Grade 6 Summer Reading

Our summer reading list is created to inspire you to read.

Grade 6 students are required to choose two books from the selections listed below. Come to your first Language and Literature class in September prepared to complete an assignment on one of the books you chose from this list. New international students may opt to read just one book from the list, if appropriate to their language level.

Please take a look at our Grade 6 Summer Reading list below and head to the public library, search the family bookshelf, or browse your favourite bookstore for these fabulous stories.

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Fish in a Tree Fish in a Tree by L.M. Hunt
Ally is a grade 6 girl who has mastered all sorts of coping skills to disguise her inability to read. Her life begins to change when her new teacher, Mr. Daniels, recognizes that she is a bright girl struggling with an undiagnosed learning disability. The novel supports discussions of stereotyping, discrimination, and bullying.
caring, open-minded
The One and Only Ivan The One and Only Ivan by K. Applegate
Inspired by a true story, this is the beautifully written tale of how a mighty gorilla, Ivan, wins freedom for both himself and a baby elephant called Ruby. Told from the perspective of Ivan, this novel has an important message for readers about the plight of animals in captivity.
principled, thinker, caring
Out of My Mind Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
Melody is a brilliant fifth grader with a photographic memory and all the usual feelings of girls her age, trapped inside a body with cerebral palsy, leaving her unable to move, care for herself or communicate much of what she is feeling.
Save Me a Seat Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they're both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL. Joe's lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own. Ravi's family just moved to America from India, and he's finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in. Joe and Ravi don't think they have anything in common—but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week.
Schooled Schooled by Gordon Korman
Capricorn Anderson has grown up on a "hippie" farm where he has been home-schooled by his grandmother, Rain. He has had very little social contact and is naive. When his grandmother needs to be hospitalized, Cap lives with a social worker and her daughter and gets sent to high school. He is immediately pegged as a loser because of his long hair, tie-dyed clothing and home made sandals.
principled, open-minded
Stargirl Stargirl by J. Spinelli
When a new student, Stargirl, arrives at a conservative Arizona high school, her eccentric appearance and personality shakes the student body and causes confusion. Should she conform in order to be accepted?
principled, open-minded
When Friendship Followed Me Home When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin
A boy's chance encounter with a scruffy dog leads to an unforgettable friendship in this deeply moving story about life, loss, and the meaning of family. Ben Coffin has never felt like he fits in. A former foster kid, he keeps his head down at school to avoid bullies and spends his afternoons reading sci-fi books at the library. But that all changes when he finds a scruffy abandoned dog named Flip and befriends the librarian’s daughter, Halley. For the first time, Ben starts to feel like he belongs in his own life. Then, everything changes, and suddenly, Ben is more alone than ever. But with a little help from Halley’s magician father, Ben discovers his place in the world and learns to see his own magic through others' eyes.
caring, open-minded
Wonder Wonder by RJ Palacio
This is the story of August Pullman who was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. He wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face.
caring, open-minded