6th Grade

 

The following titles may be enjoyed by Sixth Graders. All readers are at different levels and have different interests, so not all titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, all readers. For additional recommendations ask at the Children's Reference Desk.

Fiction

Fiction books for Sixth Graders can be found in a variety of locations, including J FICTION and KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL. Click on each title for location and availability.

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new friends in the art club, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member.

 

Interested in reading a story that takes place in a different time period? Try checking out one of these historic tales. Books are suggested for Sixth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Call it courage by Armstrong Sperry

Mafatu, a young Polynesian boy whose name means Stout Heart, overcomes his terrible fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his people.

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.  Decades later three children--Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California--find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.

Looking for a good read in a comic book format? Try checking out one of these daring graphic novels. Books are suggested for Sixth Grade, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

The kids of the Academy of Planetary Evolution race from the Cenozoic era to the modern age, but when the Bone Wars of the late 1800s threaten to break over into modern times, Jenna, Caleb, and Ari find themselves in a fight alongside some of history's most notable figures as they race to ensure the safety of the world's history, and its future.

In 1941, ten-year-old Joseph Joffo and his older brother, Maurice, must hide their Jewish heritage and undertake a long and dangerous journey from Nazi-occupied Paris to reach their other brothers in the free zone.

Battling Boy by Paul Pope

As monsters roam Acropolis and swallow children into their shadowy underworld, twelve-year-old superhero Battling Boy steps in to save the city in the absence of genius vigilante Haggard West.

 

Looking for action, adventure, or survival? Try checking out one of these daring tales. Books are suggested for Sixth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Also available in: e-audiobook

Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.

Between Heaven and Earth by Eric Walters
Also available in: e-book

DJ climbs Mount Kilimanjaro to scatter his beloved grandfather's ashes.

Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

When the original Star Spangled Banner is stolen, seventh-graders Anne, José, and Henry, all descendants of the Silver Jaguar Society, pursue suspects on airport carts and through baggage handling tunnels while stranded at a Washington, D.C., airport during a snowstorm.

A weird web site provides Kilgore Junior High students and best friends Matt and Craz the opportunity to make their cartoons become real--with some unexpected and dire consequences.

When his weekly allowance just isn't cutting it anymore, lovable slacker Charlie Joe devises ways to make more money.

While older sister Alex is trying to orchestrate a perfect first kiss with her heartthrob and younger sister Joey prefers frogs to boys, Stevie Reel wonders if she is ready for a boyfriend while being pursued by a new boy in her class.

Codename Zero by Chris Rylander

Spies and humor mix together when a desperate man in a nondescript black suit asks thirteen-year-old Carson Fender to deliver a mysterious package for him, and the middle schooler discovers there's something going on in his sleepy North Dakota hometown.

The ascension : a Super human clash by Michael Owen Carroll

Teenagers with super powers must try to stop a villain who has travelled from the past in order to irreversibly alter reality.

The cloak society by Jeramey Kraatz

Alex Knight, a twelve-year-old in training to be a supervillain in the elite Cloak Society, becomes friends with a young superhero and begins to question where his loyalty lies.

Convergence by Stan Lee

Follows the experiences of a Chinese-American teen who is thrown into the middle of an epic global chase involving the release of twelve magical superpowers.

Twelve-year-old Vincent and his fellow members of the Captain Stupendous Fan Club help out when someone new becomes Earth's most famous superhero, without knowing anything about him, just as evil Professor Mayhem and his robot arrive in Copperplate City.

While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.

The disappearing by Jennifer Torres

Tim, Max, Emily, Luke, and Nina, learn that their quiet town of Briny Deep isn't as safe as they once thought. With children vanishing, they need to find answers before all their friends disappear.

In 2194 in Zimbabwe, General Matsika's three children are kidnapped and put to work in a plastic mine while three mutant detectives use their special powers to search for them.

The emerald atlas by John Stephens

Kate, Michael, and Emma have passed from one orphanage to another in the ten years since their parents disappeared to protect them, but now they learn that they have special powers, a prophesied quest to find a magical book, and a fearsome enemy.

 

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Books are suggested for Sixth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

In this graphic novel-style biography, discover how Annie Sullivan, who was visually impaired herself, bridged the seemingly insurmountable communication gulf for the deaf and blind Helen Keller. The dynamic interplay between words and images conveys how someone could learn to communicate without access to either.

Also available in: audiobook

Sonia's dream of becoming an actress keeps her afloat among the turbulence of her life and times. Spiced with culture, heartache, and humor, this memoir paints a lasting portrait of a girl's resilience as she grows up to become an inspiration to millions - Maria from Sesame Street.

Discover the story of the Canadian woman who disguised herself as a man and slipped behind Confederate lines to spy for the Union army.

Sixth Grade Books

The escape from home by Avi

Egg-drop blues by Jacqueline Turner Banks

The lost years of Merlin by T.A. Barron

The ghost in the mirror by John Bellairs ; completed by Brad Strickland

My brother Sam is dead [by] James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier by Collier, James Lincoln, 1928-

Into the land of the unicorns by Bruce Coville

Walk two moons by Sharon Creech

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