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Titles with a YA, can be found in the Young Teens Area. Dillon Dillon / Kate Banks + During the summer that he turns ten years old, Dillon Dillon learns the surprising story behind his name and develops a relationship with three loons, living on the lake near his family's New Hampshire cabin, that help him make sense of his life. Skeleton man / Joseph Bruchac + After her parents disappear and she is turned over to the care of a strange "great-uncle," Molly must rely on her dreams about an old Mohawk story for her safety and maybe even for her life. (Also enjoy Return of Skeleton Man) Al Capone does my shirts / Gennifer Choldenko + A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister. Heartbeat / Sharon Creech + Twelve-year-old Annie ponders the many rhythms of life the year that her mother becomes pregnant, her grandfather begins faltering, and her best friend (and running partner) becomes distant. Fire Bringer / David Clement-Davies YA "Fire Bringer" tells the story of Rannoch, a fawn born with the mark of the oak leaf on his forehead .According to an ancient prophecy, it is this fawn's courage that will lead all the deer to freedom. Chased from the herd by stags,Rannoch begins a treacherous journey in search of the truth. He knows that one day he must face his destiny--but will he live to fulfill it? The breadwinner / Deborah Ellis YA Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan. As conditions for the family grow desperate, Parvana must transform herself into a boy and become the breadwinner. The Sea of Trolls / Nancy Farmer YA After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls.
Inkheart / Cornelia Funke + Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service. Pictures of Hollis Woods / Patricia Reilly Giff + A troublesome twelve-year-old orphan, staying with an elderly artist who needs her, remembers the only other time she was happy in a foster home, with a family that truly seemed to care about her. Stowaway / Karen Hesse YA A fictionalized journal relates the experiences of a young stowaway from 1768 to 1771 aboard the Endeavor which sailed around the world under Captain James Cook. Hoot / Carl Hiaasen +mys Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site. The seeing stone / Kevin Crossley-Holland YA In late twelfth-century England, a thirteen-year-old boy named Arthur recounts how Merlin gives him a magical seeing stone which shows him images of the legendary King Arthur, the events of whose life seem to have many parallels to his own. Penny from heaven / by Jennifer L. Holm + As she turns twelve during the summer of 1953, Penny gains new insights into herself and her family while also learning a secret about her father's death. Everything on a waffle / Polly Horvath + Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea. Stormbreaker / Anthony Horowitz YA 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. (First in the Alex Rider series)
Any small goodness : a novel of the barrio / Tony Johnston + Arturo and his family and friends share all kinds of experiences living in the barrio of East Los Angeles--reclaiming their names, playing basketball, championing the school librarian, and even starting their own gang. Weedflower / Cynthia Kadohata YA After twelve-year-old Sumiko and her Japanese-American family are relocated from their flower farm in southern California to an internment camp on a Mojave Indian reservation in Arizona, she helps her family and neighbors, becomes friends with a local Indian boy, and tries to hold on to her dream of owning a flower shop. Silent to the bone / E.L. Konigsburg + When he is wrongly accused of gravely injuring his baby half-sister, thirteen-year-old Branwell loses his power of speech and only his friend Connor is able to reach him and uncover the truth about what really happened. Fairest / Gail Carson Levine + In a land where beauty and singing are valued above all else, Aza eventually comes to reconcile her unconventional appearance and her magical voice, and learns to accept herself for who she truly is. Rules / Cynthia Lord + 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 an young paraplegic. Indigo's star / Hilary McKay YA Spurred on by his youngest sister, Rose, twelve-year-old Indigo sticks up for himself and an American boy who has replaced him as the primary target of the school bullies. (Sequel to Saffy’s Angel) Saffy's angel / by Hilary McKay YA After learning that she was adopted, thirteen-year-old Saffron's relationship with her eccentric, artistic family changes, until they help her go back to Italy where she was born to find a special momento of her past. Airborn / Kenneth Oppel YA 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.
A single shard / Linda Sue Park + Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself. Molly McGinty has a really good day / Gary Paulsen + When supremely organized seventh-grader, Molly McGinty, loses the notebook she relies on to keep her life in order she spends the day in chaos. Becoming Naomi Leon / Pam Mu~noz Ryan + When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father. Dragon keeper / Carole Wilkinson YA An orphan slave girl becomes a Dragon Keeper when she heroically comes to the aid of an aging dragon and both go on a dangerous journey across China to protect a mysterious stone vital to the dragon's legacy. Tanglewreck / Jeanette Winterson + Eleven-year-old Silver sets out to find the Timekeeper--a clock that controls time--and to protect it from falling into the hands of two people who want to use the device for their own nefarious ends. Other Sixth Grade Favorites Susan Cooper Dark Is Rising Margaret Haddix Among the Hidden Virginia Hamilton House of Dies Drear Kimberly Holt My Louisiana Sky Brian Jacques Redwall E. L. Konigsburg View from Saturday Gordon Korman Chicken Doesn't Skate Gail Levine Ella Enchanted Gail Lynch Slot Machine Eloise McGraw Moorchild Phyllis Naylor Outrageously Alice Robert O'Brien Mrs. Frisbee and the Rats of Nimh Gary Paulsen Monument Ellen Raskin Westing Game Wilson Rawls Where the Red Fern Grows Willo Roberts View from the Cherry Tree J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Louis Sachar Holes Eleanora Tate Secret of Gumbo Grove Theodore Taylor Timothy of the Cay Cynthia Voigt Dicey's Song Virginia Wolff Bat 6