CRRL Teens: Reading Matters for 6th Grade 2012

A Long Walk To Water
A Long Walk To Water Based On A True Story By Park, Linda Sue Paperback - 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old 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.

Amelia Lost
Amelia Lost The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart By Fleming, Candace Book - 2011 921 Earha Available in some locations

Annotation:Tells the story of Amelia Earhart's life - as a child, a woman, and a pilot - and describes the search for her missing plane.

Big Nate
Big Nate In A Class by Himself By Peirce, Lincoln Book - 2012 FICTION Pei Available in some locations

Annotation:Supremely confident middle school student Nate Wright manages to make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement. First in a series.

Breaking Stalin's Nose
Breaking Stalin's Nose By Yelchin, Eugene Book - 2011 FICTION Yel Available in some locations

Annotation:In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.

Extra Credit
Extra Credit By Clements, Andrew Book - 2009 FICTION Cle Available in some locations

Annotation:As letters flow back and forth--between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of Afghanistan, across cultural and religious divides--Abby, Amira, and Sadeed begin to speak and listen to each other.

Fablehaven By Mull, Brandon Paperback - 2007 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming. First of a series.

Finding Family
Finding Family By Bolden, Tonya Book - 2010 FICTION Bol Available in some locations

Annotation:Raised in Charleston, West Virginia, at the turn of the twentieth century by her grandfather and aunt on off-putting tales of family members she has never met, twelve-year-old Delana is shocked when, after Aunt Tilley dies, she learns the truth about her parents and some of her other relatives.

Found By Haddix, Margaret Peterson Paperback - 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:When Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane full of babies with no adults on board, that appeared out of nowhere, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time. First of a series.

Guys Read
Guys Read Funny Business Book - 2010 FICTION Guy Available in some locations

Annotation:"Funny Business is based around the theme of--what else?--humor, and if you're familiar with Jon and Guys Read, you already know what you're in store for: ten hilarious stories from some of the funniest writers around. Before you're through, you'll meet a teenage mummy; a kid desperate to take a dip in the world's largest pool of chocolate milk; a homicidal turkey; parents who hand over their son's room to a biker; the only kid in his middle school who hasn't turned into a vampire, wizard, or superhero; and more." Part of a series.

How Lamar's Bad Prank Won A Bubba-sized Trophy
How Lamar's Bad Prank Won A Bubba-sized Trophy By Allen, Crystal Book - 2011 FICTION All Available in some locations

Annotation:When bowling obsessed Lamar Washington finds out that his bowling idol is coming to town he finds himself involved in some unsavory activities as he tries to change his image to impress people.

How To Survive Middle School
How To Survive Middle School By Gephart, Donna Paperback - 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:When thirteen-year-old David Greenberg's best friend makes the start of middle school even worse than he feared it could be, David becomes friends with Sophie, who shares his love of television shows and posts one of their skits on YouTube, making them wildly popular--online, at least.

Inside Out & Back Again
Inside Out & Back Again By Lai, Thanhha Book - 2011 FICTION Lai Available in some locations

Annotation:Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

Lawn Boy
Lawn Boy By Paulsen, Gary Paperback - 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:One day I was 12 years old and broke. Then Grandma gave me Grandpa's old riding lawnmower. I set out to mow some lawns. More people wanted me to mow their lawns. And more and more. . . . One client was Arnold the stockbroker, who offered to teach me about "the beauty of capitalism. Supply and Demand. Diversify labor. Distribute the wealth." "Wealth?" I said. "It's groovy, man," said Arnold. If I'd known what was coming, I might have climbed on my mower and putted all the way home to hide in my room. But the lawn business grew and grew. So did my profits, which Arnold invested in many things. And one of them was Joey Pow the prizefighter. That's when my 12th summer got really interesting. First of a series.

Liar, Liar
Liar, Liar The Theory, Practice And Destructive Properties Of Deception By Paulsen, Gary Paperback - 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Kevin doesn't mean to make trouble when he lies. He's just really good at it, and it makes life so much easier. But as his lies pile up, he finds himself in big--and funny--trouble with his friends, family, and teachers. He's got to find a way to end his lying streak--forever. First of a series.

One Crazy Summer
One Crazy Summer By Williams-Garcia, Rita Paperback - 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

Reckless By Funke, Cornelia Caroline Book - 2010 FICTION Fun Available in some locations

Annotation:For years, Jacob Reckless has been escaping to another world--a world behind the mirror, where witches haunt the forests and fairies and dwarfs roam. A world for treasure hunts and magnificent quests--but also a world locked in a deadly war. Jacob's secret seems safe, until one day his younger brother Will follows him, to disastrous consequence. Faced with a curse that is quickly turning Will to stone, the Reckless brothers are thrust into a race against time to find a cure before one of them is lost forever.

Scat By Hiaasen, Carl Paperback - 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, is missing. She disappeared after a school field trip to Black Vine Swamp. And, to be honest, the kids in her class are relieved. But when the principal tries to tell the students that Mrs. Starch has been called away on a "family emergency," Nick and Marta just don't buy it. No, they figure the class delinquent, Smoke, has something to do with her disappearance. And he does! But not in the way they think. There's a lot more going on in Black Vine Swamp than any one player in this twisted tale can see. And Nick and Marta will have to reckon with an eccentric eco-avenger, a stuffed rat named Chelsea, a wannabe Texas oilman, a singing substitute teacher, and a ticked-off Florida panther before they really begin to see the big picture. That's life in the swamp, kids.

Science Fair
Science Fair A Story of Mystery, Danger, International Suspense, and A Very Nervous Frog By Barry, Dave Book - 2008 FICTION Bar Available in some locations

Annotation:The president of a foreign country is plotting to infiltrate the science fair at Hubble Middle School in order to take over the United States government, but when Toby Harbinger, an ordinary student, makes up his mind finally to win the fair, the terrorists' plans go awry.

Team Moon
Team Moon How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon By Thimmesh, Catherine Book - 2006 629.454 Th Available in some locations

Annotation:"Here is a rare perspective on a story we only thought we knew. For Apollo 11, the first moon landing, is a story that belongs to many, not just the few and famous. It belongs to the seamstress who put together twenty-two layers of fabric for each space suit. To the engineers who created a special heat shield to protect the capsule during its fiery reentry. It belongs to the flight directors, camera designers, software experts, suit testers, telescope crew, aerospace technicians, photo developers, engineers, and navigators. Gathering direct quotes from some of these folks who worked behind the scenes, Catherine Thimmesh reveals their very human worries and concerns. Culling NASA transcripts, national archives, and stunning NASA photos from Apollo 11, she captures not only the sheer magnitude of this feat but also the dedication, ingenuity, and perseverance of the greatest team ever-the team that worked to first put man on that great gray rock in the sky."

The Absolute Value of Mike
The Absolute Value of Mike By Erskine, Kathryn Book - 2011 FICTION Ers Available in some locations

Annotation:Mike, whose father is a brilliant mathematician but who has no math aptitude himself, spends the summer in rural Pennsylvania with his elderly and eccentric relatives Moo and Poppy, helping the townspeople raise money to adopt a Romanian orphan.

The Call
The Call By Grant, Michael Book - 2010 FICTION Gra Available in some locations

Annotation:A seemingly average twelve-year-old learns that he is destined to gather a team of similarly gifted children to try to save the world from a nameless evil, which is threatening to reappear after having been imprisoned for three thousand years. First of a series.

The Evolution Of Calpurnia Tate
The Evolution Of Calpurnia Tate By Kelly, Jacqueline Paperback - 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.

The Lost Hero
The Lost Hero By Riordan, Rick Book - 2010 FICTION Rio Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 12 copies

Annotation:Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for "bad kids," find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself. First of a series.

The Mighty Miss Malone
The Mighty Miss Malone By Curtis, Christopher Paul Book - 2012 FICTION Cur Available in some locations

Annotation:With love and determination befitting "the world's greatest family," Deza Malone, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression.

The Mysterious Howling
The Mysterious Howling By Wood, Maryrose Paperback - 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner quickly, in preparation for a Christmas ball. First of a series.

The Porcupine Year
The Porcupine Year By Erdrich, Louise Book - 2008 FICTION Erd Available in some locations

Annotation:Here follows the story of a most extraordinary year in the life of an Ojibwe family and of a girl named "Omakayas," or Little Frog, who lived a year of flight and adventure, pain and joy, in 1852. When Omakayas is twelve winters old, she and her family set off on a harrowing journey. They travel by canoe westward from the shores of Lake Superior along the rivers of northern Minnesota, in search of a new home. While the family has prepared well, unexpected danger, enemies, and hardships will push them to the brink of survival. Omakayas continues to learn from the land and the spirits around her, and she discovers that no matter where she is, or how she is living, she has the one thing she needs to carry her through. Part of a series.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda By Angleberger, Tom Book - 2010 FICTION Ang Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 37 copies

Annotation:"In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren't strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight's classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless." Part of a series.

Theodore Boone
Theodore Boone The Abduction By Grisham, John Book - 2011 FICTION Gri Available in some locations

Annotation:When his best friend disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, thirteen-year-old Theo uses his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April. Pat of a series.

True (--sort Of)
True (--sort Of) By Hannigan, Katherine Book - 2011 FICTION Han Available in some locations

Annotation:For most of her eleven years, Delly has been in trouble without knowing why, until her little brother, R.B., and a strange, silent new friend, Ferris, help her find a way to be good--and happy--again.

Wild Things
Wild Things By Carmichael, Clay Paperback - 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:A headstrong girl. A stray cat. A wild boy. A man who plays with fire. Eleven-year-old Zoe trusts no one. Stubborn, self-reliant, Zoe, recently orphaned, moves to the country to live with her prickly half-uncle, a famous doctor and sculptor, and together they learn about trust and the strength of family.

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