Granny Bates Grade Six Book Club                    

Summer Reading List 2001

The book club readers asked me for a  reading list to take them through the summer between grades six and seven. This is a very personal list. There are many other good books, but these are some I've read and loved.

Fantasy, Magic and Science Fiction

The Dragon's Tapestry, Martine Bates. Classic fantasy, strong character development, the first of three books.

The Giver by Lois Lowry. Science fiction that questions ideas about happiness and courage.

Half Magic by Edward Eager. This is a funny book set firmly in the real world.  I loved it when I was young.

Keeper of the Isis Light by Monica Hughes. Science fiction with strong character development and a surprising plot twist. The first of three books.

The Magic Circle by Donna Jo Napoli. The story of the witch in "Hansel and Gretel"

The Moorchild by Eloise McGraw. A half-human, half-fairy child struggles to find her place.

Sabriel by Garth Nix. Classic fight between good and evil fantasy set in a world of magic.

So You Want to Be A Wizard , by Diane Duane. Set in the present, classic fantasy with some interesting twists.

Realistic Fiction

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg. A brother and sister run away from home and live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Missing May by Cynthia Rylant. Touching, sad story about coming to terms with a loss, very well written.

The Tuesday Cafe by Don Trembath. A boy who accidentally starts a fire in his school finds himself in a class for adults who have trouble reading. Very funny.

RanVan: The Defender by Diana Wieler. A boy who lives for computer games tries to apply his principles to the real world.

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. A girl comes to terms with her mother's disappearance.

Historical Fiction

The Dream Carvers by Joan Clark. A Viking boy is captured by native people in Newfoundland.

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman. A girl reluctantly moves to the California frontier with her family. A funny, touching story.

Promise Song by Linda Holeman. The story of a home child brought to Canada with her sister in 1900.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. Sixteen year old Kit moves from the tropical Barbados to harsh Puritan New England in 1687 amid rumours of witchcraft.

The Wreckers by Iain Lawrence. Adventure in 19th century England.


The Boy in the Burning House by Tim Wynne-Jones. A murder mystery.

Disconnected by Shelley Hrdlitschka. Twins, separated at birth, are brought together by a crime.

How Can a Frozen Detective Stay Hot on the Trail? by Linda Bailey. One of a series of well- written Canadian mystery books. Funny, well-paced and satisfying.

The Hydrofoil Mystery, by Eric Walters. A World War I mystery featuring Alexander Graham Bell.

This list was compiled in May of 2001.

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