New Books for 6th Graders

Rhyme Schemer by K. A. Holt

Reading Level: ages 10 - 14

In this novel in verse, Kevin, who feel he's "king of seventh grade" enjoys being a bully at school.  Home is a different matter.  His physician parents are too busy to pay attention to their five sons.  Kevin is himself bullied by his next oldest brother.  When one of the school victims finds a notebook of poetry that Kevin has written, he uses the discovery to humiliate and bully Kevin in turn.

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The Devil's Intern by Donna Hosie

Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8

Mitchell inexplicably stepped in front of a bus when he was 17 and wound up in Hell. Hell isn't as bad as it is hyped up to be though. Only truly evil souls wind up suffering eternal torment, for everyone else Hell is mostly a hot, crowded and tedious version of life. Because his only sin was stepping in front of that bus Mitchell gets a job assisting The Devil's right hand devil. That is where he learns about a device called a Viciseometer which can not only get him out of Hell, but let him travel through time. With the help of his friends, a girl from the 1960s, a Viking prince and a girl who died in the Great Fire of London, he hatches a plan to steal the Viciseometer and change all of their fates. Perhaps they can even prevent their untimely deaths from happening.

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Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett

Reading Level: Ages 4 and up

Sam and Dave decide they are going to dig a hole until they find something spectacular in this clever book chock full of dry humor.

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