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Awesome Books for 6th Graders

 

Fiction

Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi

Pete is a typical kid living in Brooklyn until the Red Scare of the 1950’s upends his life.  Pete finds himself trying to unravel a family mystery while the FBI is trying to turn his family members against each other.

 

The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend's death.

 

The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs by Cylin Busby

From his cat’s-eye perspective, this is the story of cat Jacob Tibbs, runt of the litter, and his exploits on the high seas as a ship's mouser.

 

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you're in the eighth-grade. Norbert Dorfman, nicknamed Dunkin Dorfman, is bipolar and has just moved from the New Jersey town he's called home for the past thirteen years. This would be hard enough, but the fact that he is also hiding from a painful secret makes it even worse. One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change.

 

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones

Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family's move to her Great Uncle Jim's farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.

 

A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

When Bilal's family suddenly moves to America, his father stays in Pakistan, and Bilal embraces baseball, an unexpected friend, and a new language. But this new way of life does not feel so special without Baba--will he ever get to America to see Bilal pitch a game?

 

Click Here to Start by Denis Markell

When Ted inherits his uncle's apartment "and all the treasure within," he realizes the apartment is set up like a real-life video game and must solve the puzzles with his friends to discover the treasure.

 

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

5 rad, butt-kicking best friends spend a fun summer at Lumberjane scout camp for hard-core lady types where they encounter yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons while solving a mystery that holds the fate of the world in the balance.

 

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

Series: Sixties Trilogy, Book 2

Struggling to adapt within her newly blended family in 1964 Mississippi, young Sunny witnesses increasingly scary community agitation when activists from the North arrive in town to help register African Americans to vote.

 

 

Nonfiction

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg

Over the course of history, men and women have lived and died. In fact, getting sick and dying can be a big, ugly mess- especially before the modern medical care that we all enjoy today. How They Croaked relays all the gory details of how nineteen world figures gave up the ghost. Readers will be interested well past the final curtain, and feel lucky to live in a world with painkillers, X-rays, soap, and 911.

 

Legends:  The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Football by Howard Bryant

This book recounts momentous stories of football’s past and present.  Includes photographs, a top 40-style timeline of key moments, and a comprehensive collection of 20 of the greatest Super Bowls in NFL history.

 

Nubs: the True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, & a Miracle by Brian Dennis

Nubs, an Iraqi dog of war, never had a home or a person of his own. But Nub’s life changed when he met Marine Major Brian Dennis. Follow Nubs on his incredible journey across 70 miles of freezing desert to his final flight to San Diego!

 

Ugly by Robert Hoge

Robert Hoge was born with a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs, but he refused to let what made him different stand in the way of leading a happy, successful life. This is the true story of how he embraced his circumstances and never let his "ugly" stop him from focusing on what truly mattered."

 

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose

Documents the survival tale of an intrepid shorebird who has endured annual migrations between Argentina and the Canadian Arctic throughout the course of a long lifetime, while his species continues to decline.

 

I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters by Lauren Tarshis

From the author of the I Survived series come five harrowing true stories of survival featuring kids in the midst of epic disasters who, against all odds, lived to tell their stories.  Includes the following:  The Children’s Blizzard of 1888, The Titanic Disaster of 1912, The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919, The Japanese Tsunami of 2011, and the Henryville Tornado of 2012.

 

 
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