G06 - English - Unit 1 - Creativity: Grade 6 Suggested Reading
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol (Illustrator)
Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn't kidding about the "Forever" part . . . Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who's been dead for a century. Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya's normal life might actually be worse.
The Best We Could Do
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
In graphic novel format, Thi Bui describes her family's experiences as they immigrate to the United States from their war-torn home in Vietnam.
Boy by Roald Dahl
As full of excitement and the unexpected as his world-famous, best-selling books, Roald Dahl's tales of his own childhood are completely fascinating and fiendishly funny. Did you know that Roald Dahl nearly lost his nose in a car accident? Or that he was once a chocolate candy tester for Cadbury's? Have you heard about his involvement in the Great Mouse Plot of 1924? If not, you don't yet know all there is to know about Roald Dahl.
The Boy on the Wooden Box
The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson; Marilyn J. Harran (As told to); Elisabeth B. Leyson (As told to)
Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. With incredible luck, perseverance, and grit, Leyson was able to survive the sadism of the Nazis, including that of the demonic Amon Goeth, commandant of Plaszow, the concentration camp outside Krakow.
Brown Girl Dreaming
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world.
Chinese Cinderella : the True Story of An Unwanted Daughter
Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
This powerful memoir about a girl growing up in a wealthy but dysfunctional Chinese family during the 1940s evokes the classic fairy tale, Cinderella.
Courage to Soar
Courage to Soar by Simone Biles; Michelle Burford (As told to); Mary Lou Retton (Foreword by)
In her own words, Simone takes you through the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the 2016 Olympic team. Along the way, Simone shares the details of her inspiring personal story--one filled with the kinds of daily acts of courage that led her, and can lead you, to even the most unlikely of dreams.
The Diary of a Young Girl
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank; B. M. Mooyaart (Translator); Eleanor Roosevelt (Introduction by)
Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has become a world classic--a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.
The Diary of Ma Yan
The Diary of Ma Yan by Pierre Haski; Lisa Appignanesi (Translator); He Yanping (Translator); Ma Yan
Ma Yan's diary chronicles her struggle to escape the desperate poverty in rural China through education. But, with so little money to pay the fees, she must be persistent and resourceful.
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica--and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.
Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle; Edel Rodriguez (Illustrator)
"In this poetic memoir, Margarita Engle, the first Latina woman to receive a Newbery Honor, tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War."--Amazon
Everyday Matters by Danny Gregory
A graphic memoir of discovery, recovery, and everyday life in New York as the author describes how the lives of his family changed after an accident left his wife paralyzed from the waist down.
The Faithful Spy
The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix
Adolf Hitler's Nazi party is gaining strength and becoming more menacing every day. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor upset by the complacency of the German church toward the suffering around it, forms a breakaway church to speak out against the established political and religious authorities. When the Nazis outlaw the church, he escapes as a fugitive.
Find Me Unafraid
Find Me Unafraid by Kennedy Odede; Jessica Posner
A memoir of Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner, two young people from very different cultures who joined forces to build a life together, and run a school in Kibera, Kenya for girls.
Guts by Raina Telgemeier
Publication Date: 2019-09-17
In graphic novel form, Raina Telgemeier relates her struggles with stress and anxiety as a child.
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
"In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery -- Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents -- two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along"--
Hidden Child by Isaac Millman (Illustrator)
The author details his difficult experiences as a young Jewish child living in Nazi-occupied France during the 1940s.
The Hiding Place
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom; John Sherrill; Elizabeth Sherrill; Lonnie DuPont (Abridged by); Tim Foley (Illustrator)
An abridgement for young readers of the memoir of Corrie Ten Boom, a leader of the Dutch underground who hid scores of Jews from the Nazis during World War II.
I Am Malala
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai; Patricia McCormick (As told to)
Malala Yousafzai's describes her fight for education for girls under Taliban rule, the support she received from her parents to pursue an education, and how the Taliban retaliated against her by trying to kill her.
Inferno by Steven Hatch
Dr. Steven Hatch first came to Liberia in November 2013, to work at a hospital in Monrovia. Six months later, several of the physicians Dr. Hatch had mentored and served with were dead or barely clinging to life, and Ebola had become a world health emergency. Hundreds of victims perished each week; whole families were destroyed in a matter of days; so many died so quickly that the culturally taboo practice of cremation had to be instituted to dispose of the bodies.
Knots in My Yo-Yo String
Knots in My Yo-Yo String by Jerry Spinelli
This Italian-American Newbery Medalist presents a humorous account of his childhood and youth in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Last Night I Dreamed of Peace
Last Night I Dreamed of Peace by Dang Thuy Tram
An English translation of the diary of Dang Thuy Tram, a doctor who volunteered to serve in a Viet Cong battlefield hospital in the Quang Ngai Province during the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1970, when she was killed by American forces. Includes notes, photographs, and an introduction by Frances FitzGerald.
The Lightless Sky
The Lightless Sky by Gulwali Passarlay
Gulwali Passarlay recounts his twelve month long journey from Afghanistan to the West when, to protect her son, his mother sent him away after his father was killed.
Little Fish by Ramsey Beyer
Presents a graphic novel memoir of Ramsey Beyer following her transformation from a eighteen-year-old teenager from a small town to an independent college art student living in the city.
A Long Way Home
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
Saroo Brierley discusses his life as an adopted boy living in Tasmania and his time spent finding his birth family in India.
Lost Soul, Be At Peace
Lost Soul, Be at Peace by Maggie Thrash (Illustrator)
A graphic novel memoir depicting the author's experiences with teenage depression and how a search for her missing cat becomes a search for herself.
Mao's Last Dancer
Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
The extraordinary memoir of a peasant boy raised in rural Maoist China who was plucked from his village to study ballet and went on to become one of the greatest dancers of his generation.
March - Book One
March: Book One by John Lewis; Andrew Aydin; Nate Powell (Illustrator)
Presents in graphic novel format events from the life of Georgia congressman John Lewis, focusing on his youth in rural Alabama, his meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., and the birth of the Nashville Student Movement.
March - Book Two
March: Book Two by John Lewis; Andrew Aydin; Nate Powell (Illustrator)
A graphic novel account of some pivotal moments in the Civil Rights Movement.
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Illustrator)
Ffunny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq.
Rebound by Kwame Alexander
In the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family's past.
Revolution Is Not A Dinner Party
Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine
Starting in 1972 when she is nine years old, Ling, the daughter of two doctors, struggles to make sense of the communists' Cultural Revolution, which empties stores of food, homes of appliances deemed "bourgeois," and people of laughter.
See You In The Cosmos
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
Publication Date: 2017-02-28
"Eleven-year-old Alex Petroski, along with his dog, Carl Sagan, make big discoveries about his family on a road trip and he records it all on a golden iPod he intends to launch into space"--Provided by publisher.
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2014-08-26
Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she's also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn't seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along.
Shouting At The Rain
Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Delsie loves tracking the weather, living with her grandmother, and the support of friends and neighbors, but misses having a "regular family," especially after her best friend outgrows her.
Stitches by David Small
A graphic novel that chronicles the life of American author and illustrator David Small, detailing his sickly childhood and teenage years, his relationship with his parents, his cancer, and more.
Such a Lovely Little War
Such a Lovely Little War by Marcelino Truong; David Homel (Translator)
Publication Date: 2016-10-25
This riveting, beautifully produced graphic memoir tells the story of the early years of the Vietnam war as seen by a young boy named Marco, the son of a Vietnamese diplomat and his French wife. Visually powerful and emotionally potent, Such A Lovely Little War is both a large-scale and intimate study of the Vietnam war as seen through the eyes of the Vietnamese: a turbulent national history intertwined with an equally traumatic familial one.
Tasting the Sky
Tasting the Sky by Ibtisam Barakat
A memoir in which the author describes her childhood as a Palestinian refugee, discussing her family's experiences during and after the Six-Day War, and the freedom she felt at learning to read and write.
Tomboy by Liz Prince (Illustrator)
Eschewing female stereotypes throughout her early years and failing to gain acceptance on the boys' baseball team, Liz learns to embrace her own views on gender as she comes of age in this anecdotal graphic novel memoir.
We Should Hang Out Sometime
We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist
From Paralympic ski racer and YouTube star, Josh Sundquist, comes an always-funny (and sometimes-awkward) memoir about teenage misadventures. When I was twenty-five years old, it came to my attention that I had never had a girlfriend. At the time, I was actually under the impression that I was in a relationship, so this bit of news came as something of a shock. Why was Josh still single?
Zenobia by Morten Durr; Lars Horneman (Illustrator)
"When the Syrian war reaches Amina's village she is forced to escape, and during her perilous journey she thinks of the brave warrior Zenobia to remind her to stay strong"--Provided by publisher.