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The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  816 ratings  ·  237 reviews
A new hilarious, honest, and inspirational middle-grade novel about finding your inner hero, from the author of Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie.
In sixth grade, bad things can happen to good kids. Bullies will find your weakness and jump on it. Teachers will say you did something wrong when really you didn't mean to do anything wrong. The kids who joke the loudest can
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Scholastic Inc.
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Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This little book holds some BIG issues! Jordan Sonnenblick’s The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade takes on bullying, alcoholism, and abuse along with heroism, leadership, kindness, and the true meaning and value of having someone on your side.

Maverick Falconer is a short, poor, lonely kid just trying to survive the sixth grade in the halls at school and at home. At school, he has his archenemy Bowen Gregory Strack to contend with. At home, he has his Mom’s drinking and abusive boyfriends to worry
Michelle Glatt
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully poignant story with memorable characters and lots of take-aways. Jordan Sonnenblick is a middle grade master.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book surprised me! It was very deep and tackled some tough issues like addiction, poverty, and bullying. Even though it was a little sad, I think it's an important read.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

Maverick wants to be a hero just like his dad but when he begins 6th grade in a rough way, he may need a hero of his own. No one knows what his home life is like but he tries to make the best out of every situation.

This is a must read for all preteens! This could be about you or even the student sitting next to you.
Brenda Kahn
Classic Sonnenblick M.O. He sucks you in with a winning, earnest, imperfect narrator; then breaks your heart while making you laugh out loud; zings education and some educators; and gently imparts his message of kindness without didacticism. Love!
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I don’t give many 5 stars-but this book gets one! That saying—“Be nice to everyone, you never know what struggles they are facing”—TOTALLY applies here. This is a story about bravery on many different levels. Maverick is a student living a difficult home life, and then has to face daily battles at school with peers who have no clue about all he must face. As an adult it is a great reminder of what some students may be dealing with at home that we may not realize affects them ...more
Lynn Plourde
Sonnenblick does a great job of layering humor with serious issues (i..e poverty, substance abuse, domestic abuse). Part of me wants to take 6th grader Maverick home and nurture him and another part of me wants him to take on the whole world by himself so I can keep cheering him on and learn from HIM!
Analise Powell
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much. It had a deep concept but the author managed to make it in a good book for kids. I would defitnley read this again. This is a great book almost every kid can learn a lesson from.
Suezette Given
Solid story. Main character accurately reflects the life of kids who don't have the perfect home life. Really quick read, perfect for character education programs.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-6-8
This is more than an adjustment to life in middle school. Yes, there are the bullying, locker combinations that just don’t work the vice principal, and changing for gym class. Maverick Faulkner is short, poorly dressed and has few friends. However, Mav has decided to help others who are suffering by being their super hero. This bombs! Maverick’s backstory is that his widowed mother is an alcoholic who can barely take care of herself SO Maverick has learned to shift for himself and take care of ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd give this TEN stars if that was an option! I LOVE this book!!! I love Maverick! For a kd with all the challenges he faces in life, he's got a good head on his shoulders, a great heart and he's witty to boot.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this. It's so brutally realistic - dealing with bullies, a drunk mom who dates abusive men, and the very real trials of 6th grade -- and yet so funny and smart. The narrator, Maverick, sets out with a strong desire, a quest, to be heroic - despite his physical disadvantages, and true to life, his attempts are very less than perfect as he navigates how to be like his heroic father and tries to understand why people do what they do -- good, bad, harmful to themselves, confusing, and ...more
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grades
Another great one by Jordan Sonnenblick. It touches on so many relevant issues...bullying, single parents, abuse, a real, touching, funny, heart-breaking way.
Loved it. Fun to be back to an J.S. Novel. Great main character who has a tough home life but wants to make the best of his school life. Good deeds seem to land him in trouble. Page turner for sure.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want a funny, heartwarming story then pick up this quick read. Maverick has a rough life with a mom who struggles with drinking, keeping a job, and not dating abusive jerks. His dad died saving others and was a hero, so Maverick has the idea to be a quiet hero of the 6th grade. Things escalate quickly as his attempts backfire and he seems to make his enemies hate him even more. It is a tough read at times and I may have shed a tear or two for all of the Mavericks out there that have sucky ...more
Mia Wenjen
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What makes a true hero? THE SECRET SHERIFF OF SIXTH GRADE by Jordan Sonnenblick.

Sonnenblick has always created heroes that spoke to me. They weren’t obviously heroic on the outside being puny or skinny but they carried an invisible burden gracefully that would have felled anyone else. They also have the super power to change those around them for the better. Maverick is carrying the weight of his mother’s alcoholism and the instability and poverty that it brings including food instability. His
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story that hit some hard topics: bullies, poverty, drinking and abuse.
Bookish Devil
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Secret Inspirational Sheriff of Sixth Grade

If I had some sort of legislative authority, I would definitely make this book mandatory for all school children to read. This book will hit you hard. Going through depression, I couldn't have picked up a better book to read. From the first page, Maverick will pull the strings of your heart and establish a deep connection with you. Raised by a single mother, who ends up sloshed most of the time, Maverick leads a crummy life. Labeling him a
Ms. Yingling
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Maverick's mother has trouble keeping a job due to her alcohol consumption, which probably also influences her bad taste in men. When her current boyfriend becomes abusive, Maverick vows that he will try to help out the people around him the way that super heroes do, and he carries a small badge that his deceased father gave him as a reminder. He fails at it, though, getting into impulsive problems at school, where it doesn't help that his locker is right
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."**

The night before sixth grade, Maverick Falconer comes home and finds his mother and her abusive boyfriend, Johnny, having a fight. And Maverick feels powerless ... again. That night, he makes a decision: "I was going to be like Spider-Man or Captain America. I was going to do good deeds, right wrongs, stand up against evil and protect anybody who was smaller and weaker than I was."

Which is why on his first day of middle school, after
Mrs. Hrubik
Realistic Fiction: This book is classic Sonnenblick- tears and laughter throughout. This is one of my favorites of his so far- it deals with so many tough issues in one story of a young man who wants to be a hero but nothing seems to work out for him.
Update: I just finished a second read of this book and liked it just as much.
Gunnar Gray
Jordan Sonnenblick is definitely my favorite author, and this book makes it even better. I like his writing style, about how his books can be sarcastic and funny, but then make you sad the next.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Sonnenblick, Jordan The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade 208 pgs. Scholastic, 2017. $17. Language: G (0 swears) Mature Content: G Violence: PG (bullying, psychically abusive mom’s boyfriend).

Maverick doesn’t have much. His mother is an alcoholic with a string abusive boyfriends who can barely keep herself together, let alone a household. Maverick is used to going hungry, wearing the same clothes everyday, and fending for himself. School doesn’t help either- adults don’t seem to understand, the
Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars.

I really, really enjoyed this middle grade read from Jordan Sonnenblick. I read this over the course of a morning, and I just kept coming back to it in the midst of normal Saturday morning things (laundry, kids' breakfasts, coffee, etc). I wanted to see what would happen to our fearless wanna-be hero Maverick Falconer.

Maverick has always had a hard time in school. Ever since his military firefighter dad died rescuing others, his mom has been on a downhill slide. It's
Life isn't easy for sixth grader Maverick Falconer. Not only must he deal with bullies at school, his small size, and often being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but things at home are less than perfect. His mother makes less than stellar choices when it comes to her romantic relationships and spends a lot of time getting drunk. Money is tight too. After an incident at home in which he feels helpless to take action, Maverick decides to make a difference at school. Inspired by the toy ...more
Ruth Ann
Holy moly. Funny and sad. Thank goodness this main character, Maverick Falconer, has a great sense of humor and self deprecation. If not, I would have had tears on my face the whole time I was reading.
Maverick needs gym shoes, money for his gym outfit, eye glasses, food at home, etc. Luckily, he has an aunt who can step in sometimes. His goal for the new school year is to stop bullying! To stand up for other kids who are being bullied like he often is. He has such a rocky start, he ends up in
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an awesome book. I’m actually mad that it ended, because I cared so much about the main character, Maverick. Jordan Sonnenblick is one of my favorite middle grade authors, and this one did not disappoint. He has a way of writing with sharp, witty humor while he goes for your heart. Maverick’s father died in Afghanistan, while saving other soldiers from a fire. As he figures out how to follow in his father’s hero footsteps, he deals with an alcoholic mother and her abusive boyfriend . At ...more
The Library Lady
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can keep Wonder.
This is a book about a kid who doesn't have a "Mask" like deformity, but is struggling through life with a single,alcoholic mother. He is the shortest kid in class and is picked upon, but decides that he wants to try to defend other kids. It's a disaster, but in the process, with the help of his aunt, a scary school principal who has hidden depths, and some discoveries about his classmates less than perfect lives, he comes shining through. As it says on the sign behind the
Another book by Jordan Sonnenblick that I love. How can you not love a boy who chooses to adopt the hamster with the missing front paw, or a principal who keeps a sign in his office:"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle?" Maverick is fighting several, between trying to live up to his heroic, deceased father, to trying to care for and protect his unreliable mother, to surviving middle school as one of the smallest - and therefore best targets for bullies. But Maverick has ...more
Rebecca Whitney
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this story, even though there were some pretty sad parts. I know that some kids are really going to be able to understand where Maverick is coming from with his exposure to alcoholism and abuse, and that makes this story all the more important since it is one that isn't told as honestly and from a kid's point of view as this one. I loved how much Maverick came into his own over the course of the book, and I loved the character of The Bee! That was something I didn't expect. Overall, one ...more
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