard box for a birthday present that he makes into a man which comes to life, but when his neighbor Marcus takes the cardboard box, he creates his own evil creations that threaten to destroy them all.

Turnage, Sheila. Three Times Lucky. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012. Washed ashore as a baby, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a cafe and coparent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.

Valley, Josanne La. The Vine Basket. Clarion Books, 2013. Life has been hard for Mehrigul, a member of the Uyghur tribal group scorned by the Chinese communist regime. When an American offers to buy all the baskets she can make in three weeks, Mehrigul strives for a better future for herself and her family despite her father's opposition.

Vanderpool, Clare. Navigating Early. Delacorte Press, 2013. Odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.

2013 grade 6 summer reading  

2013 Grade 6 summer reading for students entering grade 6 at HKIS Middle School.

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