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6th Grade Summer Reading 2023

6th Grade-Required Reading–Pick one


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Bud, Not Buddy  by Christopher Paul Curtis


  It’s 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Times may be hard, and ten-year-old Bud may
  be a motherless boy on the run, but Bud’s got a few things going for him:

1. He has his own suitcase full of special things.

2. He’s the author of Bud Caldwell’s Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself.

3. His momma never told him who his father was, but she left a clue: flyers advertising Herman E. Calloway and his famous band, the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!

Bud’s got an idea that those flyers will lead him to his father. Once he decides to hit the road to find this mystery man, nothing can stop him—not hunger, not fear, not vampires, not even Herman E. Calloway himself.


Read Aloud and Follow Along: Bud, Not Buddy - YouTube

Also available in Sora (text and audio) and at the Chattanooga Public Library

Available from$6.49 or your local Barnes and Noble or other bookstores

Resources for this book on TeachingBooks

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    Anything But Typical   by Nora Raleigh Baskin

 Jason Blake is an autistic twelve-year-old living in a neurotypical     world. Most days it's just a matter of time before something goes wrong. But Jason finds a glimmer of understanding when he comes across PhoenixBird, who posts stories to the same online site as he does.

Jason can be himself when he writes and he thinks that Phoenix Bird-her name is Rebecca-could be his first real friend. But as desperate as Jason is to meet her, he's terrified that if they do meet, Rebecca will only see his autism and not who Jason really is.

By acclaimed writer Nora Raleigh Baskin, this is the breathtaking depiction of an autistic boy's struggles-and a story for anyone who has ever worried about fitting in.

Available in Sora (text) and at the Chattanooga Public Library

Free audiobook at Anything but Typical - YouTube

Available from$8.99 or your local Barnes and Noble or other bookstores

Resources for this book on TeachingBooks

“Your choice” here are some recommended titles or choose your own!

  • Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson *(Mrs. Work's favorite!)
  • How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  • Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
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