Great Reads for Kids 11 and up (6th Grade)

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I feel like I am repeating myself but I can’t help it. Before you explore this list, check out the previous age categories first because those lists contain a lot of books for this age group but perhaps they could be enjoyed by a 9- or 10-year-old already so the book is there and not here. Check out Books My Daughter Read in 6th Grade because I no longer list them here if she read them.

The View from Saturday
the view from saturday

A Wizard of Earthsea For a list of books in The Earthsea Cycle series click here.
a wizard of earthsea

A Spell for Chameleon Click here for a list of books in the Xanth series.
a spell for chameleon

Tarzan of the Apes
tarzan of the apes

Inkheart  For a list of books in the Inkworld Trilogy click here.
inkheart

A Year Down Yonder 
a year down yonder

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
the witch of blackbird

The Princess Bride
the princess bride

Chasing Redbird
chasing redbird

Wringer
wringer

Gossamer
gossamer

Red Kayak
red kayak

The Cabinet of Wonders For reviews and a list of books in The Kronos Chronicles series click here.
cabinet of wonders

The Westing Game I read the book to my kids when they were in 4th and 6th grade.
westing game

Yellow Star
yellow star

Peter and the Starcatchers  For a list of books in this series click here.
peter and the starcatcher

Good Night, Mr. Tom
good night, mr tom

Old Yeller
old yeller

Chains (The Seeds of America Trilogy)
chains

Forge (The Seeds of America Trilogy)
forge

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry  For a list of books in this series click here.
roll of thunder

The Door in the Wall This book has mixed reviews but so many people loved it that it is worth mentioning here.
the door in the wall

Harris and Me
harris and me

Things Not Seen
things not seen

The Egypt Game  I read it with my kids when they were in 5th and 3rd grade.
the egypt game

One Came Home
one came home

Kira-Kira
kira kira

The Unwanteds For a list of books in the Unwanteds series click here. My son read this series in 2nd or 3rd grade.
the unwanteds

The Girl Who Owned a City
the girl who owned a city

Last Shot: Mystery at the Final Four  For a list of books in The Sports Beat series click here.
last shot

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous
how they croaked

Will in Scarlet (a retelling of Robin Hood)
will in scarlet

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer For a list of books in this series click here.
theodore boone

The Outcasts  For a list of books in the Brotherband Chronicles click here.
the outcasts

The Limit
the limit

Dragon’s Keep For other books in the Wilde Island Chronicles click here.
dragons keep

Travel Team (also Summer Ball and Travel Team & The Big Field)
travel team

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers
lincolns grave robbers

Olive’s Ocean
olives ocean

Alanna: The First Adventure For a list of books in The Song of the Lioness series click here.
alanna

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree Click here for the sequel.
emma jean lazarus

The Silent Boy
the silent boy

The Land
the land

Time Stops for No Mouse For a list of books in the Hermux Tantamoq Adventures series click here.
time stops for no mouse

The Diamond in the Window For a list of books in The Hall Family Chronicles series click here.
the diamond in the window

The Midwife’s Apprentice
the midwifes apprentice

I Capture the Castle
I capture the castle

The Glass Sentence For a list of books in The Mapmakers Trilogy click here.
the glass sentence

Brown Girl Dreaming
brown girl dreaming

The Secret Hum of a Daisy
the secret hum of a daisy

Ordinary Jack (Bagthorpes) For a list of books in this series click here.
ordinary jack

The Summer of the Swans  Not everybody loved it but I’ve seen it recommended several times.
the summer of the swans

Airborn
airborn

Mary, Bloody Mary For a list of books in the Young Royals series click here.
mary, bloody mary

The Great Wide Sea
the great wide sea

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant
delilah dirk

The Bronze Bow
the bronze bow

Treasure Island
treasure island

Around the World in Eighty Days
around the world in

Tiger For a list of books in The Five Ancestors series click here.
tiger

Tesla’s Attic For a list of books in The Accelerati Trilogy click here.
teslas attic

Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1) For a list of books in this series click here.
eragon

Chasing Secrets
chasing secrets

Mark of the Thief For a list of books in this series click here.
mark of the thief

The Grimm Legacy For a list of books in this series click here.
the grimm legacy

 

11 or 12?

Terrier For a list of books in The Legend of Beka Cooper series click here.
terrier

The Apothecary Check out the sequel here.
apothecary

Airman
airman

The Upstairs Room
the upstairs room

Hold Fast
hold fast

Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison
indian captive

Heart of a Samurai We listened to the audio book when my kids were in 3rd and 5th grade.
heart of a samurai

Wild Magic For other books in The Immortals Quartet click here.
wild magic

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (graphic novel) For a list of books in this series click here.
delilah dirk

The Alchemyst For a list of books in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series click here.
the alchemyst

The Mystery of the Third Lucretia For a list of books in this series click here.
mystery of the third lucretia

East
east

Ties That Bind, Ties That Break
ties that bind

13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear Read more about this book here. It is not just a children’s book, it is for all ages. Recommended age was not not clear to me, some say 12 but a lot of people read it to their younger kids, try it and see.
13 captain

Akata Witch

Frogkisser!

The House on Mango Street

 

 

 

If you are still looking for more books, check out the following reading lists:

List 1

List 2

 

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