Some books recommended for sixth-grade students are: "Holes," "The Penderwicks," "Mockingbird," "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," "What I Saw and How I Lied," "The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing," "Inside Out and Back Again" and "The Canning Season." These books are recommended by Scholastic. Works noted come from American authors, and have received the National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
Some books, like "Holes" and "Mockingbird" are classics. Others, like "True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," are contemporary works. "Holes," a novel by Louis Sachar, explores the life of a boy who comes from a cursed family. The curse begins with the boy's great great grandfather, who is caught stealing a pig. This book has received the Newberry Medal in addition to the National Book Award and is available in paperback.
"The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy" is a novel by Jeanne Birdsall that combines fantasy and childhood adventures. It takes place on an estate in Massachusetts, and is a light summer reading book.
"Mockingbird" is a more somber read. This novel, written by Kathryn Erskine, follows the struggles of Caitlin, a bright and gifted fifth grader who once relied on her brother Devon for support, and now faces middle school alone following his tragic death.
For summer reading, the Saratoga Springs Public Library offers more suggestions. "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" and "National Velvet are two classics on its list. "Stand Tall," "Winter People" and "Bud, Not Buddy" make the list, too.