6th Grade Reading Recommendations

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Book Recommendations for Sixth Graders



Anderson, L. H. Fever 1793c2000. Grades 3-12. In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic. YA FIC ANDERSON, L

Applegate, K. The One and Only Ivan. c2012. Grades 3-8. When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life. JUV FIC APPLEGATE, K

Buyea, R. Because of Mr. Terupt. c2010. Grades 3-8. Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt. JUV FIC BUYEA, R

Clements, A. Extra Credit. c2009. Grades 3-8. As letters flow back and forth—between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of Afghanistan, across cultural and religious divides—sixth-grader Abby, ten-year-old Amira, and eleven-year-old Sadeed begin to speak and listen to each other.  JUV FIC CLEMENTS, A

Creech, D. Replay. c2005. Grades 3-8. While preparing for a role in the school play, twelve-year-old Leo finds an autobiography that his father wrote as a teenager and ponders the ways people change as they grow up. JUV FIC CREECH, S

Curtis, C. P. Bud, Not Buddy. c1999. Grades 3-8. 10-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.  JUV FIC CURTIS, C

Dumas, F. It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel. c2016. Grades 4-6. Eleven-year-old Zomorod, originally from Iran, tells her story of growing up Iranian in Southern California during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis of the late 1970s. JUV FIC DUMAS, F
DuPrau, J. The City of Ember (Book of Ember bk 1). c2003. Grades 3-8. In the year 241, 12-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.  JUV SF DUPRAU, J
Erskine, K. Mockingbird. c2010. Grades 6-8. Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father. JUV FIC ERSKINE, K

Farmer, N. The Ear, The Eye, and The Arm. c1994. Grades 3-8. In 2194 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.  YA SF FARMER, N

Federle, T. Better Nate Than Ever (Better Nate Than Ever bk 1). c2013. Grades 3-8. An eighth-grader who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of "E.T." JUV FIC FEDERLE, T

Fleischman, S. Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini. c2006. Grades 6-8. A biography of the magician, ghost chaser, aviator, and king of escape artists whose amazing feats are remembered long after his death in 1926. Profiling his early years, personal life, and great accomplishments in show business, the story of the famous magician, Harry Houdini, comes to life through a review of his greatest tricks and most amazing feats, complete with index, photos, and author's notes.  JUV 927.8 H813F 2006

Hawking, L. George’s Secret Key to the Universe. c2007. Grades 3-8. Follows the adventures of a young boy and his neighbor friend as they travel through a computer portal into outer space, where they explore such mysteries as black holes and the origins of the universe, while trying to evade an evil scientist. JUV SF HAWKING, L

Hiaasen, C. Scat. c2009. Grades 3-12. Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing. JUV M HIAASEN, C

Horowitz, A. Stormbreaker (Alex Rides bk 1). c2001. Grades 3-12. After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6. YA FIC HOROWITZ, A

Korman, G. Schooled. c2007. Grades 6-12. Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie, but when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school. YA FIC KORMAN, G

Lord, C. Rules. c2006. Grades 3-8. Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with a young paraplegic. JUV FIC LORD, C
Martin, A. M. A Corner of the Universe. c2002. Grades 3-8. The summer that Hattie turns twelve, she meets the childlike uncle she never knew and becomes friends with a girl who works at the carnival that comes to Hattie's small town. JUV FIC MARTIN, A

Mass, W. Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. c2006. Grades 6-8. Just before his 13th birthday, Jeremy Fink receives a keyless locked box--set aside by his father before his death 5 years earlier--that purportedly contains the meaning of life. JUV FIC MASS, W

Nielsen, J. A. The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy bk 1). c2010. Grades 6-8. In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war. JUV FIC NIELSEN, J

Sachar, L. Sixth Grade Secrets. c1987. Grades 3-8. When Laura Sibbie starts a club called Pig City, she incites a near-war among her 6th-grade classmates and generates the creation of a rival club that has designs on Pig City. JUV FIC SACHAR, L
Selznick, B. Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures. c2011. Grades 3-12. Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City. There he meets Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben's story is told in words; Rose's in pictures. JUV FIC SELZNICK, B

Sonnenblick, J. Falling Over Sideways. c2016. Grades 6-12. Harassed at her middle school, not taken seriously at home, and with a "perfect" older brother, Matthew, to live up to, thirteen-year-old Claire has always felt like her life was cursed—then one morning, when she and her beloved father are talking at breakfast, her father suddenly falls over with a stroke, and suddenly everything changes. YA FIC SONNENBLICK, J

Stead, R. When You Reach Me. c2009. Grades 6-8. As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space. JUV FIC STEAD, R

Stewart, T. L. The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society bk 1). c2007. Grades 3-8. After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. JUV FIC STEWART, T