What Your Favorite Book In Sixth Grade Says About You

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The Outsiders: You were the first member of your peer group to discover, and later write, fanfiction.

Sweet Valley High (any title): You had an older sister. Depending on how much older she was, you found the books thrillingly racy or strangely foreign. Either way, your favorite part was always the opening description of the twins’ appearance. You can still recite their measurements like beads on a rosary. Five foot six. Perfect size six figures.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler: You once told your best friend at her eleventh birthday party that she was boring, completely unprompted, then refused to apologize. You never apologize, even when you wish you could.

Little House on the Prairie: You were perfectly normal in every way.

Caddie Woodlawn: Secretly, you found the girls who liked the Little House books juvenile.

The Hatchet: You fell mutually in love with the co-captain of the basketball team your sophomore year of high school, but did not come out for another four years. You occasionally test yourself in private to see if you can still do ten pushups in a row, just in case. Not that anything bad is going to happen, or that pushups will be what helps you survive if it does. But just in case.

Harriet the Spy: Your overtures at friendship never came across in the warm and offhand way you imagined they would in your head. The word your classmates used most often to describe you was “weird.” You weren’t liked and you weren’t disliked. You were “that weird girl,” and no one ever asked you what you were thinking.

The House on Mango Street: You moved a lot, too often, and hated it. Now that you have a place of your own you can’t help buying something new for it almost every week; a mirror, a plant, a puzzle. It runs into money but you don’t mind.

Babysitter’s Club (any title): Your best friend since the second grade suddenly and without warning stopped talking to you the summer before junior high. After college you received an unexpected Facebook friend request from her. When you saw her picture, you immediately began to cry, even though you had not thought of her in years.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: For reasons that you can no longer recall, you spent the better part of fifth grade telling the most outrageous lies to anyone who would listen. You told your teacher that your grandmother had died, not to get out of any schoolwork but to see what her response would be. You affected a Southern accent for a week at summer camp, then dropped it without explanation.

Anne of Green Gables: This is still your favorite book. For better or for worse, it will always be your favorite book, no matter how much you talk about George Saunders or Wallace Stegner.

The Giver: You had a pet that died at a very formative point in your childhood. After its death you insisted upon carrying around a clump of its fur in a Ziploc baggie, even to sleepovers, until the other girls stopped inviting you to their sleepovers and your mother started to hint tactfully that maybe it would be a good idea if you kept the baggie in a “very special” place in your room that you could visit whenever you wanted. Three days after you gave in, the baggie disappeared. You knew it was her. You even knew that you should have been angry; instead you were relieved. You had been feeling guilty for days that you weren’t as sad as you had been, and you found the burden exhausting.

A Wrinkle in Time: You studied abroad in college – for several years you insisted upon calling it “university” but time eventually cured you of that – where you briefly flirted with the idea of converting to something a little more High Church. Possibly Catholicism. More likely Episcopalianism.

Where the Red Fern Grows: You have never lived in the country or grown anything in the ground, but like to think that you would do a very good job of running your own farm someday. Nothing ambitious, nothing big, just a few cows, some chickens, maybe a goat. A vegetable garden, maybe. You work at a desk.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond: You find a perverse pleasure in feeling misunderstood and shop often at Free People.

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    • kj

      The King’s Daughter: You are Canadian, and spent your time wandering around the forest expecting the Iroquois to jump out and try and take you hostage at any time.

      • Cait

        OMG, YES. This book was amazing, I have read it a million times.

    • Anna

      these were literaly all my favorite books from age 8-11. minus the sweet valley high, plus LOTR

    • Eileen

      I loved the babysitters, Anne of Green Gables, and A Wrinkle in Time, but I think I was a little younger than sixth grade when I read them. In sixth grade my favorite book was Gone With the Wind.

      • http://twitter.com/kokiden Barbara

        Yeah, I liked most of these books in 4th or 5th grade. But I didn’t read Gone with the Wind until 7th or 8th grade. Looooved it! :)

    • Kellilee

      I read the Little House series in 2nd grade. I think my favorite book in 6th grade was Stephen King’s Pet Semetary. I have no idea what that means about me.

    • http://twitter.com/DuchessCadbury The Right Honourable

      What about Amelia Bedelia!? I read her for years as a kid. And Babysitters Club…I sent away for my own babysitters kit. Those where the days.

    • http://twitter.com/KathrynDyan Katy Hearne

      I was *Obsessed* with books by a writer called Lurlene McDaniels who wrote books about young people with cancer… and I think Amish kids… so, ya know. I was a lot of fun.

      • haily

        ME TOO! I use to dream of getting into some kind of accident that would land me in a hospital. Just like all of Lurlene’s characters. Well I eventually did. My fantasy was fulfilled, and my life feels good. Ahhhh.

      • Kate

        If I remember correctly, there was a girl with cancer who fell in love with an Amish boy, and then there were like 5 books about the two of them. I LOVED Lurlene McDaniels!!

    • http://twitter.com/kokiden Barbara

      The only book I remember loving in 6th grade was The Hobbit.

    • LCT

      Hmmm… I loved “The Little White Horse” and all of the Nancy Drew books I could get my little hands on. I also looooved those über-creepy “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” books.

      • Amanda Nagy

        Ooh, I loved Nancy Drew!

    • Amanda

      Hmm, my favorite book in sixth grade was The Lovely Bones.

      • AmbienceChaser

        That says you are *so young*!

      • Amanda

        Haha yeah, 19. (:

    • haily

      Damn, you got it. My favorite book (out of the ones you listed) was Harriet the Spy and I was ignored by all of my classmates throughout middle school, and they said I was “SO weird!”

    • Tania

      I was obsessed with Dragonlance novels in grade six. What does that say about me? :(

    • AmbienceChaser

      I really liked the witch of blackbird pond. I think because she was a persecuted outsider and also the best dressed.

      • Cate

        That is exactly how I felt about that book. What was the girl’s name? Kit? I wanted to be her so badly.

      • http://www.facebook.com/naomi.kashinsky Naomi Kashinsky

        She made me wish I had a red silk petticoat. And I wasn’t even totally sure at the time that I knew what a petticoat was.

    • Amanda

      I loved all the books by Lurlene McDaniel (she wrote books about teens dealing with terminal illnesses) in 6th grade….I don’t even want to know what that says about me.

      • MR

        Interesting. I see she was born in ’44 but her first novel on her website was published in ’89. A late bloomer.

    • http://twitter.com/PortraitOfMmeX Madame X

      Anne of Green Gables, Witch of Blackbird Pond, and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. All entirely accurate descriptions of me. Well played.

    • KatGisMe

      I’d love to see a list of required junior high reading by Gloss readers. I think it would be possibly the most fucked up and awesome list created.

    • Sarah

      Flowers In The Attic You were a quirky misfit of an only-child with parents who would buy you any book you wanted without stopping to know what it was about first. Having no siblings of your own, you were more baffled than grossed out by incest and spent the rest of junior high school secretly wondering if your friends with brothers were “doing it.”

    • Georgette

      You got me with Anne. A holiday season has never been quite right without the PBS special and re-reading the Lady of Shalott scene.

    • Sandy

      The world according to Garp. I was a strange child

    • Anon13

      Wow. Dead on, actually.

    • Khangol

      Not one of those books were anything I read in sixth grade, and many (possibly
      most?) of them didn’t even exist. Stupid ageist codswallop. Where’s Tom Sawyer?
      Huckleberry Finn? The Yearling? Danny Dunn (in all his incarnations)? Nothing by
      Jacques Futrelle? Okay, I read the Little House books, but that was FIFTH grade,
      not sixth. Where’s Flowers For Algernon, fer chrissakes? What a load of
      cobblers. This is SO bogus.

    • http://twitter.com/ReadingChick Sharon H

      What this list says about me is that 50% of them were published since I’ve been an adult… Having said that… in 6th grade I wasn’t a reader. But Anne of Green Gables hooked me in 8th grade. That’s all that matters. :-)

    • lego5ker

      and the big oversight of this article is… the lack of the harry potter books.