Books for 6th Graders

The following titles are appropriate for those reading at a 6th Grade level. Click the titles to locate or reserve a book.

J Fiction Books

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Manned by an angry crew at the mercy of a ruthless captain, the Seahawk reeks of mutiny. Lone passenger, 13-year-old Charlotte Doyle, dares to become the center of a deadly voyage.

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
Soon after the orphaned Peter sets sail on the ship Never Land, he befriends a young starcatcher whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust. (Part of the Peter & the Starcatchers series)

Masterpiece by Elise Broach
Two new friends work together to help recover a drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg
Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by a terrible secret. Now, in a loving adoptive home in the U.S., a series of events forces him to confront his past.

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
Twelve-year-old Addie tries to cope with her mother’s erratic behavior and separation from her beloved stepfather and half-sisters when she and her mother move to a small trailer out of town.

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Super-sized, 11-year-old Liam makes a giant leap for boy-kind by competing with a group of adults for the chance to go into space.

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves. When a man steals money from Elijah’s friend, Elijah goes on a dangerous journey in pursuit.

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt serves as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
When 15-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt and winds up protecting the kingdom. (Part of the Ranger's Apprentice series)

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
In a future where only two children are allowed in each family, Luke has lived in fear, until another “third” convinces him that the government is wrong. (Part of the Shadow Children series)

Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer Holm
Ginny’s stuff — report cards, receipts, notes, letters, IMs and school assignments — tells the story of her frequently horrible seventh-grade year.

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Eldest of three sisters, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard, Howl.

Savvy by Ingrid Law
Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her “savvy”--a magical power unique to each member of her family.

Heat by Mike Lupica
Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo has been banned from Little League because rival coaches doubt he is only 12 years old. And, he has no parents to offer them proof.

Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck
Fourteen-year-old tomboy Eleanor “Peewee” McGrath discovers new possibilities for her future after the arrival of four young librarians in her small Indiana town.

The Mostly True Adventure of Homer P. Figg by W.R. Philbrick
Twelve-year-old Homer, a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary adventures after running away from his evil uncle to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War.

Slob by Ellen Potter
Bullied genius Owen tries to invent a television that can see the past to find out what happened the day his parents were killed.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
When Percy learns that he is a half-blood, he goes to demigod camp where he and his new friends try to prevent a war between the gods. (Part of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series)

The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
Holling Hoodhood, a 7th grader, contends with a bully demanding cream puffs, angry rats, and reading Shakespeare outside of class.

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
After the sudden death of their parents, three children must depend on each other and their wits to thwart the distant relative pursuing their fortune. (Part of A Series of Unfortunate Events)

H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Walden
Swept away to a hidden academy for training budding evil geniuses, four friends plot to beat the odds and escape the prison known as H.I.V.E. (Part of the H.I.V.E. series)

The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner.

Dealing With Dragons by Patricia Wrede
Rather than marry a boring prince, Princess Cimerone runs away to become assistant to the dragon Kazul. (Part of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles)

YA Fiction Books

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
When a 12-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back. (Part of the Artemis Fowl series)

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
In 1917, a 16-year-old orphan inherits her uncle’s Montana homesteading claim and travels from Iowa to make a home for herself.

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace. (Part of the Bartimaeus series)

J Award Books

All titles in this section were awarded the Newbery Medal by the American Library Association for distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Twelve-year-old Jack spends the summer of 1962 grounded until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, underage driving, and countless bloody noses.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 12-year old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends 18 years surviving through enormous courage and self-reliance.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The life of a 10-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer. Together they create a hideaway called Terabithia.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

Holes by Louis Sachar
As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Young Jeffrey “Maniac” Magee appears in Two Mills out of nowhere and takes the town by storm.