New Books for 6th Graders

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Reading Levels: Grades 6+

In a complicated post-WWIV world ravaged by a fatal, incurable disease, Earth is separated into independently ruled Commonwealths, completely separated from the Lunars, a somewhat new species spawned from previous moon colonization. 

Cinder is a second-class citizen at best. She's indentured to her step-mother, and a gifted mechanic, but a cyborg.  Over 36% robotic, Cinder relies on a robotic hand, foot, nervous system, and more - to stay alive. Despite this supposed (and mostly unknown) handicap, however, Cinder is the best mechanic in New Bejing, a reputation that brings the Royal Prince himself to her door with a broken android in need of quick - and quiet - repair.

When Cinder's younger step-sister Peony catches letumosis, the fatal disease that killed Cinder's father and ravaged Earth, everything changes. Furious, Cinder's step-mother sells her cyborg ward into voluntary testing for a letumosis cure - a grim fate, until Cinder's body rejects letumosis and it is discovered that she has a natural immunity. Dr. Erland, letumosis researcher in the royal palace, begins working with Cinder to develop a cure, but their testing reveals dangerous secrets about Cinder's past. In the meantime, Cinder's repairs on the Prince's android cause it to divulge another secret - relating to the relations between the Earth and the Lunars.

When the Emperor himself succumbs to letumosis, the Lunar Queen declares that she will visit the Earth herself to comfort the Prince during his time of mourning - but with recent information Cinder has learned from the Prince's android...  it is clear the Queen's motives are anything but comforting.

In a creative, complex sci-fi retelling of the classic Cinderella story with a hint of Anastasia, Meyer creates memorable characters while simultaneously posing difficult questions - what does it mean to be human? What is the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good? When is the sequel coming out?

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Three more books are planned in the series.

Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Reading Level: Grades 5 and up

Bomb  reads like an edge-of -your- seat spy novel, but it's all true.  It tells of  the Herculean effort behind building the bomb, the desperate arms race with Germany that will decide WWII,  the heroic efforts of Norwegein resistance fighters, and  the spies determined to steal the plans for the Soviet Union.  The story of the scientific genius behind the bomb,  the politics, the military heroics, and the espionage make this a thrilling read where truth is far more exciting than fiction.

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Dark Lord, The Early Years by Jamie Thomson

Reading Level: Grades 5-7

The Dark Lord, Master of the Legions of Dread, Sorcerer Supreme and Lord of the Darklands is confused.  One moment he was leading his legions against the White Wizard Hasdruban the Pure and the next he is falling out of his world into a strange land where he is trapped in the body of a puny human.  

The stunned Dark Lord can barely talk or move, he is whisked  away in a strange screaming conveyance to a steel citadel where he is questioned by humans who, mistaking his clear answer that his name is “Dark Lord," dub him Dirk Lloyd and send him to a foster home.

Christopher Purejoie is perfectly happy as an only child.  He certainly never asked for a foster brother….especially not a crazy one.  Chris does have to admit that Dirk is funny, like when Dirk marches into 7th grade English and announces to Mrs. Batelakes, “I am the Great Lord Dirk, you may call me master!”

So who is Dirk Lloyd?  A delusional child who needs intensive psychiatric treatment? A smart-mouthed trouble maker who needs to be straightened out by Principal Grousammer?  A funny kid who disrupts classes every day? Or an exiled villian desperate to return to his powers?

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Books by Jamie Thomson

For more reading on the dark side try:

The Cloak Society by Jeremy Kraatz

The Vindico by Wesley King and

Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks

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