Annotated list of book suggestions for 6th graders.
Miniature people who share an old country house with normal size humans, “borrow” things from the humans to furnish their tiny home and put food on their table. Borrowing expeditions are exciting, but staying out of sight of the big humans and avoiding the full-size cat also makes them terrifying and dangerous! Should they stay in their beloved old home under the kitchen clock, or is it time to leave home and find a new place?
Book 1, Borrowers series
Traveling to Antarctica for a prestigious science competition, twelve-year-old Jack and his genius foster siblings, Ava and Matt, become caught up in a mystery involving a missing scientist.
Book 1, Jack and the Geniuses series
Jess Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. And he almost is, until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces him. Leslie’s family is regarded with some curiosity - a family with so many books, and no television! Jess Aarons is disturbed by Leslie, who challenges his accepted order of things, but the two become fast friends and spend most days in the woods behind Leslie's house, where they invent an enchanted land called Terabithia. Then tragedy strikes.
When the pilot of his small plane has a heart attack and the plane crashes, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.
Book 1, Brian series
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Book 1, Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
An oral history that reports, through transcribed recordings, text messages, photographs, illustrations, screenshots, and more, an epic prank war between twelve-year-old twins Reese and Claudia Tapper of New York City.
Book 1, Tapper Twin series
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 Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Book 1, Harry Potter series
Questioning his resolve to attend public school after being homeschooled when he is targeted by a bully, Max aspires to become like his favorite comic book heroes and finds an unexpected opportunity to be the hero his middle school needs.
Book 1, The Misadventures of Max Crumbly series
When challenge-loving April leads the girls on a hike up the TALLEST mountain they've ever seen, things don't go quite as planned. For one, they didn't expect to trespass into the lands of the ancient Cloud People, and did anyone happen to read those ominous signs some unknown person posted at the bottom of the mountain? Also, unicorns...
Book 1, Lumberjanes series
Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached.
When Alfie McQuinn, the notorious jewel thief, is killed on a job, his last words to his son, March, are to "find jewels" and this instruction leads the boy to Jules, the twin sister he never knew he had--and the perfect partner to carry on the family business.
Book 1, Loot series
In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.
Book 1, One Crazy Summer series (Gaither Girls)