Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You

Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You

by Barthe DeClements J.D


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142413807
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/11/2008
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 290,222
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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).

Table of Contents

Bad Helen
The Blob
Double Saved
Heads Up
Shoot the Duck
Way to Go!
Red Eye
Healing Stones
False Alarm
Discipline Slips
Color the School Black
The Retard Room
Mother's Girl
Big Mouth
The Next-to-the-Last Firecracker

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Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Helen is a great baseball player, she's really good in math, but she reads well below her level. Her dyslexia makes it hard for her to keep up with the rest of the class in reading, and she acts out in frustration. Her mother won't let her participate in special education, but when she tries it out, she finds out that it helps her learn what she needs.
baachan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this when I was in elementary school--I enjoyed it then. I decided to revisit it for this project, and I have to tell you, I enjoyed it less this time. I don't think that DeClements writes like kids speak, even if the book was written in 1985. While the story is compelling, I don't think DeClements is telling Helen's story from her perspective. DeClements is telling her story from an adult's perspective, with adults' language. To sum up the plot, Helen is assigned to Mrs. Lobb's 6th grade class, and she's a really strict, old-fashioned kind of lady. Helen can't read, and it seems that Mrs. Lobb is fond of read-alouds, and Helen does poorly in all subjects. Eventually, she acts out loudly enough that she's switched into a different 6th grade class. Once in Mr. Marshall's room, she starts to make progress with reading. At this point, DeClements is one of the authors in the canon of youth fiction, so I would recommend this for purchase for all public library youth collections, as well as elementary and middle school libraries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was boring. There was no plot and the characters are terrible.