Kids: Grade 6 Reading List

The following titles, unless otherwise noted, can be found in the Children's Room in Junior Fiction shelved alphabetically by the author's last name.


Alcock, Vivien. TRAVELERS BY NIGHT Determined to save an old elephant from the slaughterhouse, two circus children kidnap the animal and begin a dangerous journey, traveling by night across the English countryside to a safari park where they hope to find the elephant a home.

Alexander, Lloyd. THE PHILADELPHIA ADVENTURE In 1876, on the eve of the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, twenty-year-old Vesper Holly and her friends clash yet again with the archfiend Dr. Helvitius, whose evil schemes plunge them into danger in the wild Pennsylvania countryside.

Alexander, Lloyd . WESTMARK. A boy fleeing from criminal charges falls in with a charlatan, his dwarf attendant, and an urchin girl, travels with them about the kingdom of Westmark, and ultimately arrives at the palace where the king is grieving over the loss of his daughter.

Asch, Frank. HANDS AROUND LINCOLN SCHOOL When sixth grader Lindsay creates the Save the Earth Club at school, her radical methods of enlightening the student body jeopardize her friendship with best friend Amy.

Auch, Mary Jane. OUT OF STEP When his widowed father remarries, Jeremy not only has to adjust to a new stepmother, but also he must cope with a stepsister, Allison, a superb athlete who appears to be taking all of his father's attention from him.

Avi. ROMEO AND JULIET - TOGETHER (AND ALIVE!) AT LAST. The eighth grade's plan to get two reluctant "lovers" together by means of a classroom production of Shakespeare's play has some very unexpected results.

Bacon, Katherine. PIP AND EMMA Twelve-year-old Pip and his younger sister Emma find the summer spent with their grandmother in Vermont affecting them in different ways as they share both pleasant and unpleasant experiences and adventures.

Bova, Benjamin. CITY OF DARKNESS: A NOVEL A teenage boy explores New York, an obsolete city open only to tourists, and becomes involved with the gangs, which fight among themselves for survival.

Brittain, Bill. THE WISH GIVER. Thaddeus Blinn's guarantee that the white card with the red spot will make any wish come true and it does, but not in the way that Polly, Rowena and Adam had intended.

Brown, Irene. WILLOW WHIP In 1918 in Kansas a young girl is determined to make it possible for her constantly moving, tenant farmer family to buy a farm that she has come to love and wants to live on permanently.

Buchan, Stuart. A SPACE OF HIS OWN Released after a term in the state correctional farm, 18-year-old Michael moves in with his father and stepmother and struggles to become his own person.

Burch, Robert. QUEENIE PEAVY. Tormented by taunts that her father is in prison, thirteen-year-old Queenie retaliates by causing a lot of trouble until she discovers something important about her father and herself.

Caney, Steven. STEVEN CANEY'S INVENTION BOOK. (J608C) A project book for the would-be inventor with activities, alist of "contraptions" in need of invention, and the stories behind thirty-six existing inventions.

Carris. Joan. RUSTY TIMMONS' FIRST MILLION Hoping that his awesome moneymaking scheme, a summer youth employment service, will help win back his old friend Dan, seventh-grader Rusty finds instead that it leads to an unexpected new friendship with bossy Ruthann Miller.

Cassedy, Sylvia. M. E. AND MORTON. Eleven-year-old Mary Ella, ashamed that her older brother Morton is a slow learner and longing for a friend of her own, is astonished when the flamboyant new girl on the block picks Morton for a friend.

Cole, Brock. THE GOATS. A boy and girl at camp are both ostracized and left stripped and marooned on a small island for the night by kids who think it is a great joke.

Conford, Ellen. HAIL, HAIL, CAMP TIMBERWOOD. Relates the experiences of a thirteen-year-old girl, Melanie, as she tries to cope with the traumas and pleasures of her first year at summer camp.

Danziger, Paula. EARTH TO MATTHEW. Matthew Martin finds himself on the threshold of becoming a teenager in suburban America and experiences conflicting emotions regarding his future.

Downer, Ann. THE SPELLKEY During a dangerous journey through the Thirteen Kingdoms, a witch girl and an outcast stableboy find their fortunes intertwined with nefarious agents seeking a powerful Spellkey.

Du Bois, W. Pene. PETER GRAVES During a rather hazardous game of follow-the-leader, Peter Graves accidentally destroys the home of the mysterious inventor Houghton Furlong. Determined to earn the money necessary to rebuild the house, Peter decides to market Houghton's inventions.

Durrell, Gerald. THE TALKING PARCEL Three children travel to the land of mythical animals and try to save it from the evil Cockatrices.

Farmer, Nancy. THE EAR, THE EYE, AND THE ARM: A NOVEL 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 search for them.

Field, Rachel. HITTY, HER FIRST HUNDRED YEARS The memoirs of Hitty, an extraordinary and very well traveled wooden doll.

Fine, Anne. FLOUR BABIES When his class of underachievers is assigned to spend three torturous weeks taking care of their own "babies" in the form of bags of flour, Simon makes amazing discoveries about himself while coming to terms with his long-absent father.

Fine, Anne. MY WAR WITH GOGGLE-EYES. Kitty is not pleased with her mother's boyfriend, especially his views on the anti-nuclear issue, until unexpected events prompt her, after all, to help him find his place in the family.

Fisher, Lois. ARIANNA AND ME Thirteen-year-old Rusty has a lot to cope with: a very active baby sitter, her best friend's being angry with her, and a needlecraft class in which she is all thumbs.

Fleischman, Paul. GRAVEN IMAGES. Three intriguing and chilling stories about people whose lives are affected by sculptured objects.

Fleischman, Paul. SATURNALIA. A fourteen-year-old Narragansett Indian, captured in a raid, is apprenticed to a printer in Boston in 1681 and accused of murder.

Fox, Paula. THE VILLAGE BY THE SEA When her father enters the hospital to have open-heart surgery, ten-year-old Emma is sent to Peconic Bay to live with her tormented aunt and finds the experience painful until she meets a friend who suggests making a miniature village in the sand.

Freedman, Russell. CHILDREN OF THE WILD WEST. (J978F) Historical photographs with explanatory text present a picture of life in the American West from 1840 to the early 1900's.

Freedman, Russell. THE WRIGHT BROTHERS: HOW THEY INVENTED THE AIRPLANE. (J629.13F) Follows the lives of the Wright brothers and describes how they developed the first airplane.

Garden, Nancy. FOURS CROSSING Shortly after her mother's death, 13-year-old Melissa goes to live with her grandmother in a small New Hampshire town which is experiencing an odd unending winter.

Garfield, Leon. THE EMPTY SLEEVE Though he dreams of going to sea, fourteen-year-old Peter is not entirely displeased to be apprenticed to a locksmith, especially as it means getting away from his "saintly" twin; but when the ghost of a former apprentice and a murder put him in grave danger, it is only his despised brother who is able to save him.

Greene, Constance. BEAT THE TURTLE DRUM. A young girl learns to copes with her feelings about her sister's accidental death.

Greene, Constance. I KNOW YOU, AL While fighting a losing battle with needlepoint, bangs, and physical nonconformity, Al finds her life further complicated by her father's first visit in years.

Hahn, Mary Downing. DAPHNE'S BOOK As author Jessica and artist Daphne collaborate on a picture book for a seventh-grade English class contest, Jessica becomes aware of conditions in Daphne's home life that seem to threaten her health and safety.

Hamilton, Virginia. ANTHONY BURNS: THE DEFEAT AND TRIUMPH OF A FUGITIVE SLAVE (JBIO) A biography of the slave who escaped to Boston in 1854, was arrested at the instigation of his owner, and whose trial caused a furor between abolitionists and those determined to enforce the Fugitive Slave Acts.

Howker, Janni. ISAAC CAMPION After the death of his idolized older brother, twelve-year-old Isaac's relationship with his horse dealer father grows even worse as he sees his father's obsession with hatred poison their family's life.

Isaacson, Philip. ROUND BUILDINGS, SQUARE BUILDINGS & BUILDINGS THAT WIGGLE LIKE A FISH (JBIO) Explores various architectural styles around the world, depicting churches, fortresses, bridges, air terminals, mills, cliff dwellings, tombs, and lighthouses of particular note.

Klass, Sheila. KOOL ADA. When Ada, a tough, street-fighting transplant from coal-mining country to the Chicago slums, gets the no-nonsense Ms. Walker as a teacher, she learns that there are other ways to stand up for yourself.

Kotzwinkle, William. TROUBLE IN BUGLAND: A COLLECTION OF INSPECTOR MANTIS MYSTERIES Follow Inspector Mantis, of brilliant mind, supersensitive antennae, and iron grip, and his faithful sidekick Doctor Hopper, an accomplished violinist and long-jumper, as they solve difficult cases with clever sleuthing.

Lawson, John. IF PIGS COULD FLY Relates the adventures of Morgan James who, on his way to find a preacher so he can marry Annabel Lee, finds himself involved in a series of events climaxing with helping General Andrew Jackson win an important battle against the British at New Orleans in 1814.

Lawson, Robert. MR. REVERE AND I An account of the life of the Revere family and the activities of the Sons of Liberty as told from the point of view of Paul Revere's horse.

Le Guin, Ursula. TEHANU: THE LAST BOOK OF EARTHSEA. The final book of the Earthsea series where Sparrowhawk, the archmage of Earthsea returns from the dark land stripped of his magic powers to find refuge with the aging widow, Tenar, and a crippled girl who carries an unknown destiny.

Lindbergh, Ann. THE HUNKY-DORY DAIRY Eleven-year-old Zannah befriends the residents of a dairy that has been removed by magic from the nineteenth to the twentieth century.

Lindgren, Astrid . RONIA, THE ROBBER'S DAUGHTER Ronia, who lives with her father and his band of robbers in a castle in the woods, causes trouble when she befriends the son of a rival robber chieftain.

Little, Jean. LITTLE BY LITTLE: A WRITER'S EDUCATION (JBIO) A motivational autobiography of a writer who took on the world with the odds against her.

Lyon, George Ella. RED ROVER, RED ROVER When Sumi's brother leaves for boarding school, her best friend moves away, her grandfather dies, and her mother withdraws into grief, Sumi finds herself facing the beginning of adolescence alone and afraid.

Mahy, Margaret. UNDERRUNNERS. Tris and Winola find the underrunners, a vast network of tunnels, the ideal place to escape their unhappy lives and act out their fantasies, but the tunnels become a dangerous place when invaded by an unseen stranger.

Martin, Anne . TEN KIDS, NO PETS The ten Rosso children, spaced a year apart and named alphabetically, find their life rambunctious and exciting when their family leaves New York City for a big old farmhouse and new friends.

Mayne, William. GIDEON AHOY! Twelve-year-old Eva's chaotic but cheerful family life in a small English town changes when Gideon, her brain-damaged deaf older brother, gets a job opening bridges and locks for the local canalboat

Naylor, Phyllis . ALICE IN RAPTURE, SORT OF. The summer before she enters the seventh grade becomes the summer of Alice's first boyfriend, and she discovers that love is about the most mixed-up thing that can possibly happen to her, especially since she has no mother to go to for advice.

North, Sterling. RASCAL (599.744) The author recalls his carefree life in a small Midwestern town at the close of World War I, and his adventures with his pet raccoon, Rascal.

Park, Ruth. PLAYING BEATIE BOW. Abigail travels back in time and visits a family living in the poor Sydney slums of the 1870's.

Paulsen, Gary. HARRIS AND ME : A SUMMER REMEMBERED Sent to live with relatives on their farm because of his unhappy home life, an eleven-year-old city boy meets his distant cousin Harris and is given an introduction to a whole new world.

Peck, Richard. THE GHOST BELONGED TO ME. An exciting story about Alexander, his friend Blossom Culp, the Ghost, and an 87-year-old adventurer in a series of hair-raising adventures.

Perl, Lila. SLUMPS, GRUNTS AND SNICKERDOODLES: WHAT COLONIAL AMERICA ATE AND WHY. (J641.5P) Examines the diets and culinary innovations of the American colonists and gives thirteen colonial recipes, including succotash, snickerdoodles, and spoon bread.

Rylant, Cynthia. A FINE WHITE DUST. The visit of the traveling Preacher Man to his small North Carolina town gives new impetus to Peter's struggle to reconcile his own deeply felt religious belief with the beliefs and non-beliefs of his family and friends.

Sebestyen, Ouida. WORDS BY HEART A young black girl struggles to fulfill her papa's dream of a better future for their family in the southwestern town where, in 1910, they are the only blacks.

Salisbury, Graham. UNDER THE BLOOD-RED SUN Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

Shura, Mary. POLLY PANIC. When disastrous things happen as Polly enters sixth grade, she finds that in dealing with untrustworthy friends, bullies, and family problems, she has overcome her natural fearfulness.

Smith, Robert Kimmel. THE WAR WITH GRANDPA Peter is thrilled that Grandpa is coming to live with his family. That is, until Grandpa moves right into Peter's room, forcing him upstairs. Peter loves Grandpa but wants his room back and has no choice except to declare war!

Smith, Sherwood. WREN'S WAR Wren and her friends, Connor and Tyron, assist Princess Teressa through civil war and assassination attempts and through enchantments, transformations, and other magicks that change their kingdom forever.

Sutcliff, Rosemary. THE SWORD AND THE CIRCLE. Retells the adventures of King Arthur, Queen Guenever, Sir Lancelot, and other Knights of the Round Table.

Tanaka, Shelley. ANASTASIA'S ALBUM (947.08) Illustrated in scrapbook style with young Anastasia's photos and watercolor paintings, this intimate glimpse brings to life the unspoiled princess of the last of the czars.

Wells, Rosemary. THROUGH THE HIDDEN DOOR. Two young boys stumble upon the remains of an ancient underground mystery.

Yep, Laurence . HIROSHIMA : A NOVELLA Based on real accounts by Hiroshima survivors, the fictional story of twelve-year-old Sachi follows her witness to the devastation in her city as a result of the bombing and describes her healing process as she helps to rebuild her home

Yep, Laurence . THE RAINBOW PEOPLE A collection of twenty Chinese folk tales that were passed on by word of mouth for generations, as told by some old-timers newly settled in the United States.

Yolen, Jane. DRAGON'S BLOOD. Jakkin, a bond boy who works as a keeper in a dragon nursery on the planet Austar IV, secretly trains a fighting pit dragon of his own in hopes of winning his freedom.