Riveting Sixth Grade Books

The following lists contain a selection of books for sixth grade readers.  Many of these titles address the issues of adolescence and are for mature readers. To see a title's Lexile number, click on the title and then click on the "Full Record" tab.
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Adventure & Survival | Animal Stories | Biographies & Memoirs | Fantasy | Historical Fiction | Holocaust & Genocide | Humor | In Other Lands | Misfits & Outcasts | Mysteries & Thrillers | Non-Fiction | Novels in Poems | School, Family & Growing Up | Science Fiction | Short Stories | Spies & Intrigue | Sports | Vampires & Werewolves

Adventure & Survival

Arkin, Anthony Dana Captain Hawaii.
Blackwood, Gary Wild Timothy. (950)
Boie, Kirsten The Princess Plot. (720)
Creech, Sharon Ruby Holler. (660)
Eames, Brian The Dagger Quick. (690)
George, Jean Craighead Julie of the Wolves. (860)
Harrison, Michael It's My Life.
Higgins, Simon Rise of the Ninja.
Hobbs, Will The Maze. (720)
Horowitz, Anthony Stormbreaker. (670)
Kehret, Peg Escaping the Giant Wave. (750)
Key, Watt Alabama Moon. (720)
Korman, Gordon Shipwreck.
Lacey, Josh Island of Thieves.
Mason, Prue Camel Rider. (750)
Miller, Kirsten Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City. (890)
Moodie, Craig Seaborn: A Novel.
O’Dell, Scott Island of the Blue Dolphins. (1000)
Paulsen, Gary Hatchet. (1020)
Pearson, Ridley Steel Trapp: The Challenge. (660)
Schwizer, Chris Crogan’s Vengeance.
Smith Roland Peak. (780)
Stevenson, Robert Louis Treasure Island. (1100)
Voigt, Cynthia Homecoming. (630)
Yohalem, Eve Escape Under the Forever Sky. (820)

Animal Stories

Brown, Paul Wolf Pack of the Winisk River.
Fergus Maureen Ortega. (1040)
Gipson, Fred Old Yeller. (910)
Kehret, Peg Cages. (660)
Kipling, Rudyard The Jungle Book. (1140)
Luper, Eric Bug Boy.
Mikaelsen, Ben Rescue Josh McGuire. (680)
Morey, Walt Gentle Ben. (740)
Mowat, Farley Never Cry Wolf.
Paulsen, Gary My Life in Dog Years. (1150)
Peyton, K.M. Blind Beauty. (720)
Rawls, Wilson Where the Red Fern Grows: The Story of Two Dogs and a Boy. (700)
Reisfeld, Randi What the Dog Said.
Smiley, Jane The Georges and the Jewels. (970)
Wedekind, Annie A Horse of Her Own. (1040)
Westall, Robert Blitzcat. (760)

Biographies & Memoirs

Aldrich, Dale The Belly Gunner.
Andronik, Catherine M. Hatshepsut, His Majesty, Herself. (1080)
Armstrong, Jennifer Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: Shackleton's Amazing Voyage. (1090)
Fleischman, Sid Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini. (940)
Fleming, Candace The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum. (980)
Freedman, Russell The Adventures of Marco Polo. (1270)
Jurmain, Suzanne Forbidden Schoolhouse: The True and Dramatic Story of Prudence Crandall and Her Students. (920)
Lauber, Patricia Lost Star: The Story of Amelia Earhart. (870)
Lawlor, Laurie Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit. (1040)
Lekuton, Joseph Facing the Lion: Growing up Maasai on the African Savanna. (720)
Myers, Walter Dean The Greatest: Muhammad Ali. (1030)
Nelson, Scott Reynolds Ain't Nothing But a Man: My Quest to find the Real John Henry.
Paulsen, Gary Woodsong. (1090)
Pfetzer, Mark Within Reach: My Everest Story. (970)
Robinson, Sharon Jackie's Nine: Jackie Robinson's Values to Live By. (980)
Spinelli, Jerry Knots in My Yo-yo String: The Autobiography of a Kid. (980)
Warren, Andrea Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps. (820)
Wright, Simeon Simeon’s Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till. (1050)


Almond, David Skellig. (490)
Barron, T. A. The Lost Years of Merlin. (770)
Buckley-Archer, Linda Gideon the Cutpurse: Being the First Part of the Gideon Trilogy. (960)
Chima, Cinda Williams Warrior Heir. (730)
Colfer, Eoin Artemis Fowl. (600)
Cooney, Caroline Goddess of Yesterday: A Tale of Troy. (730)
Delaney, Joseph Revenge of the Witch. (840)
Dunmore, Helen Ingo. (640)
Flanagan, John The Ruins of Gorlan. (920)
Hanley, Victoria The Seer and the Sword. (690)
Jacques, Brian Mossflower. (600)
Jinks, Catherine Evil Genius. (720)
Jones, Diana Wynne Dark Lord of Derkholm. (770)
Jones, Frewin The Faerie Path. (760)
Kindl, Patrice Owl in Love. (720)
Klass, David Firestorm. (510)
Levine, Gail Carson Ella Enchanted. (670)
MacHale, D. J. The Merchant of Death. (660)
Marsh, Katherine The Night Tourist. (760)
McKinley, Robin The Hero and the Crown. (1120)
Napoli, Donna Jo Zel. (630)
Nelson, Blake Gender Blender. (530)
Oppel, Kenneth Airborn. (760)
Pierce, Tamora Wild Magic.
Pullman, Philip The Golden Compass. (930)
Riordan, Rick The Red Pyramid. (650)
Service, Pamela The Reluctant God.
Stanley, Diane The Silver Bowl. (700)
Stroud, Jonathan The Ring of Solomon: A Bartimaeus Novel. (820)
Ursu, Anne The Shadow Thieves. (850)
Westerfeld, Scott Leviathan. (790)

Historical Fiction

Anderson, Laurie Halse Fever, 1793. (580)
Avi City of Orphans. (HL570)
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker Jefferson’s Sons: A Founding Father’s Secret Children. (600)
Bruchac, Joseph Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two. (910)
Curtis, Christopher Paul Elijah of Buxton. (1070)
Fitzmaurice, Kathryn A Diamond in the Desert.
Golding, Julia The Diamond of Drury Lane: A Cat Royal Adventure. (800)
Lane, Andy Death Cloud. (940)
Lyons, Mary E. Letters from a Slave Girl: The Story of Harriet Jacobs. (880)
Meyer, Carolyn Marie, Dancing. (920)
Meyer, L. A. Bloody Jack : Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy. (1120)
Mone, Gregory Dangerous Waters: An Adventure on Titanic. (770)
Orlev, Uri Lydia, Queen of Palestine.
Park, Linda Sue When My Name was Keoko. (610)
Philbrick, W.R. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg. (950)
Rose, Caroline Starr May B: A Novel.
Ryan, Pam Muñoz Esperanza Rising. (750)
Speare, Elizabeth George The Witch of Blackbird Pond. (850)
Taylor, Mildred D. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. (920)
Wilson, Diane Black Storm Comin’. (860)
Wolf, Joan M. Someone Named Eva. (820)
Wright, Barbara Crow.

Holocaust & Genocide

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell The Boy Who Dared. (760)
Boyne, John The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable. (1080)
Chapman, Fern Schumer Is It Night or Day? (810)
Clark, Kathy Guardian Angel House.
Gleitzman, Morris Once.
Gold, Alison Leslie A Special Fate : Chiune Sugihara, Hero of the Holocaust. (910)
Gratz, Alan Prisoner B-3087.
LeZotte, Ann Clare T4: A Novel in Verse.
Lobel, Anita No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War. (750)
Orlev, Uri Run, Boy, Run: A Novel. (570)
Rubin, Susan Goldman The Anne Frank Case: Simon Wiesenthal's Search for the Truth. (910)
Yolen, Jane The Devil’s Arithmetic. (730)
Zullo, Allan Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust. (970)


Avi Romeo and Juliet—Together (and Alive!) at Last. (530)
Danziger, Paula Make Like a Tree and Leave. (790)
Docherty, Jimmy The Ice Cream Con. (800)
Ferraiolo, Jack The Big Splash. (640)
Johnson, Henry Travis & Freddy’s Adventures in Vegas.
Korman, Gordon Schooled. (740)
Lieb, Josh I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President. (780)
Lowry, Lois Anastasia at This Address. (730)
Mowat, Farley Owls in the Family. (980)
Peck, Richard A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories. (750)
Pinder, Margaret But I Don’t Want to Be a Movie Star!
Tolan, Stephanie S. Surviving the Applewhites. (820)

In Other Lands

Doherty, Berlie The Girl Who Saw Lions. (790)
Hobbs, Will Crossing the Wire. (670)
Nye, Naomi Shihab Habibi. (850)
Staples, Suzanne Fisher Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind. (970)
Whelan, Gloria Homeless Bird. (800)
Whelan, Gloria Small Acts of Amazing Courage. (940)

Misfits & Outcasts

Abbott, Tony Firegirl. (670)
Amateau, Gigi A Certain Strain of Peculiar.
Choldenko, Gennifer If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period. (530)
Cole, Brock The Goats. (550)
Halpern, Julie Get Well Soon. (850)
Howe, James The Misfits.
Hughes, Mark Peter Lemonade Mouth. (800)
Klise, Kate Deliver Us From Normal. (690)
Korman, Gordon The Juvie Three.
Koss, Amy The Girls. (710)
Lubar, David Hidden Talents. (630)
Philbrick, W.Rodman Freak the Mighty. (1000)
Pixley, Marcella Fleischman Freak. (750)
Potter, Ellen Slob. (740)
Shaw, Susan The Boy From the Basement. (470)
Shusterman, Neal The Schwa Was Here. (790)
Tan, Shaun The Arrival.
Telgemeier, Raina Smile. (GN410)
Vail, Rachel Wonder. (780)

Mysteries & Thrillers

Abrahams, Peter Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery.  (680)
Allison, Jennifer Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator. (1000)
Avi Something Upstairs: A Tale of Ghosts. (580)
Duncan, Lois Don't Look Behind You. (1020)
Feinberg, Anna Number 8. (740)
Feinstein, John Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery. (760)
Fusilli, Jim Marley Z. and the Bloodstained Violin. (780)
Hoobler, Dorothy The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn. (740)
Karbo, Karen Minerva Clark Gets a Clue. (820)
Lawrence, Caroline The Thieves of Ostia: A Roman Mystery. (720)
Nixon, Joan Lowery The Other Side of Dark. (660)
Peacock, Shane Eye of the Crow. (760)
Peretti, Frank Hangman’s Curse. (680)
Roberts, Willo Davis The View from the Cherry Tree. (770)
Runhart, Susan The Mystery of the Third Lucretia. (920)
Shusterman, Neal The Shadow Club. (760)
Smith, Roland Zach’s Lie. (580)
Springer, Nancy The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery. (1020)
Weeks, Sarah So. B. It: A Novel. (860)
Winerip, Michael Adam Canfield of the Slash. (830)
Winters, Ben H. The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman. (910)


Adamson, Joy Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds. (1180)
Brown, Don All Stations! Distress!: April 15, 1912, the Day the Titanic Sank.
Chaikin, Andrew Mission Control, This is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon. (1150)
Deem, James M. Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past. (1180)
Dendy, Leslie A. Guinea Pig Scientists: Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and Medicine. (1100)
Farrell, Jeanette Invisible Allies: Microbes That Shape Our Lives. (1270)
Fleischman, John Black and White Airmen: Their True History. (1050)
Freedman, Russell Who Was First? Discovering the Americas. (1310)
Gore, Albert An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming. (1070)
Macaulay, David The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body.
Menzel, Peter What the World Eats. (1150)
Murphy, Jim Blizzard!: The Storm That Changed America. (1080)
Oppenheim, Joanne Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference. (1040)
  Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out.  (NC1110)

Novels in Poems

Bingham, Kelly Shark Girl.
Bryant, Jennifer Kaleidoscope Eyes. (950)
Burg, Ann E. All the Broken Pieces: A Novel in Verse. (HL680)
Crossan, Sarah The Weight of Water.
Frost, Helen Hidden. (HL670)
Grimes, Nikki Planet Middle School. (680)
Grover, Lorie Ann On Pointe. (460)
Holt, K.A. Brains for Lunch: A Zombie Novel in Haiku?!
Howe, James Addie on the Inside. (NP)
Lai, Thanha Inside Out & Back Again. (800)
Sones, Sonya What My Mother Doesn’t Know. (920)

School, Family & Growing Up

Barnholdt, Lauren The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney.
Baskin, Nora Raleigh Anything but Typical. (HL640)
Blacker, Terence Boy2Girl.
Bloor, Edward Tangerine. (680)
Buyea, Rob Because of Mr. Terupt. (560)
Cabot, Meg The Princess Diaries. (920)
Calonita, Jen Secrets of My Hollywood Life: A Novel. (880)
David, Keren When I Was Joe.
Dionne, Erin The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet. (750)
Evangelista, Beth Gifted.
Friedman, Aimee The Year My Sister Got Lucky. (910)
Friend, Natasha Perfect. (590)
Greenwald, Tom Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading. (830)
Kent, Rose Rocky Road. (830)
Kinney, Jeff Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal. (950)
Mass, Wendy A Mango-Shaped Space: A Novel. (770)
McClain, Lee Sizzle: A Novel. (650)
Neri, Greg Ghetto Cowboy: A Novel. (660)
Patterson, James The Worst Years of My Life.
Perkins, Mitali First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover. (850)
Philbin, Joanna The Daughters. (680)
Rosenbloom, Fiona You Are SO Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah! (730)
Sachar, Louis Holes. (660)
Schmatz, Pat Bluefish. (HL600)
Schmidt, Gary D. The Wednesday Wars. (990)
Sloan, Holly Goldberg Counting by 7s.
Sonnenblick, Jordan Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie. (940)
Stead, Rebecca Liar & Spy.
Trueman, Terry Stuck in Neutral. (820)
Vail, Rachel Lucky. (680)
Van Draanen, Wendelin Flipped. (720)

Science Fiction

Bloor, Edward Taken. (640)
Card, Orson Scott Ender's Game. (780)
Clements, Andrew Things Not Seen. (690)
Dashner, James The Maze Runner.
Farmer, Nancy The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm: A Novel. (660)
Haddix, Margaret Peterson Found. (750)
Hobbs, Will Go Big or Go Home. (700)
Hughes, Monica Invitation to the Game. (740)
Jinks, Catherine Living Hell. (600)
Lowry, Lois Gathering Blue. (680)
Nelson, O. T. The Girl Who Owned a City. (660)
Nix, Garth Shade's Children. (980)
Patneaude, David Epitaph Road.
Pratchett, Terry Only You Can Save Mankind. (600)
Reeve, Philip Fever Crumb. (1000)
Rubinstein, Gillian Galax-Arena. (810)
Russell, David O. Alienated. (780)
Schmidt, Gary D. What Came From the Stars.
Star Wars Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones. (730)
White, Andrea Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083. (670)
Zahn, Timothy Dragon and Thief: A Dragonback Adventure. (800)

Short Stories

Horowitz, Anthony More Horowitz Horror: More Stories You’ll Wish You Never Read. (660)
Lubar, David In the Land of the Lawn Weenies and Other Misadventures. (570)
  My Dad’s a Punk: 12 Stories About Boys and Their Fathers.
Poe, Edgar Allan Tales of Terror. (1340)
Saki The Story-Teller: Thirteen Tales by Saki.
Stine, R.L. The Haunting Hour.
  This Family is Driving Me Crazy: Ten Stories About Surviving Your Family. (830)

Spies & Intrigue

Carter, Ally I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You. (1000)
Heath, Jack The Lab. (HL790)
Higson, Charles Silverfin: A James Bond Adventure. (900)
Logsted, Greg Alibi Junior High. (HL570)
McNab, Andy Traitor.
Spy X The Code. (570)
Walden, Mark H.I.V.E. Higher Institute of Villainous Education.


Avi S.O.R. Losers. (520)
Butler, Dori Hillestad Sliding Into Home. (580)
Cochrane, Mick The Girl Who Threw Butterflies. (750)
Crutcher, Chris Ironman: A Novel. (980)
Deuker, Carl On the Devil's Court. (730)
DeFilippis, Nunzio Play Ball.
Dygard, Thomas J. The Rookie Arrives. (830)
Fitzgerald, Dawn Soccer Chick Rules.
Green, Tim Baseball Great. (840)
Harkrader, Lisa Airball: My Life in Briefs. (700)
Korman, Gordon Pop. (740)
Lupica, Mike Travel Team. (930)
Ritter, John H. Over the Wall. (590)
Spinelli, Jerry There's a Girl in My Hammerlock. (520)
Wallace, Rich Curveball. (750)

Vampires & Werewolves

Brewer, Heather Eighth Grade Bites.
Collins, Tim Notes from a Totally Lame Vampire: Because the Undead Have Feelings Too! (1030)
Henderson, Jason Vampire Rising. (HL780)
Messina, Lynn Little Vampire Women. (NC1260)
Rees, Douglas Vampire High. (620)
Shan, Darren Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare. (650)