Issues for Discussion (6th
A Rat's Tale / Tor Seidler
Among the Hidden / Haddix--future
society where 3rd children are forbidden--main character is "hidden" because
he is a 3rd child
Bat 6 / Virginia Ewer Wolf?
Because of Winn-Dixie / DiCamillo
Behind the bedroom wall / Laura
Belle Teal / Ann M. Martin writes
about a poor girl who lives with her mother and grandmother. It deals with
being poor, being different, forced segregation and prejudice, senility
of the grandmother. Belle Teal is a wonderful character who will have you
cheering on the sidelines.
Bud, not Buddy / Curtis is a great
book for discussion, not only of the racial problems in the 1930's, but
present and the jazz age vs. hip hop and rap.
Clockwork / Phillip Pullman -
story of a clockmaker who put a mechanical heart into the body of a dying
prince leads to some very interesting discussions. A quick read, too.
Crash / Spinelli
Esperenza Rising / Ruan
Gathering Blue / Lois Lowry -
treatment of the handicapped; free will vs. *for the good of the society*;
questions of captivity, honesty, progress vs tradition.
Hope Was Here / Bauer
Love that Dog / Creech will make
for good discussion.
Love, Ruby Lavender / Deborah
Wiles is a new book that deals with death of a father and grandfather,
rivalry between two girls, the love a grandmother and granddaughter and
plenty of other unusual characters.
My Louisiana Sky / Holt. which
is about a girl whose mother is retarded and how she is ostracized by the
No More Dead Dogs / Korman,
Nothing But the Truth / Avi is
a great one that our 6th grade superstar uses
Petey / Mikaelsen--deals with
a high school age boy and a man who has cystic fibrosis and how they bond
Plain City / Virginia Hamilton
Reaching Dustin / Vicki Grove.
It's about a student that doesn't do well in school and is made fun of,
I believe. A girl classmate decides to find out about him and discovers
that other factors could be causing his attitudes.
Skellig / David Almond - great
discussion book about what is Skellig? home-schooling? do people have spiritual/psychic
connections? stranger danger vs. helping others, etc.
Stargirl, / Jerry Spinelli
Tangerine / Bloor
The Girls / Amy Goldman Koss.
It is a "girl" book but captures middle school ostracizing perfectly
The Last Book in the Universe
/ Rodman Philbrick,
THE MISFITS, / James Howe.
The Mouse and His Child / Hoban
The Trial of Anna Cotman / Vivien
The Wanderer / Creech
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
The Wounded Spirit / Frank Peretti
It is not very long and has such a wonderful message for all people who
have ever been bullied and made fun of by others.
Weasel / DeFelice. It has some
rather gross parts that the kids love. Great discussions about crime and
punishment, the death penalty and how Native American were moved out of
their homes. It also has a somewhat "odd" ending, and we discuss why a
writer would include that.
When Zachary Beaver came to town
/ Holt--Zachary Beaver is "the fattest boy in the world"--all about relationships
in a small town.
Whirligig / Fleishman
Wringer / Jerry Spinelli
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