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Sixth Grade Secrets

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  2,539 Ratings  ·  197 Reviews
From the Newbery-award winning author of Holes

When Laura Sibbie starts a secret club at school, makes the other members them give her something totally embarrassing as "insurance," to make sure they don't tell anyone else about the club. She promises to keep the insurance secret, unless someone blabs. Gabriel, who never tells on anybody, would be a perfect member of Pig Ci
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1987)
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Sep 28, 2008 Paula rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like to read about kids who have their own clubs and secrets.
Recommended to Paula by: myself
In "Sixth Grade Secrets" it all started with a hat. Laura bought a hat in a yard sale and liked it because it said,"Pig City". She and her friends decide to make their own club and want to name it Pig City because of the hat. Then Gabriel, a boy, knows a little bit about Pig City and wants to be in the club. So, he writes Laura a letter saying that he knows about Pig City and that he won't tell anyone. Gabriel writes the letter so that Laura would let him join her club. For insurance in Laura's ...more
Apr 22, 2013 ABC rated it it was amazing
Shelves: older-kids
Apparently this book is currently out of print. I am not sure why. It's a great book that my son just loved. It's all about a secret club started by a girl who is a born leader. Things spiral out of control and by the end of the book, you are on the edge of your seat.

Not recommended for kids much younger than fifth grade. It's not a kiddy book, more of a middle school book.

My only criticism is that in real life a good teacher would have stepped in much earlier and figured out what was going on.
First rule of Fight Club is "You do not talk about Fight Club!". Pig City has exactly the same set of rules except they have a mean "insurance policy" to be able to enforce these rules......

For a six hour drive from Zurich, Switzerland, to Tuscany (Italy), we picked this audio book in the hope that it would appeal to the 9- and 12-year-old as well as to the adults in the car. It did! We all enjoyed the story as well as the narration, and I look forward to reading more Louis Sachar. My 12-year-o
Jan 20, 2014 Sara rated it liked it
I remember reading this book as a kid, and all I remembered was the bit about the underpants and the edited note. I picked it up at a used bookstore today and finished it in one afternoon.

For a book about secret clubs and petty teenagers and mean-spirited pranks, this wasn't bad. Actually, it was pretty good. I liked that Laura was a brat of a protag who did mean things but wasn't entirely unlikeable and you actually felt sorry for her when she got hurt and screwed over. I was sorry she didn't g
I read this last night when I couldn't sleep. It has always been a childhood favourite of mine but after re-reading it I have downgraded it to 3 stars (it was 4 before). When I read this as a child (probably around 6th grade), I loved the whole club thing and if I remember correctly, I tried to start my own club (no insurance required) but it was a spectacular failure. Reading now though, I can't believe how horrible these girls are! It is still quite funny and I always loved the idea of the dic ...more
May 21, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Well when Laura goes to a yard sell with her friends she finds a hat called pig city. So then she wore everyday to school. Everyone got used to it. Then she and her friends want to start a club called pig city because of her hat. They made them give insurance that is embarrassing and if they tell anyone about pig city it will be shown to everyoneSo then a kid named Gabriel gave a note to her that said that he knew about pig city but it is only a little that he knows. So then A girl named Sheila ...more
♥ Aphrodite
Jul 13, 2012 ♥ Aphrodite rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
OMG, I've been looking for this book! I forgot the title but I knew what the cover looks like...after searching various authors I finally came across Sideways Stories from Wayside School and a light went on...same author. AHA! I found it!

This was absolutely my favorite book of all time in elementary school. This is were my love for writing and reading was sparked. I absolutely thank Louis Sachar for his genius writing. This book I recommend every parent to buy for their fourth firth sixth grader
Anna Benjamin
Nov 03, 2015 Anna Benjamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Sixth Grade Secrets is about how a girl makes a club and tries to keep it a secret. The narrator is the girl, named Laura Sibbie. Laura Sibbie is also the protagonist. The antagonist is Gabriel. The book is mostly about how Laura Sibbie starts a club called Pig City and clubs are banned. So she has to keep it a secret. Gabriel says that he found out about the club and that Laura had to kiss him or else he will tell the whole class. That started a big fight. Then Gabriel started a club. ...more
Lucie Miller
May 08, 2014 Lucie Miller rated it really liked it
I'd been looking for this book for ages. I'd read it as a kid in the late 80s but couldn't remember the name of it. After googling the main theme the titles "Sixth Grade Secrets" and "Pig City" came up. (It was re-released later on with the title "Pig City"). I ordered it off Amazon a week ago and it came today.

I've just spent an hour reading it. I remember that the main character, Laura, had really long hair and named her secret club after the slogan on her baseball cap, Pig City.

To make sure
Julie Decker
Apr 27, 2014 Julie Decker rated it really liked it
It all starts when Laura Sibbie gets the PIG CITY hat at a garage sale and starts a club based on her slogan. In order to belong to the club, Laura decides its members have to be loyal no matter what, so with the help of her friends, she collects insurance on each new member--whether it's being recorded saying something embarrassing, giving them an undergarment for safekeeping, or in some way compromising themselves in exchange for belonging. The insurance was never supposed to be used against a ...more
Aug 12, 2008 Swankivy rated it really liked it
Shelves: favoritebooks
Read this as a kid when I was going to be going into sixth grade the next year. I loved it and shared it with my sister. The characters were all multi-layered--amazingly so for a kids' book, too!--and I loved these kids having competing clubs with warring anthems, not to mention the hilarious things they did to collect dirt on each other in exchange for membership. And I related to Laura, the main character, because everyone knew her for her long hair. :)
Pinvalee Kittayanukul
Nov 12, 2015 Pinvalee Kittayanukul rated it it was amazing
Have you ever fighting with your friend? Even the thing that we fight wasn’t make sense? You never know how the war will stop? Have you ever have a feeling that you can't lie? Even you really want to? You may has some feeling like Laura in “ Sixth Grade Secret”. The book “Sixth Grade Secret”. Follow the story of Laura, the girl that has a war, but no one knows why. Laura’s club, the Pig City, has many secrets that no one knows. Laura got some embarrassing things of her friends to be a insurances ...more
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Mar 17, 2016 Catherine rated it it was amazing
Louis Sachar writes all the best books!I love all the characters, especially Laura. I liked her because she is a natural born leader. The sentence that tells me this is: "Laura had little doubt that someday she'd be President" (8). Laura is so confident, she feels as if her growing up to be President is already a fact, or almost a fact. Laura is very sure of herself, an important quality in leaders. And she is only eleven! Louis Sachar has quite an imagination. I've never met anyone like that. H ...more
Feb 15, 2009 Rosanna rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the Book called Six Grade Secrets by Louis Sachar. He is a real good author. In this book it takes you back as if you were back in six grade. It made me remember all the drama that came with being that age and most of all how we all wanted so badly to fit in with all of our peers. I recommend this book to anyone that wants a good read.
Mar 23, 2009 Jill rated it it was amazing
***SPOILER ALERT***Humorous rivalry between two classmates! One girl makes a club with her friends and won't allow an annoying friend join! This club involves secrets(hense the name)insurance and dares! MY favorite book of all time!
Maaz Uddin
Jan 06, 2014 Maaz Uddin rated it it was amazing
Maaz Uddin
The book Sixth Grade Secrets by Louis Sachar is about a girl named Laura Sibbie who went to a garage sale and bought a hat that said Pig City on it. She then starts a secret club called Pig City. The hat symbolized the name of the club and also Laura’s personality. At some point she would say how the hat was like a part of her. Laura would wear the hat almost every single day. As the club starts, she invites her 2 best friends Tiffany and Allison. She tells them to give her, “insurance
Katherine Tobiya
It was alright, I never read this as a child but I love most of Louis Sachar and his books so thought I'd give this a try. Not at the same level at all as his others, but still not bad.
Sara Grossaint
Apr 27, 2015 Sara Grossaint rated it liked it
This is one I kind of forgot about because of when I read it, which was before 2007. Many many many of the books I read before I read Twilight in the 7th grade got forgotten unless they were true favorites like Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, The Echorium Sequence, etc. so it was strangely surreal when I was going through some grade school drawings and found a bunch of drawings of a girl with really long hair (I LOVED drawing long hair when I was that age) and wearing a hat that said "Pig City" on i ...more
Edward (saysmeow)
Mar 11, 2010 Edward (saysmeow) rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. This was my favorite book ever since I read it in 5th grade. I always read it when I get bored like in an airplane to China. It never gets boring.
Aug 03, 2012 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood-books
I lost count how many times I had read this book. The cover was so worn, it was falling off. I forced my younger sister to learn the Pig City "salute". Good times!
Dec 26, 2015 Steven rated it it was amazing

This book is about a girl named Laura that starts a secret club at school, the club is called Pig city because of a hat she always wears. She got a lot of members and in order for them not to tell anyone about the club, she had them all give an embarrassing thing about them self. She said that she would no tell anyone unless they told anyone about the club . Gabriel who always keeps his word wants to join Pig city. When Gabriel joins the club he gets his hands on the embarrassing secrets he take
When I saw this cover I remembered that girl with her long hair... my hair used to be that long when I was younger...
Mar 30, 2016 Marian added it
This was one of my favorite books when I was in elementary school. So glad I had the chance to re-read it!
Jun 28, 2011 Teagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was really good because the characters were really interesting. I couldn't put it down!
Jenna Jakubowski
Dec 12, 2015 Jenna Jakubowski rated it it was amazing
The book was super good that I just can't explain how great it is!
Jun 13, 2010 Fiona rated it really liked it
Shelves: sophmore-year
You walk in to your classroom and see eyes pierced on you, you feel small and you hear whispers in the air. You wonder, what happened. How would you feel if all of your secrets have been released? I’m talking DEEP, DARK, and EMBARRASSING secrets. I guess that’s what happens in sixth grade.

In this book, Sixth Grade Secrets by Louis Sachar there’s a girl named Laura Sibbie. Laura and her two best friends start a secret club at their school where they tell all their secrets. They carefully select
Jan 09, 2016 Sally rated it really liked it
One of my most favourites in grades four and five. Although I was, for a time, terrified of having all my hair cut off from behind whenever I was near the 'wall' in school! I also love how this one was longer than most Apple Scholastics: good for when you're still at that age story-wise, but moving up a little when it comes to reading level.

Re-read January 2016! Because we're doing a big clear out and I don't need to keep ALL my childhood books. Still loads of fun, although as an adult I don't q
Samantha O
Jan 18, 2011 Samantha O rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I just finished reading Sixth Grade Secrets!If I were to rate this book 1 out of a ten,i would give it a 10. It was so good that i got so hooked into the book, it felt like i was part of the book! I mean you can create a picture in your mind because its really good! I recommend book to anyone.You can check it out in Mrs.Jones library. Sixth Grade Secrets is all about a girl named Laura and her to best friends Allison,and Tiffany.Laur goes to a garage sale and buys this hat named Pig City. She wo ...more
Star Books
Feb 11, 2012 Star Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Pig City is such a good book! I always loved books by Louis Sachar, like Holes and Small Steps. Both were really good books so I decided to read it. That was something I didn't regret!

In my copy of the book, there was a little glossary for all the characters and I actually wished they did that for the Westing Game. It told me all about the main characters in Pig City. The magnificent Laura (our main character and hero), her two best friends Tiffany ( something ALWAYS looks messy about her) and A
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Louis Sachar (pronounced Sacker), born March 20, 1954, is an American author of children's books.

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