Friday, December 31, 2010

Recommended reading for Grade 6

At the end of Year 6 students write small entries for their Year Book. One part of this is to list the ‘best book I’ve ever read’. In 2010 this list surprised me and made me very happy. This group did not appear to be great readers but their collective list of recommended titles is very exciting and would make a great starting point for any future Year 6 student looking for a great read. Many of these titles were reviewed in this blog which could mean some students actually read my blog (wonderful) or some students talked to me and asked for recommendations (my favourite thing) or some students listened when books were recommended to the whole class!
I put the image of Blueback here becuase it is one many had enjoyed as a class read-a-loud and it is a famous Australian book and I am writing this blog entry on a warm summer day.

  • Here is a list of the series they enjoyed :
    Conspiracy 365
    A series of Unfortunate events
    Deltora Quest
    Main Street
    Harry Potter
    Darren Shan
    Midnight Library
    Alex Rider
    Zac Power
    Sisters Grimm
    Spiderwick chronicles

Here is a list of individual titles :

  • Tussock by Elizabeth Pulford
    Locket of Dreams by Belinda Murrell
    Alice Miranda at school by Jacqueline Harvey
    Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz
    Why I hate School
    Unfinished Angel
    Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin (Young reader edition)
    The Billionaires Curse
    Little Secrets by Emily Blake
    Eragon by Christopher Paolini
    Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson
    Sticky Beak by Morris Gleitzman
    No Tears by Krista Bell
    Ramose in exile by Carole Wilkinson
    Marley and Me
    Just Annoying by Andy Griffiths
    Robe of Skulls by Vivian French
    The donkey who sailed the world by Jackie French
    Percy Jackson and the lightning thief
    No talking by Andrew Clements
    Cicada Summer
    Blueback by Tim Winton
    Frankel Mouse by Odo Hirsch
    Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman
  • Lord of the rings by JRR Tolkein
    Medici Curse
    Nightmare Academy by Dean Lorey
    Closing out by Pat Flynn
    Where the mountain meets the moon

Hope you find a title or two on this list you would like to read - remember they are all available in your school library....


Anonymous said...

Hi I've been asked to give a list of books to have at the house of an18 year old for whom English is a second language and who is reading at a sixth grade level. He likes Roald Dahl. Any ideas where to start?

Momo said...

Hi there it is amazing that you have found my blog and asked a question but I do not feel at all qualified to help you. At 18 this person is really an adult. ESL is very tricky. Idoms abound in the English language. I cannot imagine how much of Dahl they understand. Reading at a Grade six level is very good but you need to look at comprehension. Books with very realistic plots might be better than fantasy (Dahl) or humour. Are you in Australia or USA or ???