Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You

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Helen fears that lack of improvement in her reading may leave her stuck in the sixth grade forever, until a good teacher recognizes her reading problem.

Helen fears that lack of improvement in her reading may leave her stuck in the sixth grade forever, until a good teacher recognizes her reading problem.

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Overview

Helen fears that lack of improvement in her reading may leave her stuck in the sixth grade forever, until a good teacher recognizes her reading problem.

Helen fears that lack of improvement in her reading may leave her stuck in the sixth grade forever, until a good teacher recognizes her reading problem.

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Gr 5-8 Helen dreads the first day in sixth grade. Good in math and gifted on the pitcher's mound, she is a nonreader diagnosed as a behavior problem. Against the slice - of - life background of a skating party, pierced ears and overnights at friend Louise's, Helen loses the battle with the printed word. Mid-year, she transfers to the other sixth grade class, where the teacher lets her choose whether or not to study in the special ed classroom. Despite the label ``retard,'' she decides to get the special help. Hard work results in progress. Given her caring parents, sympathetic principal and wholesome friends, the motivation for Helen's pranks and booby traps is obscure. DeClements fails to relate Helen's deliquency to her frustration or anger. In addition, since help is just down the hall, it is unrealistic for Helen to suffer for half the year before trying the special ed room. Still, cameo appearances by Jenny and Elsie from Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade (Viking, 1981) will attract readers to this less successful problem novel. Like Gilson's Do Bananas Chew Gum ? (Lothrop, 1980), Sixth Grade. . . illuminates the bleak world of the learning disabled while it entertains. Pat Harrington, Phoenix Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140371307
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Barthe Declements is an author of children's and young adult books. Some of her published credits include Fourth Grade Wizards, Double Trouble, I Never Asked You to Understand Me, and Bite of the Gold Bug: A Story of the Alaskan Gold Rush (Once Upon America).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Love it

    When i read this book, i found out that it's about the sixth grade
    because in sixth grade, these are thing in real life, those will happened so
    yes, i love the book.
    its like the best book in the world
    so people i think that you should buy
    this funny book because i, Meleena Phillips have the book and i want you all to buy it then read it, then go to www.bn.com and tell
    everyone what do you think about the book because then everyone can know what do you think about it. So if you want to, do it! Have fun reading it
    And one more thing.
    Also buy "nothing's fair in the 5th grade" and buy " The 4th grade wizards"
    I never read " the 4th grade wizards but have fun reading it.
    Just one more thing, i love Barthe DeClements because of the books that she wrote.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2004

    I AM DOING TO BE IN 6TH GRADE NEXT YEAR

    SINCE IT WAS THE SUMMER BEFORE I WENT TO JR.HIGH FOR THE FIRST TIME[6TH GRADE] I WANTED TO READ A BOOK THAT WOULD PREPARE ME A BIT. IT DID AND IT WAS THE BEST BOOK ever.I NEVER LIKED READING BUT NOW I DO.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2000

    Dissapointed Customer

    This book was okay. The plot was great because it could teach kids things, and it was realistic and intresting. But then, I have read books that MAKE me want to read them, like Harry Potter. But if I had to do something else at the time I was reading the book, I definitly would because it didn't really catch my attention. I perfer books that catch the reader's attention...this book is boring.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    In her book Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You Barthe DeClements wr

    In her book Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You Barthe DeClements writes a fictional story of a sixth grade girl named Helen who doesn’t know she has a developmental reading disorder in other words, a specific learning disability. But the problems that Helen faces are not so fictional: these are real problems that other kids, both with special needs and non, deal with when they go to school. Helen usually had anxiety whenever she thought about school, or reading in front of her class, or when she worried about failing 6th grade. She became frustrated with school and because of her frustration and boredom with her lessons and homework she acted out. On the one occasion, while her teacher was reading out loud to the class Helen found it hard to sit still for such a long time. To entertain herself she wove a barricade of thread between two desks, this she forgets about and her teacher winds up tripping over it. “Bad Helen” is the lingering name some of the teachers from the previous school years refer to her as.
    As the book makes clear, it is an over generalization on the teachers part to think that Helen is inherently “bad”. It is also unfair for Helen to consider herself as “dumb” because she finds it difficult to read and spell. Helen confused her “d”s with her “b”s and spelling out words and reading out loud is difficult for her. These are signs that she has dyslexia. The book points out concepts that I’ve learned in class, one of which is a reminder that teachers and special education teachers cannot dwell on the limitations a child has and what the child cannot do, but focus on what the child can do. When Helen had teachers who believed in her and were not grumpy or too strict, she was able to concentrate less on her upset stomach and more on her studies. The book a useful read to teachers by reminding them that no matter what the disability, a child can still learn as long as the teachers are willing to lead a friendly hand and allow flexibility to let the child learn in their own unique way and pace. I will implement personal teaching strategies when I have a student having difficulties. Instead of reading out loud for long periods of time and allowing a student to feel board, I will allow other students to read.
    I enjoyed reading this book; I saw similarities between Helen’s experience with reading problems and my own. The book was truthful and humorous, yet helpful. And when I become a teacher I can’t wait to show them that I, too, struggled with these same problems as Helen. And if she and I could overcome them so can they.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2008

    good

    Hi, im going into sixth grade. I had to read a book for a report. I chose this book and i'm loving it. it is about a girl named helen. She reads at a second grade level. she has a mean teacher. She might get transfered into a different class because her mom, Emily, doesnt like the teacher she has. the teacher that she might get transfered is her best friend Louise' class.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2005

    This book is for all children

    I read this book back when I was in jr high and I really enjoyed. Do not belive the reviews of the library, this book is really good. Helen was not labeled retarded, she was labeled 'bad' and that is better reading material.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2003

    Boring

    This book was boring. There was no plot and the characters are terrible.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2003

    Sixth grade CAN, really kill you

    Trust me I know this first hand. I didn`t have as many problems as Helen because Im one of the best readers in the class and, Im actually one of the those ''model'' students but 6th grade is rough. Hows 7th grade? I don`t know... yet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2002

    THIS BOOK IS GREAT!

    this book was great. But there was a couple boring parts. I recomend this book 2 people who love readin. And by the wat if any1 wants my screen name its Xxkiller23xX.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2002

    I loved this Book

    Usually i hate to read books but this book made me want to keep on reading. When I read at night I never got sleepy because the book was so interesting and it made me excited to see what would happen next. I reccomend this book to all children who love books but can never really find the right one. This is the right book. So I am encouraging this book to all readers who love good books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2002

    Memorable Story

    I first read this book in the 3rd grade, and now as a first year medical student I can still recall some of the fantastic details! While I didn't have a learning disability, I thought the book really gave me insight to those who did. Helen seemed very real to me--bra wearing, prank pulling, etc. To this day, I've still wanted to put tooth paste on my teacher's chair!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2000

    a reviewer

    Helen is a girl who does bad things to make her feel less pressure over not being able to read well. I loved this book and read it over and over!

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    Posted November 26, 2009

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