New Books for 6th Graders

Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn

Reading Level: Ages 12 and up

Combining murder mystery, historical fiction, and a coming-of-age story, this chilling book is base on real life events in the author's past.  The time is 1956 and Nora anticipates spending a the summer  before her senior year with her group of friends.  But two of her friends are shot to death on their way to the last day of school.  Everyone but Nora is sure that the murderer is a jealous ex-boyfriend. Told from a number of perspectives, the story examines the effect this horrible event had on so many lives.

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Books by Mary Downing Hahn

Another story of a shooting is

Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser

Buried Alive! How 33 Miners Survived 69 Days Deep Under the Chilean Desert by Elaine Scott

Reading Level: 5-8

Imagine that you are trapped way down in the earth in stifling heat with little light, air, food or water.  Imagine that for the first 17 days you don't even know if anyone is searching for you.  These are the personal stories of the trapped miners, their loved ones, and their rescuers.  Throughout the books are photos of the families, the rescue equipment, and amazing pictures of the men while they are trapped deep within the earth.

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Another book about the miners is

Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners From 2,000 feet Below the Chilean Desert

 

Fake Mustache Or, How Jodie O'Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from A Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind by Tom Angleberger

Reading Level: Grades 3-6

Lenny is pitchforked into a death defying race to save the world when best friend Casper purchases  the Heidelberg Handlebar Number Seven mustache.

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Books by Tom Angleberger

Other crazy adventures include:

Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson

We Are Not Eaten by Yaks by C. Alexander London and

The Brain Finds a Leg by Martin Chatteton

 

 

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