Awesome Books for 6th Graders

6th Grade Reading Suggestions

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    The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
    by Joan Aiken
    star rating 181 pages
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    Little Women
    by Louisa May Alcott, Camille Cauti
    star rating 528 pages
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    Steal Away
    by Jennifer Armstrong

    Two girls, one black, the other white, flee from the South to the North in a novel set during the Civil War. Reprint.

    star rating 224 pages
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    The book of three
    by Lloyd Alexander
    star rating 216 pages
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    by David Almond

    Feeling helpless to aid his frantic parents when his baby sister falls ill, Michael explores the dilapidated garage of his family's new house, where he ...

    star rating 182 pages
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    by William Howard Armstrong, James Barkley

    A young boy's world is shattered when his father, a poor black sharecropper, is jailed for stealing food for his family.

    star rating 128 pages
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    The true confessions of Charlotte Doyle
    by Avi

    As the only passenger, and the only female, on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, thirteen-year-old Charlotte finds herself caught between a murderous captain and ...

    star rating 215 pages
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    National Velvet
    by Enid Bagnold

    This classic story about spirited Velvet Brown and her beloved horse comes alive in a fresh, up-to-date package that's sure to appeal to new fans.

    star rating 272 pages
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    Chasing Vermeer
    by Blue Balliett
    star rating 304 pages
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    Dillon Dillon
    by Kate Banks
    star rating 160 pages
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    Stand tall
    by Joan Bauer
    star rating 182 pages
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    The Winter People
    by Joseph Bruchac
    star rating 168 pages
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    The secret garden
    by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Graham Rust

    Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.

    star rating 221 pages
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    The Incredible Journey
    by Sheila Burnford

    Two dogs and a cat sustain each other through hardships, hunger, and danger as they travel two hundred and fifty miles to reach home.

    star rating 160 pages
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    The lace dowry
    by Andrea Cheng

    In Hungary in 1936, twelve-year-old Juli befriends the Halas village family of lacemakers--especially their daughter Roza--hired to stitch her dowry, a ...

    star rating 113 pages
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    by Brock Cole
    star rating 224 pages
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    Gregor the Overlander
    by Suzanne Collins

    When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, ...

    star rating 311 pages
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    The Dark Is Rising
    by Susan Cooper

    An eleven-year-old boy searches for six magical signs in order to save the world from the threatening evil of the Dark.

    star rating 256 pages
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    Getting Near to Baby
    by Audrey Couloumbis

    Although thirteen-year-old Willa Jo and her Aunt Patty seem to be constantly at odds, staying with her and Uncle Hob helps Willa Jo and her younger sister come ...

    star rating 211 pages
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    Chasing Redbird
    by Sharon Creech
    star rating 261 pages
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    Bud, Not Buddy
    by Christopher Paul Curtis

    Ten-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 ...

    star rating 256 pages
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    by Karen Cushman
    star rating 215 pages
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    Because of Winn-Dixie
    by Kate DiCamillo

    Upon receiving a special dog from her father, Opal's life greatly changes as the magic of his presence causes old pains to heal and new friendships to form.

    star rating 182 pages
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    The London Eye Mystery
    by Siobhan Dowd

    When Ted and Kat's cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye ferris wheel, the two siblings must work together--Ted with his brain that is "wired differently" ...

    star rating 322 pages
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    The City of Ember
    by Jeanne DuPrau

    In the year 241, twelve-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 ...

    star rating 288 pages
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    Incident at Hawk's Hill
    by Allan W. Eckert

    A shy, lonely six-year-old wanders into the Canadian prairie and spends a summer under the protection of a badger.

    star rating 207 pages
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    The breadwinner
    by Deborah Ellis
    star rating 170 pages
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    The Birchbark House
    by Louise Erdrich

    Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847 ...

    star rating 256 pages
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    The black stallion
    by Walter Farley
    star rating 196 pages
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    The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm
    by Nancy Farmer

    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 ...

    star rating 311 pages
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    Spider Boy
    by Ralph J. Fletcher

    After moving to another state, seventh grader Bobby deals with the change by telling people at school made-up stories and then retreating into his world of pet ...

    star rating 183 pages
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    by Neil Gaiman
    star rating 162 pages
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    Joey Pigza loses control
    by Jack Gantos

    Joey, who is still taking medication to keep him from getting too wired, goes to spend the summer with the hard-drinking father he has never known and tries to ...

    star rating 195 pages
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    My side of the mountain
    by Jean Craighead George
    star rating 177 pages
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    Old Yeller
    by Fred Gipson

    Young Travis faces a test of manhood when his heroic dog is bitten by a mad wolf

    star rating 158 pages
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    The Wind in the Willows
    by Kenneth Grahame, Michael Hague
    star rating 224 pages
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    Among the Hidden
    by Margaret Peterson Haddix
    star rating 153 pages
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    The House of Dies Drear
    by Virginia Hamilton, Eros Keith

    It had a century-oldlegend--two fugitive slaves had been killed by bounty hunters after leaving its passageways, and Dies Drear himself, the abolitionist who ...

    star rating 256 pages
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    King of the Wind
    by Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis
    star rating 176 pages
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    by Carl Hiaasen

    Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing.

    star rating 371 pages
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    My Louisiana sky
    by Kimberly Willis Holt

    Growing up in Saitter, Louisiana, in the 1950s, twelve-year-old Tiger Ann struggles with her feelings about her stern, but loving grandmother, her mentally slow ...

    star rating 200 pages
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    by Brian Jacques
    star rating 351 pages
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    The circuit
    by Francisco Jiménez

    Offers a look at a migrant family, detailing their daily life and the struggles they endured to build an existence on the small opportunities they were given

    star rating 134 pages
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    A cool moonlight
    by Angela Johnson
    star rating 133 pages
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    A Tale of Time City
    by Diana Wynne Jones

    In 1939, an eleven-year-old London girl is kidnapped to Time City, a place existing outside the stream of time and manipulating the history of humanity, where ...

    star rating 336 pages
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    The phantom tollbooth
    by Norton Juster

    A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.

    star rating 255 pages
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    The jungle book
    by Rudyard Kipling
    star rating 210 pages
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    The View from Saturday
    by E. L. Konigsburg
    star rating 176 pages
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    No More Dead Dogs
    by Gordon Korman
    star rating 192 pages
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    Ella Enchanted
    by Gail Carson Levine

    In a first novel and 1998 Newbery Honor Book based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against a childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given ...

    star rating 240 pages
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    The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe
    by C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes

    This is the land of Narnia, said the Faun, 'where we are now; all that lies between the lamp-post and the great castle of Ciar Paravel on the eastern sea.

    star rating 189 pages
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    The call of the wild
    by Jack London, Wendell Minor
    star rating 128 pages
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    The giver
    by Lois Lowry

    Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the ...

    star rating 179 pages
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    Travel team
    by Mike Lupica
    star rating 274 pages
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    Anne of Green Gables
    by Jody Lee

    Anne is an orphan who is delivered, by mistake, instead of a boy, to a lonely middle-aged brother ...

    star rating 382 pages
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    Island of the Blue Dolphins
    by Scott O'Dell
    star rating 192 pages
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    The Island on Bird Street
    by Uri Orlev

    During World War II a Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a ruined house in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he must learn all the tricks of survival under ...

    star rating 162 pages
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    Jacob have I loved
    by Katherine Paterson
    star rating 216 pages
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    by Gary Paulsen, Drew Willis

    Headed for Canada to visit his father for the first time since his parents' divorce, thirteen-year-old Brian is the sole survivor of a plane crash, with only ...

    star rating 188 pages
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    A long way from Chicago
    by Richard Peck
    star rating 148 pages
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    Lady knight
    by Tamora Pierce
    star rating 429 pages
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    The True Meaning of Smekday
    by Adam Rex
    star rating 432 pages
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    Becoming Naomi Leon
    by Pam Muñoz Ryan

    Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw, an 11-year-old, and her disabled younger brother Owen live with their great-grandmother Gram in a ...

    star rating 246 pages
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    Missing May
    by Cynthia Rylant

    After the death of the beloved aunt who has raised her, twelve-year-old Summer and her uncle Ob leave their West Virginia trailer in search of the strength to ...

    star rating 89 pages
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    Goodbye, Billy Radish
    by Gloria Skurzynski
    star rating 138 pages
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    There's a girl in my hammerlock
    by Jerry Spinelli
    star rating 199 pages
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    Roll of thunder, hear my cry
    by Mildred D. Taylor
    star rating 276 pages
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    The Cay
    by Theodore Taylor
    star rating 144 pages
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    The land
    by Mildred D. Taylor

    After the Civil War Paul, the son of a white father and a black mother, finds himself caught between the two worlds of colored folks and white folks as he ...

    star rating 375 pages
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    Lad: A Dog
    by Albert Payson Terhune, Sam Savitt

    Recounts the heroic and adventurous life of a thoroughbred collie who was devoted to his Sunnybank Master and Mistress.

    star rating 286 pages
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    Surviving the Applewhites
    by Stephanie S. Tolan

    Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family's Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and ...

    star rating 224 pages
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    Dicey's song
    by Cynthia Voigt

    Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and ...

    star rating 196 pages
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    Angel on the square
    by Gloria Whelan
    star rating 293 pages
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    Goodbye, Vietnam
    by Gloria Whelan
    star rating 135 pages
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    The Swiss Family Robinson
    by Johann David Wyss
    star rating 336 pages