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Summer Reading 2019 Entering 6th Grade

Princeton Public Schools - Summer Reading Recommendations 2019

Students Entering Sixth Grade


At John Witherspoon Middle School, our readers benefit from the variety of fiction and nonfiction titles we offer during Reading Workshop in our English classes.  As we believe in and stress the importance of reading beyond the school year, we will be offering a few suggested titles that are developmentally appropriate for all of our students who share varied ability levels, learning styles and interests.

As a result, we are offering twelve fiction and twelve nonfiction suggested titles at each grade level in our middle school as a reflective example of what students will find in each classroom library.  In September, students should bring a copy of one of the texts read over the summer and expect to answer a variety of reader-response questions regarding their summer choices during the first full week of school.  If the text selected for use in class is not on this list, it may be brought to class if it is of comparable merit and the student has a parent's or guardian's permission.

Fiction Selections

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand

Delilah Dirk & The Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Game Changers by Mike Lupica

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

Nonfiction Selections

Alexander the Great: Master of the Ancient World by Doug Wilheim

Claudette Colvin: Towards Justice by Phillip M. Hoose

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix

The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery

Hazardous Tales: Alamo All-Stars by Nathan Hale

Knots in My Yo-Yo String by Jerry Spinelli

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

Saved by the Boats by Julie Gassman

Scientists in the Field by Pamela S. Turner

The Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery

This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce

& Debbie Levy

Women Who Changed the World by Laurie Calkhovem

Princeton Public Schools

Extended Summer Reading List 2019

Entering Sixth Grade

Did you read through the whole list and need more suggestions?!?  Below are a few of our book award winners and favorite lists of book recommendations created by others.  While perusing the lists, bear in mind that most of the lists include books that are appropriate for middle school reading levels but may contain content that is not be appropriate for middle school students.


Amelia Bloomer Book List feminist themes

American Indian Youth Literature Award - books by and about Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature promoting Asian American cultures and heritages

Batchelder Award books originally published in another country and also translated to English

Book Riot's 50 Must Read Middle Grade Graphic Novels

Charlotte Huck Award - National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)'s award for fiction

Charlotte Zolotow Award best picture book text

Children's Choice Awards and Children's Choices Reading List chosen for kids by kids

Coretta Scott King Award African American culture and universal human values

Global Read-Aloud (Fall 2019)

Jane Addams Children's Book Award - peace, social justice, global community and equity books

I Read This Book

Manga for Middle Schoolers

Mathical Award Winners - books with a mathematical theme

LGBTQ Inclusive

NSTA's Outstanding Trade Books in Science

Newbery Award distinguished contributions to children's literature (usually middle grade fiction)

New York Public Library's Best Books for Children Lists

New York Times 2018 Notable Children's Books

Orbis Pictus Award National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)’s award for non-fiction

PPL Suggestions for Teens

Pura Belpre Award celebrating the Latinx experience

Schneider Family Book Award artistic representation of the disability experience

Scott O'Dell Award historical fiction

Sibert Informational Book Award distinguished non-fiction

Stonewall Award GLBT books

We are KidLit Summer Reading List