• Youth as Advocates ~ Be the Change

    6th Grade Reading List



  • Amal Unbound

    by Saeed, Aisha Year Published: 2018


    Book Review

    Amal dreams about becoming a teacher when she grows up, but instead her parents sell her to Mr. Khan to pay off the family's debt. She finds herself forced to work in horendous conditions. Are her dreams shattered?


    If you liked this book, you will also want to read:

    I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.

    Girl Rising Changing the World One Girl at a Time by Tanya Stone.

    The Queen of Water by Laura Resau and María Virginia Farinango.

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  • The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth

    by Kathleen Krull Year Published: 2009 Biography

    Don't let a picture book fool you into thinking that this is an easy book. This book tells you about how a 14 year old boy got the idea from plowing a field and transforming it into a picture of light.

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    If you like reading picture book biographies, you may also want to read:

    A Place to Land by Barry Wittenstein

    Muddy : the Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by  Details for "Muddy" Michael James Mahin

    Brave Girl : Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel

    Schomburg : the Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford

    Bylines : a photobiography of Nellie Bly by Sue Macy



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  • Blended

    by Sharon Draper Year Published: 2018


    Izzy and Isabella are the same person living in two worlds. One week she lives with her dad as the only black family in the neighborhood. The next week, she is with her mom in a small house in the city. This is a story of suviving divorce and living with two bleneded families.


    If you enoyed this book, please read:

    Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

    All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook also by Leslie Connor

    Sunny Side Up by Jenny Holm

    Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

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  • Brown Girl Dreaming

    by Jacqueline Woodson Year Published: 2014
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  • Crossing the Wire

    by Will Hobbs Year Published:
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  • El Deafo

    by Cece Bell Year Published: 2014

    Have you ever wondered what you superpower was?

    Learn about how Cece Bell developed her superpower.


    If you enjoyed El Deafo, you may also enjoy:

    Wonder by Rj Palacio

    Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

    Be Prepared by Vega Brosgol

    Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks


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  • The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

    by Cartaya, Pablo Year Published: 2017

    Listen to the author tell you about the background of this book.


    This book reminded me of:


    Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

    Moo by Shaton Creech

    Anya's Ghost by Brosgol, Vera

    The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggles for Freedom by Margarita Engle

    Enchanted Air: Two Wings, a Memoir also by Margarita Engle

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  • Front Desk

    by Kelly Yang Year Published: 2018

    What do you do when you need to hide how your family lives? Imagine instead of going home at the end of the school day, you go to a motel and run the front desk. Now imagine what do you when one of your friends wants to come over?


    If you enjoyed Front Desk, you may also enjoy reading:

    Welcome to Wonderland : Home Sweet Motel by Chris Grabenstein

    Greetings from Nowhere by Barbara O'Connor

    The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang

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  • Generation Change : Roll Up Your Sleeves and Change the World

    by Zack Hunter Year Published: 2011
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  • Ghost Boys

    by Jewell Parker Rhodes Year Published:
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  • Jackie's Wild Seattle

    by Will Hobbs Year Published:
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  • Loving vs Virginia

    by Patricia Hruby Powell Year Published:
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  • March. Book One.

    by John Lewis Year Published: 2013. Nonfiction Graphic Novel

    Ever wonder what it took to stand up for social justice in the 60s? Well, watch Representative John Lewis accepting the National Book Award for March.


    Once you finish reading this book, you may also want to read:

    A Place to Land by Barry Wittenstein

    Drowned City by Don Brown

    The Crossover : The Graphic Novel illustrated by Dawud Anyabile

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  • The New Kid

    by Jerry Kraft Year Published: 2019 Graphic Novel

    What is it like to be the new kid in a school? Jordan is a gifted artist that finds himself in a private austerious school for gifted students where he stands out as one of only 2 kids of color in his school. How will he ever figure out how to fit in?

    Watch Jerry Craft describe his book


    This is a book for the fans of:

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling

    Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

    Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm

    All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

    Middle School: the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson



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  • A Night Divided

    by Jennifer A. Nielsen Year Published: 2015
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  • Rain Reign

    by Ann Martin Year Published: 2014
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  • Stella by Starlight

    by Sharon Draper Year Published: 2015
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  • Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March

    by Lynda Blackmon Lowery Year Published: 2015 Nonfiction

    Imagine if you were the youngest person on the 1965 Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama? See the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of a teen.

    Listen to Mrs. Blackmon Lowery read from her book at The Library of Congress.

    If you are a fan of social justice, you may also like to read these high quality nonfiction books as well:

    Because They Marched: the People's Campaign for Voting Rights that Changed America by Russell Freedman

    We've Got a Job: the 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson

    Blood Brother : Jonathan Daniels and his Sacrifice for Civil Rights by Rich Wallace & Sandra Neil Wallace

    Separate is Never Equal : Sylvia Mendez & her Family's Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

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  • 12 Children Who Changed the World

    by Kenya McCullum Year Published: 2016
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  • The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA

    by Brenda Woods Year Published: 2019
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