Riveting Books for Sixth Graders


The following list encompasses the many reading levels found among sixth graders and includes just a sampling of the many outstanding texts available to students.


Adventure and Survival


A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements

Bad Beginning, The by Lemony Snicket

Far Side of the Mountain, The by Jean Craighead George

Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

It's My Life by Michael Harrison

On Banner in the Sky by James Ullman

Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz

Pursuit by Michael French

River, The by Gary Paulsen

Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech

Shipwreck by Gordon Korman

Treasure Island by Robert Stevenson

Woodsong by Gary Paulsen

Wringer by Jerry Spinelli

Zach's Lie by Roland Smith



Animal Stories


Call of the Wild, The by Jack London

Jim Ugly by Sid Fleischman

Kavik, the Wolf Dog by Walt Farley

Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

Red Dog by Bill Wallace

Sable by Karen Hesse

Sounder by William H. Armstrong

Summer of Riley, The by Eve Bunting

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls






Albert Einstein: The Life of a Genius by Elizabeth MacLeod

Barack Obama, Working to Make a Difference by Marlene Targ Brill

Bill Gates by Lauren Lee

Gandhi, Great Soul by John Severance

It Came From Ohio! My Life as a Writer by R.L. Stine

Knots On My Yo-Yo String: The Autobiography of a Kid by Jerry Spinelli

Lost Star, the Story of Amelia Earhart by Patricia Lauber

Martha Graham, A Dancer's Life by Russell Freedman

On the Bike with Lance Armstrong by Matt Christopher

Pride of Puerto Rico: The Life of Roberto Clemente by Paul Robert Walker

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: Shackelton's Amazing Voyage by Jennifer Armstrong

Sojourner Truth by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack

Tomi: A Childhood Under the Nazis by Tomi Ungerer




A Hive for Honeybees by Soinbhe Lally

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede

Dragonsong by Anne McCafffey

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Golden Compass, The by Philip Pullman

Islander, The by Cynthia Rylant

Mossflower by Brian Jacques

Zel by Donna Jo Napoli


Historical Fiction



A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker, The by Cynthia DeFelice

Ballad of Lucy Whipple, The by Karen Cushman

Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

Dragonwings by Lawrence Yep

I Tell a Lie Every So Often by Bruce Clements

Jip, His Story by Katherine Paterson

Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse

Lyddie by Katherine Paterson

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

My Louisiana Sky by Kimberly Willis Holt

Moving Mama to Town by Ronder Thomas Young

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher

Slave Dance, The by Paula Fox

Stowaway by Karen Hesse

Tucket's Ride by Gary Paulsen





Agnes the Sheep by William Taylor

A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck

A Royal Pain by Ellen Conford

How I Spent My Last Night On Earth by Todd Strasser

Make Like a Tree and Leave by Paula Danzinger

No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman

Romeo and Juliet by Avi

Who Ordered the Jumbo Shrimp? and Other Oxymorons by Jon Agee



Informational Text


An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy

Child in Prison Camp by Shizuye Takashima

Bound for the North Star: True Stories of Fugitive Slaves by Dennis Fradin

Great Fire, The by Jim Murphy

Illustrated History of the World: From the Big Bang to the Third Millennium, The by Neil Morris and others

Mosque by David Macaulay

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of the Shackelton and the Endurance by Jennifer Armstrong

Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold by Jean Fritz





A Murder for Her Majesty by Beth Hilgartner

A View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Roberts

Case of the Lion Dance, The by Lawrence Yep

Ghost in the Tokaido Inn, The by Dorothy Hoobler

Going Through the Gate by Janet Anderson

Light on Hogback Hill, The by Cynthia DeFelice

Most Wanted by Jordan Clay

Never Trust a Dead Man by Vivian Velde Vande

Other Side of Dark, The by Joan Nixon

Scared Stiff by Willo Davis Roberts

Something Upstairs by Avi

Tarot Says Beware by Betsy Byars

Wreakers, The by Iain Lawrence




A Suitcase of Seaweed and Other Poems by Janet Wong

Go Hang Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog! by Jon Agee

Journey Through Heartsongs by Mattie Stepanek

Palindromania! by Jon Agee

Raven and Other Poems, The by Edgar Allan Poe

This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort by Georgia Heard

Wham! It's A Poetry Jam by Sara Holbrook


Realistic Fiction


 Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White

Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech

Crash by Jerry Spinelli

Holes by Robert Sachar

How To Be a Real Person (in Just One Day) by Sally Warner

Stranded by Ben Mikaelson



Science Fiction


City of Embers, The by Jeanne DuPrau

Clockwork by Philip Pullman

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

King of Shadows, The by Susan Cooper

Plague by Jean ure

Redwall by Brian Jacques

Running Out of Time by Margaret Haddix Peterson

Skellig by David Almond

Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

Z is for Zachariah by Robert O'Brien




Backfield Package by Thomas Deuker

Ironman by Chris Crutcher 

Over the Wall by John Ritter

S.O.R. Losers by Avi

There's A Girl in My Hammerlock by Jerry Spinelli

Winning by C.S. Adler







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