New Books for 6th Graders

Sea Otter Rescue by Suzi Eszterhas

Learn about the amazing and difficult job of rescuing sea otters and see some adorable pictures of baby sea otters at the same time. Get a peek inside the secret wildlife hospital at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Baby sea otters look small, but an adult sea otter is the same size as a German Shepard and about 10 times more work to take care of! While this book would definitely help with a report on a marine mammal it is also interesting to read for fun - did I mention adorable sea otter babies? 

This is Not a Werewolf Story by Sandra Evans

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6

Raul has attended the One of Our Kind boarding school for years, ever since his mother ran off leaving his father to care for him. His father stopped picking him up for the weekend a long time ago, but he has kept secret from the dean by pretending that his father insists on picking him up at the main road, not the school. Each weekend he packs his bags, heads towards the road, and sneaks into White Deer Woods where he goes to an abandoned lighthouse to meet a beautiful white wolf and enjoy his second, secret, weekend life.

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More books by Sandra Evans

Ugly: a memoir by Robert Hoge

Reading Level: Grades 4-7

This memoir traces the life of Robert Hoge from the time he was born in 1972 until he turned 14.  Robert was born with enormous tumor in the middle of his face.  His eyes were on either side of his face and he had only holes for a nose.  Besides the mass on his face, his legs were twisted and stunted.  Mary, Robert’s mother was horrified.  She thought the baby looked like a monster.  She didn’t want to take him home.  Her doctor told her to put the baby away in an institution.  Her husband, Vince, told her that it was up to her.  For over a month the baby stayed at the hospital.  Then Mary decided to ask their other kids.Vince and Mary told them about their baby brother; how he looked, his legs and the fact that he might also be mentally challenged.  Then Mary pointed to each of her children and asked, “Should we bring Robert home?”  All four voted yes.  Robert had many operations.  The tumor was removed.  The unusable parts of his legs were amputated.  He got prosthetics and learned to walk.] He went to school and made some friends.  Not everyone was nice.  He learned to do things his way and to be his own person in a world that thinks he is very, very ugly.

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Another interesting biographies and memiors about living with a disability are:

Small Steps: the year I got polio by Peg Kehret

Med Head : my knock-down, drag-out, drugged-up battle with my brain by James Patterson and

Temple Grandin : how the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world by Sy Montgomery

Engrossing stories about kids living with a disability are:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper

Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan and

The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff