Summer Reading


    Sixth Grade Summer Reading


    Welcome to 6th grade!  Over the summer, incoming students are required to read Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.  Bud , Not Buddy is a tender story about an orphaned African American living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression. The main character, Bud, decides to try and find his father. The only clue his mother left him was several flyers about a band in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He gets a ride to Grand Rapids, and finds Herman E. Calloway, the man that he believes is his father. He does not get the reception he imagines, and Herman does not believe that Bud is his son. Throughout the book, Bud has many adventures along the way and learns many lessons he can take with him in his life. This will supplement MMS’s “Keeping it R.E.A.L” program and its themes will be used throughout the year.  Students MUST finish all work before returning to school in September.

    As your child reads Bud, Not Buddy, he or she needs to be completing the attached reading activity by identifying the setting, characters, problem or conflict, major events, ending of the story, as well as the lessons learned by the characters throughout the book.   I have also attached the “suitcase project” that will be due soon after we return.  Completion of these activities will be part of your child’s first English grade upon entering sixth grade this September.

    All pages of the packet will be available on the Mechanicville School District website under my name, M. Salvadore.  Extra packets and a few extra copies of the book will also be in the high school office.

    These books may be purchased at any local bookstore or on-line.  Of course, borrowing from your local public library/Jr./Sr. High School office  is also an excellent way of obtaining a copy.

    I look forward to meeting your son or daughter this September.  Have a healthy, happy summer and have fun reading!

                                  Mrs. Salvadore

    If you have any questions, please e-mail me at  I will be checking periodically over the summer!


    “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

    • Sir Richard Steele