Category Archives: 6th Grade

Silent Days, Silent Dreams

This is a complex book.  It’s not a light read.  It can serve readers who read for a variety of purposes, and for the right audiences it would be worthy of a “Highly Recommended” rating.  It is a picture book … Continue reading

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Animals by the Numbers: a book of animal infographics

Steve Jenkins.  He never disappoints.  Here he presents a whole host of animal statistics with the visual graphs and charts to put the numbers in perspective.  It’s visually appealing and highly informative.

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Let the Children March

It tells the story of a part of the civil rights movement that was unknown to me, and certainly one whose story deserves to be told, both to recognize this bit of history and to inspire young people to do … Continue reading

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The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

The illustrations really add to the interest of this book.  The writing is a bit flat.  It does the basic job of telling many different aspects of Lena Horne’s life, but it seems to leave out some basic details: since … Continue reading

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Secrets of Hexbridge Castle, The

Alphie Bloom thought his Summer would be boring, until he gets told he has inherited a castle, Hexbridge Castle, which has been closed up for hundreds of years. Alphie receives a letter explaining that he must be sure not to … Continue reading

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Princess Juniper of the Anju

Princess Juniper’s father sent her  message, in Queen’s Basin, two weeks ago telling how his kingdom is under attack by the Monsians. Meanwhile, her cousin Cyril unsuccessfully  tried to usurp  her valley. Later, Cyril admits, ” I know who thieved … Continue reading

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Pokémon

The  ‘Brands We Know’ series provides readers with a history of world famous Pokémon. This book is strictly facts. Instructions for games are not included or hinted upon. Pokémon began as three Japanese companies for video games, card games , … Continue reading

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Make it Yourself! Paper Pop-up Art

This book is part of the Cool Makerspace series and details the steps to making six pop-up projects using readily available tools and materials. It begins with a definition of the notion of ‘makerspace”. Following that are details about supplies, … Continue reading

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The Case of the Feathered Mask

Maisie Hitchins, a young girl living with her grandmother in Victorian England, is an intrepid detective, solving cases from her grandmother’s boarding house. In this fourth book of The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins series, she sets out to solve the … Continue reading

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A Shiloh Christmas

A year has passed since Shiloh has become part of Marty’s family.  It’s almost Christmas but the holiday spirit is low.  Judd, Shiloh’s previous owner, is trying to be a better person, a new minister preaches more fire and brimstone … Continue reading

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Creatures of the Rain Forest

Interesting, although sometimes creepy, creatures of the Central and South American rainforests are described in this 32 paged book..  One interesting feature in this series shows the comparative size of the creature to a hand or an average adult height.  … Continue reading

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The Hubble Space Telescope

This informational text about the Hubble Space Telescope covers how the telescope works, what missions it is has been apart of and what it is. Informational text features complement the text and add to the learning. There is even a … Continue reading

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Karl, Get Out of the Garden!

A picture book biography about the man responsible for developing the scientific classification and naming system used throughout the scientific community today.  The water color illustrations do a good job of evoking the time period (1700s) in which Karl Linne, … Continue reading

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Technology During the Korean War

This strikes me as a book that started with a title, as the publisher decided they wanted to write a series about the technologies of the different wars, and then they sat down to write this one and realized they … Continue reading

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The Ghost of Graylock

Neil and Bree are sent to stay with their Aunt in upstate New York.  Neil wants to be a ghost hunter so he is excited with the transition to his Aunt’s house. Within walking distance of their new home is … Continue reading

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Dingus

It is almost summer break and fifth grader, Henry, isn’t looking forward to it at all.  His best friend Max is going off to Chess camp leaving Henry with no one to hang out with. However, even if Max weren’t … Continue reading

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The Unicorn in the Barn

        Eric Harper’s grandma has been moved into a nursing home. Her home has been sold to help with expenses and Eric is having a hard time adjusting to that reality.  After all, the Harper’s have owned … Continue reading

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Black Holes: A Space Discovery Guide

Black holes, by there very nature cannot be seen.  The only information about black holes is from observing how other objects in space behave around them.  This book details many of the devices that are used to collect information about … Continue reading

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Glacier National Park

A national park is more than just a name or a boundary contained place that we can witness now.  And Glacier National Park is more than “a wilderness landscape of forest, mountains, and lakes.” It stands witness to the impact … Continue reading

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Simone Manuel

At the 2016 Olympics, Simone Manuel was the first African American woman to win a gold in an Olympic swimming event.  In fact, she won 4 medals in the 2016 Olympics.  The book covers her childhood, education, swimming career, and … Continue reading

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Esquivel! Space-age Sound Artist

I love the illustrations. I like the idea of picture book biographies, especially more multi-cultural ones. From what I read, he certainly seems to have been a ground-breaking musician, so perhaps this book will help him become more well-known.  I … Continue reading

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Will’s Words: how William Shakespeare change the way you talk

A really approachable and informative non-fiction picture book that I think has a wide grade-range of appeal.  The illustrations are cartoonish enough to be inviting, but still do a good job of providing the reader with a visual context for … Continue reading

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Encountering Bigfoot: Eyewitness Accounts

Nine eyewitness accounts of suspected bigfoot encounters, from across the United States, eight of which occurred within the past seventeen years.  These occurrences took place in Pennsylvania, Washington state, Alaska, New Jersey, Texas, Oregon, Ohio, and California. One sighting was … Continue reading

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The Impossible Clue

What readers are looking for! A smart girl who is good at math and does not take guff about it from anyone!   Summer vacation will start any minute. Alice can hardly wait to begin her vacation. Alice plans on … Continue reading

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The Story of the Orange Bowl

Back in the 1930s, Earnie Seiler was a tireless promoter of what was to become the Orange Bowl, one of the final major football contests of the season.  Seiler enticed top teams, the Oklahoma Sooners and the Tennessee Volunteers, to … Continue reading

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