Books Every Sixth Grader Should Know

Squashed By Bauer, Joan, 1951- Paperback - 2001 YA BAU Available in some locations

Annotation:As a 16-year-old pursues her two goals–growing the biggest pumpkin in Iowa and losing 20 pounds herself–she strengthens her relationship with her father and meets a young man with interests similar to her own.

Who Knew There'd Be Ghosts?
Who Knew There'd Be Ghosts? By Brittain, Bill Book - 1985 J BRI Available in some locations

Annotation:Three spunky youngsters join forces with two lively ghosts to save a historic mansion from being destroyed by a crooked antique dealer.

A Little Princess
A Little Princess By Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924. Paperback - 2001 J BUR Available in some locations

Annotation:Sara Crewe, a pupil at Miss Minchin’s London school, is left in poverty when her father dies, but then rescued by a mysterious benefactor.

The Burning Questions of Bingo Brown
The Burning Questions of Bingo Brown By Byars, Betsy Cromer Book - 1988 J BYA Available in some locations

Annotation:A boy is puzzled by the comic and confusing questions of youth and worried by disturbing insights into adult conflicts.

The Dark Is Rising
The Dark Is Rising By Cooper, Susan, 1935- Book - 1973 J COO Available in some locations

Annotation:On his 11th birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark.

Among the Hidden
Among the Hidden By Haddix, Margaret Peterson Book - 2000

Annotation:In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his 12 years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm, until another “third” convinces him that the government is wrong.

The House of Dies Drear
The House of Dies Drear By Hamilton, Virginia Book - 1968 J HAM Available in some locations

Annotation:A black family tries to unravel the secrets of their new home which was once a stop on the Underground Railroad.

My Louisiana Sky
My Louisiana Sky By Holt, Kimberly Willis Book - 1998 J HOL All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Growing up in Saitter, Louisiana, in the 1950s, 12-year-old Tiger Ann struggles with her feelings about her stern, but loving grandmother, her mentally slow parents, and her good friend and neighbor, Jesse.

Redwall By Jacques, Brian Book - 2002 YA JAC Available in some locations

Annotation:When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall’s inhabitants destroy the enemy.

The View From Saturday
The View From Saturday By Konigsburg, E. L. Book - 1996 JR KON In-library use only at this time in some locations

Annotation:Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.

Ella Enchanted
Ella Enchanted By Levine, Gail Carson Book - 1997 J LEV Available in some locations

Annotation:In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order that she’s given.

The Moorchild
The Moorchild By McGraw, Eloise Jarvis Book - 1996 J MACG Available in some locations

Annotation:Feeling that she is neither fully human nor “Folk,” a changeling learns her true identity and attempts to find the human child whose place she had been given.

Outrageously Alice
Outrageously Alice By Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Book - 1997

Annotation:Alice is in eighth grade, and, while she wants her life to be exciting and outrageous, she also wants to feel protected and safe.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh By O'Brien, Robert C. Paperback - 1986 J OBR Available in some locations

Annotation:Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.

The Monument
The Monument By Paulsen, Gary Book - 1993

Annotation:Thirteen-year-old Rocky, self-conscious about the braces on her leg, has her life changed by the remarkable artist who comes to her small Kansas town to design a war memorial.

The Westing Game
The Westing Game By Raskin, Ellen Paperback - 2005 J RAS Available in some locations

Annotation:The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

Where the Red Fern Grows
Where the Red Fern Grows The Story of Two Dogs and A Boy By Rawls, Wilson Book - 1996 J RAW Available in some locations

Annotation:In the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country, Billy trains his two dogs to be the finest hunting team in the valley, proving their loyalty and bravery in the face of danger.

The View From the Cherry Tree
The View From the Cherry Tree By Roberts, Willo Davis Book - 1998

Annotation:Rob admits having seen a murder, but no one believes him—except the murderer.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone By Rowling, J. K. Book - 1998 J ROW All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

Holes By Sachar, Louis, 1954- Paperback - 2000 YA SAC Available in some locations

Annotation:As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

Timothy of the Cay
Timothy of the Cay By Taylor, Theodore, 1921-2006. Paperback - 1993 J TAY Available in some locations

Annotation:Having survived being blinded and shipwrecked on a tiny Caribbean island with the old black man Timothy, 12-year-old white boy Phillip is rescued and hopes to regain his sight with an operation. Alternate chapters follow the life of Timothy from his days as a young cabin boy.

Dicey's Song
Dicey's Song By Voigt, Cynthia Book - 1982 YA VOI In-library use only in some locations

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

Bat 6
Bat 6 A Novel By Wolff, Virginia Euwer Paperback - 1999 J WOL Available in some locations

Annotation:In small town, post-World War II Oregon, 21 sixth grade girls recount the story of an annual softball game, during which one girl’s bigotry comes to the surface.

The Man Who Loved Clowns
The Man Who Loved Clowns By Wood, June Rae Book - 1995

Annotation:Thirteen-year-old Delrita, whose unhappy life has caused her to hide from the world, loves her uncle Punky but sometimes feels ashamed of his behavior because he has Down syndrome.

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