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Best Books for 6th Graders

Dive into the most recommended books for 6th graders, as curated from top educational and children's literature blogs. These titles have made multiple appearances on lists for their engaging content suitable for young readers.

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Out of My Mind
Sharon M. Draper - 2010-03-09
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A brilliant mind trapped in a body that won't cooperate. Melody, with cerebral palsy, cannot walk or talk, but has a photographic memory. Her classmates label her as mentally challenged, but Melody refuses to be defined by her disability. Follow her story as she proves them all wrong in a breakthrough novel that will change your view on disabilities forever.
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Louis Sachar - 2000-09-02 (first published in 1998)
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A young boy named Stanley is sent to Camp Green Lake, a detention center where boys are forced to dig holes all day. But as Stanley soon realizes, there's more going on than just character building. With humor and creativity, this modern classic explores themes of crime, punishment, and redemption. Plus, get a sneak peek at the author's other novels.
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Gretchen Rubin
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The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Kelly Barnhill - 2016-08-09
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In a world where the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to a witch, one year a baby is filled with extraordinary magic. The witch, Xan, decides to raise the girl as her own, but as her thirteenth birthday approaches, Luna's magic begins to emerge with dangerous consequences. With deadly birds and a young man determined to kill the witch, tensions rise in a captivating novel that won the 2017 Newbery Medal.
Recommended by
Saladin Ahmed
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A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L'Engle - 2017-11-07 (first published in 1962)
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Embark on a thrilling journey through space and time with Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin as they search for Meg's missing father, a scientist who vanished while working on a secret government project involving a mysterious concept called a tesseract. A Wrinkle in Time is a unique and captivating story that will leave readers on the edge of their seats. Winner of the Newberry Medal in 1963, this book is a must-read for fans of science fiction and adventure.
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When You Reach Me
Rebecca Stead - 2009-07-14
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A suspenseful tale for young readers follows a sixth-grader named Miranda who begins receiving messages from an unknown sender. As the messages become more personal and prove their accuracy by predicting future events, Miranda starts to believe that she holds the key to preventing a tragedy from occurring. But time is running out, and the final note she receives may suggest that it's already too late.
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The War That Saved My Life
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley - 2015-01-08
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Set during the turmoil of World War 2, this inspiring tale of resilience follows young Ada as she escapes her one-room apartment to be with her brother. As she embarks on a new life with a caring caretaker, Ada teaches herself to read and ride a pony, all while keeping watch for German spies. A heart-warming story of family and identity, and a must-read for fans of Number the Stars.
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Al Capone Does My Shirts
Gennifer Choldenko - 2006-04-20 (first published in 2004)
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A young boy and his family move to Alcatraz Island, where his dad works as an electrician for the prison. He joins a community of other kids whose parents work on the island and live surrounded by criminals. Life is anything but ordinary in this unique and unforgettable setting.
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Cynthia Lord - 2006-04-01
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A heartwarming and humorous novel that explores the challenges of feeling different and finding acceptance within a family that revolves around a brother with autism. Follow Catherine as she navigates through the difficulties of teaching David the rules while discovering her own surprising behavior and the true meaning of normal.
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Lisa Fipps - 2021-03-09
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A young girl named Ellie is tired of being shamed about her weight and tries to cope with the "Fat Girl Rules." Her safe space is in the water where she feels weightless and can take up as much space as she wants. Ellie finds allies in her dad, therapist, and new neighbor who support her as she learns to embrace herself and let go of the rules.
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The Lightning Thief
Rick Riordan - 2006-03-01 (first published in 2005)
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Embark on a thrilling adventure as twelve-year-old Percy Jackson sets out to catch a thief who has stolen Zeus' master bolt - the original weapon of mass destruction. Accompanied by a satyr and a daughter of Athena, Percy travels across the United States, facing mythical foes and coming to terms with a father he never knew. Don't miss this quest full of danger, betrayal, and self-discovery.
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
96 Miles by J. L. Esplin
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Giver by Lois Lowry
A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Refugee by Alan Gratz
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
Mia and the Lightcasters by Janelle McCurdy
The Legend of the Dream Giants | The Story of a Girl and a Big Friendly Giant | Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Fantasy of 2022 by Dustin Hansen
Suzanne Collins The Underland Chronicles 5 Books SetGregor The Overlander by Suzanne Collins
Tumble by Celia C. Pérez
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander
The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Invisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Gabriela Epstein
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston
Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat
Wink by Rob Harrell
Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
All of Me by Chris Baron
From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
A Perfect Mistake by Melanie Conklin
Hither & Nigh by Ellen Potter
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Ghost by Jason Reynolds