6th Grade Suggestions
Located in J FIC:
Christopher, John THE WHITE MOUNTAINS (1967) Will and his companions make a perilous journey to an outpost of freedom to escape huge metal robots.
Cooper, Susan KING OF SHADOWS (1999) While preparing to perform in a replica of the famous Globe Theater in London, Nat finds himself transported back to the year 1599 and performing at the original theater under the tutelage of Shakespeare himself.
Dowell, Frances DOVEY COE (2000) Accused of murder in 1928, Dovey Coe, a strong-willed twelve-year-old girl, comes to a new understanding of others, including her deaf brother.
Farmer, Nancy THE EAR, THE EYE, AND THE ARM (1994) In 2194, Zimbabwe, a general's children are kidnapped and mutant detectives use their special powers to search for them.
Frederick, Heather THE VOYAGE OF PATIENCE GOODSPEED (2002) When their mother dies, a captain brings his children aboard his ship, where a crew member incites mutiny.
George, Jean C. JULIE’S WOLF PACK (1997) The story of Julie’s wolves continues as Kapu must protect his pack from the many dangers of the Arctic.
Hobbs, Will JASON'S GOLD (1999) When news of the discovery of gold in Canada's Yukon Territory in 1897 reaches 15 yr-old Jason, he embarks on a 5,000-mile journey to strike it rich.
Horowitz, Anth. STORMBREAKER (2001) Book 1 in the Alex Rider Adventure Series. After his uncle dies, Alex continues his uncle's work as a spy for Britain's MI6
Hunter, Erin INTO THE WILD (2003) Book 1 in the Warriors Series. Strange deaths start occurring amongst four clans of wild cats; threatening their warrior code.
Jiménez, Fran. THE CIRCUIT: STORIES FROM THE LIFE OF A MIGRANT CHILD (1997) A migrant family endures poverty and backbreaking work as they move from one labor camp to another, hoping to fulfill their dreams.
Korman, Gordon NO MORE DEAD DOGS (2000) An 8th grade football hero is sentenced to detention attending rehearsals of the school play where, in spite of himself, he becomes wrapped up in the show and begins to suggest changes that improve not only the play but his life as well.
Lisle, Janet THE ART OF KEEPING COOL (2000) In 1942, Robert and his cousin Elliott uncover long-hidden family secrets while staying in their grandparents’ Rhode Island town, where they also become involved with a German artist who is suspected of being a spy.
McGraw, Eloise THE MOORCHILD (1996) Concerned that she is neither human nor “Folk,” a young girl becomes a changeling in a village and then must find the human child whose place she has been given.
Napoli, Donna NORTH (2004) Tired of his mother's overprotection,Alvin travels north and spends a season with a trapper near the Arctic Circle.
O’Connor, Barb. ME AND RUPERT GOODY (1999) Eleven-year-old Jennalee is jealous when a slow-thinking black man arrives in her Smoky Mountains community claiming to be the son of Uncle Beau, the owner of the general store and Jennalee’s only friend.
Paolini, Christo. ERAGON (2003) A 15-year-old boy finds a strange stone which brings magic and dragons into his life.
Park, Barbara THE GRADUATION OF JAKE MOON (2000) Fourteen-year-old Jake recalls how he learned to deal with the conflicting emotions resulting from watching his grandfather descend into the horrors of Alzheimer’s disease.
Paterson, Kath. JIP: HIS STORY (1996) Young Jip, abandoned as a baby, lives on a poor farm until he learns his true identity.
Snyder, Zilpha K. GIB AND THE GRAY GHOST (2000) In 1909, after spending several months back at the Lovell House Home for Orphaned and Abandoned Boys, eleven-year-old Gib returns to live on the Thornton ranch, where his natural way with horses helps to make him feel at home.
Wrede, Patricia DEALING WITH DRAGONS (l990) A feisty princess with a mind of her own volunteers to be a servant to a dragon.
Located in YA FIC:
Anderson Laurie FEVER, 1793 (2000) In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.
Colfer, Eoin ARTEMIS FOWL (2001) When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.
Cushman, Karen THE MIDWIFE’S APPRENTICE (1995) In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife.
Hoobler, Dorothy GHOST IN THE TOKAIDO INN (1999) While attempting to solve the mystery of a stolen jewel, Seikei, a merchant’s son who longs to be a Samurai, joins a group of kabuki actors in eighteenth-century Japan.
McCaffrey, Anne DRAGONSONG (1976) Forbidden by her father to indulge in music in any way, a girl
on the planet Pern runs away, taking shelter with the planet’s fire lizards who, along with her music, open a new life for her.
Soto, Gary BASEBALL IN APRIL AND OTHER STORIES (1990) A collection of eleven short stories focusing on the everyday adventures of Hispanic young people growing up in Fresno, California.
Yolen, Jane DEVIL'S ARITHMETIC (1988) Hannah is magically transported to the Holocaust during a 1988 Passover Seder.
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