New Books for 6th Graders

Somewhere There is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust by Michael Gruenbaum, Todd Hasak-Lowy

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 8

This book was 70 years in the making.  It is the story of Michael Gruenbaum and his family, Jews who lived in Prague in 1939 when the Nazis marched in.  Written by gifted writer, Todd Hasak-Lowry, it chronicles life for 10- year-old Michael under the Nazis and the family's relocation to Terezin.  Told in the first person by a young Michael, it speaks volumes about courage, determination, and humanity.

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The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black, Cassandra Clare

Reading Level: Grades 4-6

Despite his best attempts NOT to attend the Magisterium, Callum has managed to complete his first year and acquire a pet, Havoc a Chaos-ridden wolf.  Call tries to enjoy his summer at home with his father but finds it difficult because 1) His father hates the Magisterium; 2) His father despises Havoc and 3) His father seems to be afraid of Call.  When Call uncovers his father's plan to kill both Call and Havoc, Call flees back to the Magisterium.  He isn't happy or safe there either because Call knows a secret about himself.  A secret that will probably end in the death of Call or his best friend.

Be sure to read book #1 in the Magisterium series The Iron Trial.

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Stories set in schools of magic include:

Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones

The Hound of Rowan by Henry Neff

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and

Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

Escape to the World's Fair by Wendy McClure

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 7

The orphans are on the run again in this third book of the Wanderville series.  Their dream is to make a permanent, safe home in California, but how will they get there?  Fortune brings them a chance to earn a huge reward that would finance their journey if they can deliver a strange medallion to someone at the 1904 World's Fair in St.Louis.  Can they make the trip without being found by the evil Miss DeHaven from the Children's Aid Society?  Will everyone stay together in the new "family" they have found?  Who can they trust?  McClure has written another fast paced page turner.

Meet author Wendy McClure at the library on January 9th.

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