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Books for Kids in 6th Grade

Junior Fiction (J/Fic)
These books may be found in the fiction stacks shelved alphabetically by the author’s last name.

J/FIC/Anderson
>Whales On Stilts
Racing against the clock, shy middle-school student Lily and her best friends, Katie and Jasper, must foil the plot of her father's conniving boss to conquer the world using an army of whales.

J/FIC/Balliett
Chasing Vermeer
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.

J/FIC/Creech
Heartbeat
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 distant.

J/FIC/Cushman
Matilda Bone
Fourteen-year-old Matilda, an apprentice bonesetter and practitioner of medicine in a village in medieval England, tries to reconcile the various aspects of her life, both spiritual and practical.

J/FIC/DuPrau
City Of Ember
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 glimpse Unknown Regions

J/FIC/Frederick
Mother Daughter Book Club
When the mothers of four sixth-grade girls with very different personalities pressure them into forming a book club, they find, as they read and discuss "Little Women," that they have much more in common than they could have imagined.

J FIC/Haddix
Because Of Anya
While ten-year-old Anya faces the difficulties of losing her hair to alopecia, her classmate Keely learns how to stand up for what she knows is right.

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

J FIC/Hobbs
Go Big Or Go Home
Fourteen-year-old Brady and his cousin Quinn love extreme sports, but nothing could prepare them for the aftermath of Brady's close encounter with a meteorite after it crashes into his Black Hills, South Dakota, bedroom.

J/FIC/Jones
Howl’s Moving Castle
Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a  misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.

J/FIC/Lasky
>Last Girls of Pompei
Twelve-year-old Julia knows that her physical deformity will keep her from a normal life, but counts on the continuing friendship of her life-long slave, Sura, until they learn that both of their futures in first-century Pompeii are about to change for the worse.

J/FIC/Lupica
Hot Hand
In the wake of his parents' separation, ten-year-old Billy seems to have continual conflicts with his father, who is also his basketball coach, but his quiet, younger brother Ben, a piano prodigy, is having even more trouble adjusting, and only Billy seems to notice.

J/FIC/Murphy
Desperate Journey
In the mid-1800s with both her father and her uncle in jail on an assault charge, Maggie, her brother, and her ailing mother rush their barge along the Erie Canal to deliver their heavy cargo or lose everything.

J/FIC/Pierce
Sandry's Book
Four young misfits find themselves living in a strictly disciplined temple community where they become friends while also learning to do crafts and to use their powers, especially magic.

J SF/Sleator
The Boxes
When she opens two strange boxes left in her care by her mysterious uncle, fifteen-year-old Annie discovers a swarm of telepathic creatures and unleashes a power capable of slowing down time.

J/FIC/Stewart
Mysterious Benedict Society
When an unexplained blackout engulfs Stonetown, Benedict Society members Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance follow clues on an adventure that threatens to separate them from their families, friends, and even one another.

J/FIC/Tarshis
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out Of A Tree
A quirky and utterly logical seventh-grade girl named Emma-Jean Lazarus discovers some interesting results when she gets involved in the messy everyday problems of her peers.

J/FIC/Van Draanen
Flipped
In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.

J/FIC/Whelan
Homeless Bird
When thirteen-year-old Koly enters into an ill-fated arranged marriage, she must either suffer a destiny dictated by India's tradition or find the courage to oppose it.

J FIC White
Memories of Summer
In 1955, thirteen-year-old Lyric finds her whole life changing when her family moves from the hills of Virginia to a town in Michigan and her older sister Summer begins descending into mental illness.

J/FIC/Woodson
Jacqueline Feathers
When a new, white student nicknamed "The Jesus Boy" joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie's growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.

J/FIC/Yee
Millicent Min, girl genius
In a series of journal entries, eleven-year-old child prodigy Millicent Min records her struggles to learn to play volleyball, tutor her enemy, deal with her grandmother's departure, and make friends over the course of a tumultuous summer.

J/398.2/Yep
Tree Of Dreams: Ten Tales From The Garden Of Night
A collection of stories connecting dream stories from around the world serves as a reminder that “dreaming is a bond that unites us”.

 
 
   
 
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