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Titles with a plus (+) can be found in the children’s fiction.

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

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

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

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

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