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What were your favorite books in sixth grade?

Asked by jdegrazia (266points) June 26th, 2009

Did you read them for school or on your own? And why did you love them? (My sister is designing a sixth grade language arts curriculum for a startup independent school, and she wants all the ideas she can get.)

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irocktheworld's avatar

I loved alot of books like…
Diary of a Wimpy kid,Swindle,Skeleton Creek,the Twilight series,Harry Potter series,loves me loves me not,wayside school books,hole,and more! I still remember what every one of them were about ;)

RedPowerLady's avatar

I remember very specifically a set of books I thoroughly enjoyed in sixth grade. I read these on my own. It was a fantasy series. I say sixth grade is perfect for fantasy. Now it has been so long I don’t have the name of it anymore. It was about a princess who lives with and serves a dragon. The dragon is a woman but called ‘king’.

I also enjoyed a mandated book. It was about how a teacher randomly assigned children to be a different color (not skin color but you know primary color). And that color was associated with a status. The high status kids got to boss the low ones around. The moral behind the story was great but it was also just a fun read.

The Outsiders is also a great book for this population and I remember that as well.

I think Twilight right now is a big one. But I’m not sure how appropriate it is for school.

We also loved “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”. And other cultural education books that were actually written by people of that culture.

I also really enjoyed the Roald Dahl books but I can’t quite remember how old I was when I read them. I think a bit younger.

justn's avatar

I enjoyed Holes, the Artemis Fowl series, The Westing Game, almost any book by Gordon Korman like Everest, Island, etc. I’m sure there are many others, I just can’t remember right now.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

Any science fiction my mom could get her hands on. There also used to be a magazine called, Omnii which was really great and a little bump up from my comic books.

CMaz's avatar

It was a book about what the future would be like. Rocket shaped silver cars, riding on a steel road that powered the vehicles.
Skyscrapers that reach into space and colonies on the moon. It was a very visual book, with models and reading it gave such a sense of matter of fact
Was expected to be like that around 1999 or so.

DominicX's avatar

I was in 6th grade from 2002–2003. Back then (and all throughout middle school) I was really interested
in reading dramas about kids my age. And of course mysteries. I don’t really remember which ones I read in 6th, 7th, or 8th that well, but they’re all kind of similar. I remember reading “Holes” by Louis Sachar, “Crash” by Jerry Spinelli, “Hoot” by Carl Hiaasen, “Stephen Fair” by Tim Wynne-Jones, “The Boy in the Burning House” by Tim Wynne-Jones, “Walk Two Moons” by Sharon Creech, “The Outsiders” by S. E. Hinton, “Wringer” by Jerry Spinelli, “Blackbriar” by William Sleator, “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury, “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card, “Hush” by Jacqueline Woodson, “Locked in Time” by Lois Duncan, “Down a Dark Hall” by Lois Duncan, “They Never Came Home” by Lois Duncan, “Artemis Fowl” by Eoin Colfer, “Island” by Gordon Korman, “For Mike” by Shelley Sykes, “The Ghosts of Rathburn Park” by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry (thanks for reminding me), and many more….

I read all of those on my own except for “The Outsiders” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes”, which were assigned. “Walk Two Moons” was assigned after I had already read it. They’re all great, along with the others I mentioned.

(All the books I mentioned could have been found at my middle school’s library).

MacBean's avatar

I’m probably not the best person to answer this. In sixth grade, I was really into Stephen King. That was also right about when I started getting into true crime stuff, so I read a lot about serial killers and things like that. Books that I remember re-reading often around that time include To Kill A Mockingbird, 1984, and The Giver. I think the only one of those that even approaches age-appropriate is The Giver.

Pcrecords's avatar

Matilda by Roald Dahl… Just about anything by Roald Dahl actually. I forget the rest.

justn's avatar

@MacBean I read The Giver in 8th grade, that was a pretty creepy book.

mangeons's avatar

From 4th grade to now, my favorite books has always been The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer, but depending on her kids’ level of reading, it could be a little advanced… I was really advanced in reading for my age, and I don’t know how well the level she teaches reads. Good luck!

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

The Hatchet, Goosebumps, Animorphs, Lord of the Flies.

peyton_farquhar's avatar

JK Rowling
Louis Sachar
J. R. R. Tolkein
Jules Verne
Robert Louis Stevenson
T. H. White

As part of my sixth grade curriculum, we read Animal Farm, Treasure Island, The Hobbit, and The Endless Steppe (about an exiled Russian-Jewish family in Siberia—I can’t remember the author’s name).

mangeons's avatar

We read The Endless Steppe in 8th grade, the author’s name is Esther Hautzig. It was a pretty good book. We read The Hobbit in 7th grade, and we never read Animal Farm or Treasure Island, at least not yet.

hearkat's avatar

In Middle School, I loved the S.E. Hinton books, and Madeline L’Engle’s books, too.

@Pcrecords: Oh, yeah – Roald Dahl was a favorite when I was about 12, too!

blondie411's avatar

I’ve read so many books that I read in elementary school again in middle and then even in high school or college so it blurs.

Number of the Stars, I believe I read this in 6th grade
Pinballs

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sakura's avatar

Roald Dahl, The Secret Garden, The Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett) Point Horror books, Magic Faraway Tree, Naughty Amelia Jane in fact ny book by Enid Blyton! I loved reading anything really

melover139's avatar

the night my sister went missing

Clair's avatar

The only ones I really remember were Goosebumps and The Phantom Tollbooth.
I remember my mom bought me The Phantom Tollbooth and I read it over and over.
I saw it a store about a year, bought it and read it again. Those magical stories really don’t get old and they’re always educational.

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Bri_L's avatar

The Chronicles of Narnia hands down!!!

Gundark's avatar

I read well over 100 books during the nine months I was in sixth grade—we had a reading contest and kept track that year. Most of the books I can’t remember—it was several decades ago. But I still remember a few of the ones I enjoyed the most; the entire series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Chronicles of Narnia, and any Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew books I could get my hands on!

Darwin's avatar

I read a huge amount on my own in sixth grade, including most of Robert Heinlein’s early books such as The Puppet Masters and Have Space Suit Will Travel, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, anything written by Isaac Asimov, all of Marguerite Henry’s books, Black Beauty, Albert Payson Terhune (Lad a Dog and many others), Susan Coopers Dark Is Rising series, The Hobbit, all of Arthur Ransome starting with Swallows and Amazons, all of Manning Coles mysteries (Drink to Yesterday, A Toast to Tomorrow, Green Hazard, Without Lawful Authority, They Tell No Tales, The Basle Express and so on), most of Agatha Christie, police procedurals such as Dell Shannon’s Luis Mendoza series and John Creasy’s Gideon series, all of the Alfred Hitchcock short story collections, and H.P. Lovecraft.

I was also interested in World War II and the two books that most impressed me were John Hersey’s Hiroshima and William L. Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. I also tried reading Mein Kampf that year and decided that Hitler had had no future as an author.

In addition, that was the year that I discovered Jacques Cousteau and read his books and those of R. Tucker Abbot (a malacologist who wrote field guides to North American marine mollusks).

Many of the other books cited above I read before 6th grade, if they had been published by then.

I really don’t remember if any books were assigned to us to read for class. We were still doing the SRA reading program I know, and we often were assigned to watch particular televisions shows (since we had no television that made things difficult). Possibly we had to read The Red Badge of Courage and we may have read To Kill a Mockingbird.

Clair's avatar

I do remember reading Mein Kampf. Kind of freaked my mom out. But I was very interested in wars and mayhem.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I was reading stuff like Wifey and The Dead Zone by 6th grade. I’d started to read that Dollenganger series, but after the 2nd one, I figured every book was going to have some weird brother-sister incest angle and I thought, “BLEAH!.

I also read Animal Farm, but was obviously not sophisticated enough to pick up on the political nuances and digs on the post-war failings of European communism and socialism, though I realized it was a fable about different sorts of people and power.

I was also starting to read the “simpler” Shakespeare plays, like A Midsummer Night’s Dream. My favorite at the time was probably Judy Blume’s Forever.

Nially_Bob's avatar

My favourite book? If memory recalls correctly by sixth grade I had read approximately 6 or 7 ‘real’ books. Nonetheless, “Of Mice and Men” remains one of my favourites so I would suggest that.

Zaku's avatar

Enforced reading:
Where the Sidewalk Ends – very amusing and varied poetry from a kid’s perspective – as good a bet as any for getting a kid to relate to and enjoy poetry – much better than mandatory haiku composition.
The Red Badge of Courage – One of the most compelling history books I read for school – gave a great picture of the experience of going to war – good for ACW history and the horror of the psychological experience of real war and violence in general.
James and the Giant Peach (I think they read this to us in 5th grade) – a great fantasy story that struck a chord with my daydreaming escapist imagination.
Macbeth by Shakespeare – A good intro to Shakespeare because of the witches, curses, violence, ghosts, murder, etc. – makes is accessible, especially armed in advance with the promise of what to expect.

Reading by myself:
The history of the Second World War series by Trevor Nevitt Dupuy. A thorough but accessible military history broken up into small manageable books and full of good maps, tables, and photos. I actually read this in 3rd and 4th grade, and when the high school history class asked us in 4th grade what we knew about the second world war, it was clear I knew more than the students, and when I got to the same class in high school, it was clear I knew more than the teacher just from these books, at least from a military perspective.
All Quiet on the Western Front by Remarque – another great “experience of war” book, but about World War One and with much more scope and more characters, and presenting the German experience and culture. And, World War One trench warfare is a great example of war transforming the planet and the experience of life, the waste and futility of war, etc.
Starship Troopers by Heinlein – A great military sci fi classic with an interesting view of the future of warfare (the films are atrocious crap by comparison) and technology, and what it might be like to be at war with alien races. Good for views of what world society might be like in the future, or just the concept that world society could evolve in many ways. A bit on the gung ho right-wing side, though.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams – Great hilarious sci fi adventure and parody with interesting cosmological and other commentaries and humor.
The Hobbit by Tolkien. A one-tome fantasy vision which is actually quite a bit different from the Lord of the Rings in flavor. More adventure and experience of the fantasy world, and less fighting, sorcery, and good versus evil.

mangeons's avatar

@Zaku Lurve for Where the Sidewalk Ends. (:

Bri_L's avatar

@Zaku – Big time lurve for Hitchhikers Guide! I am one of the few people in the world who just doesn’t get where the sidewalk ends. That guy creeps me out.

MacBean's avatar

@Bri_LI am one of the few people in the world who just doesn’t get where the sidewalk ends. That guy creeps me out.

Then I think you do get it. You just don’t like it. XD

Bri_L's avatar

@MacBean – haha to true!

irocktheworld's avatar

I used to read Judy Blume books such as..
Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing
Fudge-a-mania
Double Fudge
Super Fudge
I can’t remember any more..=P

sakura's avatar

Judy Bloom fabulous! Are you there God it’s me Margret and Amber – AWSOME!

Bri_L's avatar

@irocktheworld – lurve for judi blume! I used to have a crush on ramona

irocktheworld's avatar

@sakura Yeah!! She is rocks as an author!!
@Bri_L lol ramona rocked! :P

cyn's avatar

AUTHORS: Mark Twain
Jerry Spinelli
Roald Dahl
Wendelin Van Draanen
Andrew Clements
Cythia Lord
E.B. White
Sharon Creech
Judy Blume
Margaret Haddix
Jeff Kinney

more books or this or more

mangeons's avatar

Mark Twain, Roald Dahl, Andrew Clements, and Judy Blume are all awesome authors.

cyn's avatar

@mangeons Many books from these authors are very amazing. No words to describe…

TheLastOfTheFamous's avatar

I was 6th grade just a few years ago. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas is the main book I remember reading. I fell in love with that book.

Nially_Bob's avatar

@TheLastOfTheFamous I have never read ‘The Three Musketeers’ but have planned to for some time. Welcome to Fluther :)

TheLastOfTheFamous's avatar

@Nially Bob

Thank you. I highly recommend it. It was one of those books that just turned me onto reading. I ended up reading all the sequels and The Count of Monte Cristo, any Dumas book I could find. Some of the French terms throw you off but it still remains one of my favorites.

Darwin's avatar

@TheLastOfTheFamous – The Count of Monte Cristo was one of my favorites, also. If you like Dumas you might look for books by Rafael Sabatini. My favorites were Scaramouche and Captain Blood.

Zen's avatar

Birdy, Hardy Boys and Tom Swift and all of Jerzy Kosinski’s novels. Also Asimov and Heinlein.

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