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 Crossover by Kwame Alexander (J-Award)
Twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

Posted by John David Anderson
When cell phones are banned, students start communicating through sticky notes left all over the school, triggering a wave of bullying activities.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Charlotte is excited to return home from her school in England. But when the two families she was supposed to travel with mysteriously cancel their trips, she finds herself the lone passenger on a sea voyage with a cruel captain and a mutinous crew.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (J-Award)
In this epic fantasy about a girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster and a perfectly tiny dragon, Luna must learn to manage the powerful magic buried deep inside her.

All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg
Two years after being airlifted out of war-torn Vietnam, Matt is haunted by a terrible secret. Now, in a loving adopted home in the U.S., and over the course of a baseball season, a series of events forces him to confront his past to heal.

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
Following a divorce, Addie and her mother move into a trailer on the edge of Schenectady, New York. Addie yearns to be with her beloved stepfather and half-sisters.

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Super-sized 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 his 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)

The List by Patricia Forde
The city of Ark is the last safe place on Earth, a place where everyone now speaks List. Everyone except Letta, the Wordsmith’s apprentice. When her master disappears, Letta is faced with a dangerous choice: watch language slip away or follow a stranger on a path to freedom...or banishment.

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
Ben may only be in middle school, but he’s already pegged his dream job: C.I.A. or nothing! One day, Ben is recruited for a magnet school with a focus on science that’s actually a front for a junior C.I.A. academy. Could the C.I.A. really want him? (Spy School series)

The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz
Crossing paths at an inn, 13th-century travelers impart the tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound - the three of whom join forces on a chase through France to escape persecution.

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)

Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
Rose Lee Carter dreams of life beyond the cotton fields. But when Emmett Till is murdered and his killers are unjustly acquitted, Rose is torn between leaving Mississippi or staying and being a part of an important movement.

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Sophie worked in her father’s hat shop, until the Witch of the Waste came in to buy a bonnet. She was not pleased and turned Sophie into an old lady in an act of spiteful witchery. Sophie must meet the Witch of the Waste head-on.

Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
Now that they’re in middle school, Amina’s best friend is hanging out with the “cool” girls and talking about changing her name to something more “American." As Amina grapples with her identity, an act of hatred against her mosque raises the stakes of being a Muslim girl in America.

Savvy by Ingrid Law
For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a special power that appears at their 13th birthday. Now on the eve of Mibs’s big day, she goes on an odyssey that forces her to make sense of growing up — and of others who have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin.

The Giver by Lois Lowry (J-Award)
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.

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina (J-Award)
When Merci begins the 6th grade she knows things will change, but she didn’t count on her grandfather acting strangely, not fitting in at her school and dealing with Edna Santos’ jealousy.

The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (J-Award)
Jess and Leslie become fast friends and spend most days in the woods, where they invent an enchanted land. One morning, Leslie goes to Terabithia without Jess and a tragedy occurs.

Slob by Ellen Potter
Owen is a genius who invents cool contraptions, like a TV that shows the past. But it will take more than science for Owen to see the answers are not in the past, but the present.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (J-Award)
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.

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)

Holes by Louis Sachar (J-Award)
Stanley is under a curse that began with his grand-father. When he is unjustly sent to a detention center where the warden makes the boys “build character” by spending all day digging holes, he realizes there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake.

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)

The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish
Ethan was always ready for adventure, but that was before the accident that took his best friend. When his family moves to small-town Georgia, he meets Coralee. She may be just the friend he needs, except her secrets are catching up with her, putting both their lives at risk.

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
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 Cimorene 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 Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London. (Lockwood & Co. series)

J Graphic Novels

Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
Jack dreads summer because his mom has to work and leaves him with his boring little sister who is autistic and doesn’t talk. Ever. But one day while at a flea market, she tells Jack to trade their mom’s car for a box of mysterious seeds. (Mighty Jack series)

Real Friends by Shannon Hale
When her best friend starts hanging out with the most popular girl in class, Shannon questions whether they will stay friends.