Suggested Novels for 6th Graders
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Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay
10-yr.-old Miguel - at first embarrassed by his colorful aunt, Tia Lola, when
she comes from the Dominican Republic to live with his family - grows to love
- The Dark Pond
by Joseph Bruchac
After he feels an eery force drawing him towards a pond in the woods, Armi
searches old Native American tales for help in learning about the dangerous
monster lurking in the dark water.
- Samir and Yonatan
by Daniella Carmi
Samir, a Palestinian boy, is frightened and lonely when circumstances find him
in an Isreali hospital ward.
- Granny Torrelli Makes Soup
by Sharon Creech
A warm kitchen filled with spicy flavors and tasty food sets the scene for
this novel celebrat-ing friendship and family ties.
- The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis
The ordinary routines of the Watsons, an African
American family living in Michigan, change drastically when they visit their
grandma in Alabama during the summer of 1963.
- Catherine Called Birdy
by Karen Cushman
The 13-yr.-old daughter of an
English country knight keeps a journal. She writes in funny detail about the
trials of being a girl in the Middle Ages.
- Bindi Babes (Series)
Three spunky, Indian-British sisters
team up to marry off their traditional aunt and get her out of the house.
by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
12-yr.-old Anand, living in poverty
in India, is given the task of returning a mystical conch shell to its
rightful home. Will his quest succeed?
- Sees Behind Trees
A Native American boy with a special
gift to "see" beyond his poor eyesight journeys with an old warrior
to a land of mystery and beauty.
- Heads or Tails: Stories from Sixth Grade (Series)
by Jack Gantos
diary helps him deal with his problems, which include dog-eating alligators,
and a terrible older sister.
- Nory Ryan's Song
by Patricia Reilly Giff
When a terrible blight attacks
Ireland's potato crop in 1845, 12-yr.-old Nory Ryan's courage and
resourcefulness help her family and neighbor's survive.
- Pure Dead Magic (Series)
by Debi Gliori
When their father is kidnapped, the
Strega-Borgia children, their nanny and a giant spider, use magic and the
Internet to reunite the family and bring happiness to their Scottish castle.
- Jazmin's Notebook
by Nikki Grimes
Jazmin, an African-American teenager who
lives with her older sister in a small Harlem apartment finds strength in
writing poetry and keeping a record of the1960's events occurring around her.
- Gold Dust
by Chris Lynch
In 1975, 12-yr.-old Richard befriends Napoleon, a
Caribbean newcomer to his Catholic school. Richard, a huge Red Sox fan,
determines that he and his new friend will become the best baseball players
ever - even if they have to fight against racial hostility in their
- Eragon (Series)
by Christopher Paolini
In Aagaesia, a 15-yr.-old boy called
Eragon finds a mysterious stone that embarks him on an adventure filled with
dragons, elves and monsters.
- Time Hackers
by Gary Paulsen
A 7th-grader opens his locker and finds a dead
body which disappears seconds later. Dorso and buddy, Frank, find themselves
involved in a bizarre, time-travel game - should they try to find the
- Trickster's Choice (Series)
by Tamora Pierce
In this fantasy adventure, Aly
is sold into slavery, makes a wager with the Trickster god Kyprioth to
safeguard two Copper-Isles princesses, and becomes a spy master.
- Becoming Naomi Leon
by Pam Muņoz Ryan
When Naomi's absent mother reappears
to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her great- grandmother and little
brother in search of her father.
- Taking Sides
by Gary Soto
Soto's story explores the divided loyalties of a
Hispanic basketball player, Lincoln Mendoza, who has recently moved from the
barrio to tree-lined suburbia.
by Jerry Spinelli
An eccentric, startlingly different new student
named Stargirl enters Mica High School and changes it, and Leo Borlock,
- Tonight, By Sea
by Frances Temple
As government brutality and poverty become
unbearable, Paulie joins with others in her small Haitian village to help her
uncle secretly build a boat they will use to try to escape to the United
- Surviving the Applewhites
by Stephanie S. Tolan
Jake, a budding young
delinquent, is sent to live with the arty, odd Applewhite family where he
discovers talents and interests he never knew he had.
- Sammy Keyes and the Art
of Deception (Series)
by Wendelin Van Draanen
7th-grade sleuth, Sammy Keyes,
investigates mysterious happenings at a local art gallery.
- Goodbye, Vietnam
by Gloria Whelan
13-yr.-old Mai and her family embark on a
dangerous sea voyage from Vietnam to Hong Kong to escape the often brutal
- The Gourmet Zombie (Series)
by Paul Zindel
The most famous chefs in New York
are dropping like flies - each seem to die accidentally. Sleuths P.C. Hawke
and Mackenzie solve the crimes.