Suggested Fantasy and Science-Fiction for Sixth Grade


Explore this selection of great sci-fi and fantasy reads. Books are suggested for Sixth Grade, but remember that each reader is different and might find something interesting at another level.

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.

Hive mind by Timothy J. Bradley

Thirteen-year-old Sidney Jamison is bored with school and getting in trouble for taking apart household appliances, but everything changes when he transfers to Sci Hi, where students play Zero-G dodgeball and work together to solve such real-world problems as Colony Collapse Disorder.

The princess of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen

Princess Meglynne of Trelian is to be named heir to the throne, but the kingdom is uneasy about her connection to the dragon Jakl, which is effecting both Meg and Jakl, and Meg wonders if Sen Eva, who tried to have Meg's sister killed, is behind everything.

This illustrated collection includes science fiction short stories and excerpts from longer works by a variety of authors including H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Isaac Asimov.

A tale dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Hansel and Gretel step out of their own story and into eight more tales (based in part on several of Grimms' fairy tales), encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk.

When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or "Smekday" Eve since the Boov invasion), 11 year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her and meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her and save the planet from disaster.

Newly responsible for delivering pizza all over the galaxy, Luno and his friends Clive, an intelligent garlic bulb, and Chooch, a robot pizza oven, go on dangerous deliveries and try to evade those who would steal the Zorgoochi family Golden Anchovy.