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Louis Sachar.  Sixth Grade Secrets
Scholastic  $6.95  ISBN 0-590-40409-1  201 pg.
Reviewed by Emma, Age 14

It was a red cap with a blue brim. In silver letters above the brim were the words Pig City. It fit snug, but not too tight over her very long brown hair.

“What do you think?” she asked her friends…

Laura Sibbie is in Mr. Doyle’s sixth grade class, where clubs are forbidden. But, she has a clubhouse, vice president, secretary, snacks, and a plan. Perhaps a regular club won’t do, but how about a secret one???

Louis Sachar is the American author of Sixth Grade Secrets, as well as Sideways Stories from Wayside School, There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, and other children’s novels. I recommend this book to everyone, but more specifically to kids aged 8-11.

Louis Sachar, you are a genius! Sixth Grade Secrets is clever, charming, and fun. When I picked it up to reread after several dormant years, I never expected to enjoy the story as much or more as I did in grade four. Sachar uses unexpected finesse and forgotten truths in this heart-warming feel-good page-turner, and the result is a well-worn, round-edged paperback, suitable for any occasion or audience. An easy summer read or road-trip companion, Sixth Grade Secrets is sweet, simple, honest, and unforgettable. Five stars go to this should-be classic.


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