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 | Horror & Ghost Stories | Humor | In Other Lands | Misfits & Outcasts | Mysteries & Thrillers | Non-Fiction | Novels in Verse | School, Family & Growing Up | Science Fiction | Short Stories | Spies & Intrigue | Sports

Adventure & Survival

Bodeen, S.A. The Raft.
Boie, Kirsten The Princess Plot. (720)
Brumbach, Andrew The Eye of Midnight.
Creech, Sharon Ruby Holler.
Dragt, Tonke The Letter for the King.
George, Jean Craighead Julie of the Wolves. (860)
Harrison, Michael It's My Life.
Higgins, Simon Rise of the Ninja.
Hobbs, Will Take Me to the River.
Kehret, Peg Escaping the Giant Wave. (750)
Key, Watt Terror at Bottle Creek.
Korman, Gordon Shipwreck.
Lacey, Josh Island of Thieves.
Lawrence, Iain The Skeleton Tree.
Miller, Kirsten Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City. (890)
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Going Where It's Dark.
Northrop, Michael Surrounded by Sharks.
O’Dell, Scott Island of the Blue Dolphins. (1000)
Paulsen, Gary Hatchet. (1020)
Pearson, Ridley Steel Trapp: The Academy.
Rorby, Ginny Lost in the River of Grass.
Schwizer, Chris Crogan’s Vengeance.
Smelcer, John E. Edge of Nowhere.
Smith Roland Peak. (780)
Stevenson, Robert Louis Treasure Island. (1100)
Voigt, Cynthia Homecoming. (630)

Animal Stories

Agnew, Sheila Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan.
Beckhorn, Susan Williams The Wolf's Boy.
Christopher, Lucy Flyaway.
Gipson, Fred Old Yeller. (910)
Griffin, Paul When Friendship Followed Me Home.
Grinti, Mike Claws.
Houck, Colleen Tiger's Curse.
Houston, Dick Bulu: African Wonder Dog.
Keating, Jess How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied.
Kelly, Jacqueline The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate.
Kipling, Rudyard The Jungle Book. (1140)
Morey, Walt Gentle Ben. (740)
Oppell, Kenneth Half Brother.
Paulsen, Gary My Life in Dog Years. (1150)
Rawls, Wilson Where the Red Fern Grows: The Story of Two Dogs and a Boy. (700)
Reisfeld, Randi What the Dog Said.
Schrefer, Eliot Rescued.

Biographies & Memoirs

Alifrienta, Cailtin I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives.
Andronik, Catherine M. Hatshepsut, His Majesty, Herself. (1080)
Armstrong, Jennifer Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: Shackleton's Amazing Voyage. (1090)
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America.
Blumenthal, Karen Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different: A Biography.
Brimner, Larry Dane The Rain Wizard: The Amazing, Mysterious, True Life of Charles Mallory Hatfield.
Fleischman, Sid Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini. (940)
Fradin, Judith Bloom Stolen Into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man.
Jurmain, Suzanne Forbidden Schoolhouse: The True and Dramatic Story of Prudence Crandall and Her Students. (920)
Kamkwamba, William The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
Kehret, Peg Animals Welcome: A Life of Reading, Writing and Rescue.
Lawlor, Laurie Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit. (1040)
Lekuton, Joseph Facing the Lion: Growing up Maasai on the African Savanna. (720)
Lowery, Lynda Blackmon Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March.
Montgomery, Sy Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World.
Noyes, Deborah Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original "Girl" Reporter Nellie Bly.
Pfetzer, Mark Within Reach: My Everest Story. (970)
Romero, Jordan No Summit Out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits.


Almond, David Skellig. (490)
Barron, T. A. The Lost Years of Merlin. (770)
Chainani, Soman The School for Good and Evil.
Chima, Cinda Williams Warrior Heir. (730)
Colfer, Eoin Artemis Fowl. (600)
Delaney, Joseph Revenge of the Witch. (840)
Dunmore, Helen Ingo. (640)
Flanagan, John The Ruins of Gorlan. (920)
Gidwitz, Adam A Tale Dark and Grimm.
Grove, S.E. The Glass Sentence.
Hanley, Victoria The Seer and the Sword. (690)
Henderson, Jason Vampire Rising.
Jacques, Brian Mossflower. (600)
Jinks, Catherine Evil Genius. (720)
Jones, Diana Wynne Dark Lord of Derkholm. (770)
Levine, Gail Carson Ella Enchanted. (670)
MacHale, D. J. The Merchant of Death. (660)
Marsh, Katherine The Night Tourist. (760)
Napoli, Donna Jo Zel. (630)
Nelson, Blake Gender Blender. (530)
Oppel, Kenneth Airborn. (760)
Pierce, Tamora Wild Magic.
Preus, Margi West of the Moon.
Pullman, Philip The Golden Compass. (930)
Riordan, Rick The Sword of Summer.
Ryan, Pam Muñoz Echo.
Shan, Darren Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare.
Stewart, Martin Riverkeep: A Novel.
Thomson, Sarah L. Deadly Flowers: A Ninja's Tale.
Ursu, Anne The Shadow Thieves. (850)
Westerfeld, Scott Leviathan. (790)

Historical Fiction

Anderson, Laurie Halse Fever, 1793. (580)
Atkins, Jeannine Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science.
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)
Dragt, Tonke The Letter for the King.
Dumas, Firoozeh It Ain't So Awful, Falafel.
Hughes, Shirley Hero On a Bicycle.
Lane, Andy Death Cloud. (940)
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)
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)
Timberlake, Amy One Came Home.
Vawter, Vince Paperboy.
Wilson, Diane Black Storm Comin’. (860)
Wiles, Deborah Revolution.
Wolk, Lauren Wolf Hollow: A Novel.
Wright, Barbara Crow.

Holocaust & Genocide

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell The Boy Who Dared. (760)
Boyne, John The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable. (1080)
Gruenbaum, Michael Somewhere There is Still a Sun.
Chapman, Fern Schumer Is It Night or Day? (810)
Gold, Alison Leslie A Special Fate : Chiune Sugihara, Hero of the Holocaust. (910)
Kherdian, David The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl.
Gratz, Alan Prisoner B-3087.
Leyson, Leon The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible...on Schindler's List.
Lobel, Anita No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War. (750)
Mazzeo, Tilar J. Irena's Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto.
Orlev, Uri Run, Boy, Run: A Novel. (570)
Prins, Marcel Hidden Like Anne Frank: Fourteen True Stories of Survival.
Smelcer, John E. Stealing Indians.
Yolen, Jane The Devil’s Arithmetic. (730)

Horror & Ghost Stories

Auxier, Jonathan The Night Gardener.
Avi School of the Dead.
Bachmann, Stefan The Cabinet of the Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief & Sinister.
Brett, Cathy Scarlett Dedd.
Novel Brosgol, Vera Anya’s Ghost.
Cooper, Rose I Text Dead People.
Gaiman, Neil Coraline.
Oppel, Kenneth The Nest.
Smith, Greg Junior Braves of the Apocalypse. Book 1, A Brave is Brave.
Wooding, Chris Malice.


Bell, Cathleen Davitt Little Blog on the Prairie.
Ferraiolo, Jack The Big Splash. (640)
Gerhardt, Jake Me & Miranda Mullaly: A Novel.
Korman, Gordon Schooled. (740)
Lieb, Josh I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President. (780)
Malone, Lee The Last Boy at St. Edith's.
Matson, Stacey A Year in the Life of a Complete and Total Genius.
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!
Stevenson, Noelle Lumberjanes.
Tolan, Stephanie S. Surviving the Applewhites. (820)

In Other Lands

Hartley, Julie The Finding Place.
Hobbs, Will Crossing the Wire. (670)
Lowitz, Leza Up from the Sea.
Lai, Thanhha Listen, Slowly.
Nye, Naomi Shihab Habibi. (850)
Resau, Laura The Lightning Queen.
Venkatraman, Padma A Time to Dance.
Volponi, Paul Game Seven.
Whelan, Gloria Homeless Bird. (800)

Misfits & Outcasts

Abbott, Tony Firegirl. (670)
Bell, Cici El Deafo.
Choldenko, Gennifer If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period. (530)
Cole, Brock The Goats. (550)
Earle, Phil The Bubble Wrap Boy.
Gephart, Donna Lily and Dunkin.
Howe, James The Misfits.
Hughes, Mark Peter Lemonade Mouth. (800)
Koss, Amy The Girls. (710)
Lubar, David Hidden Talents. (630)
Norriss, Andrew Friends for Life.
Peete, Holly Robinson Same But Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express.
Philbrick, W.Rodman Freak the Mighty. (1000)
Potter, Ellen Slob. (740)
Schmatz, Pat Bluefish.
Sloan, Holly Goldberg Counting by 7s.
Shusterman, Neal The Schwa Was Here. (790)
Sonnichsen, A.L. Red Butterfly.
Tan, Shaun The Arrival.
Telgemeier, Raina Smile. (GN410)

Mysteries & Thrillers

Abrahams, Peter Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery.  (680)
Avi Something Upstairs: A Tale of Ghosts. (580)
Berk, Josh Strike Three, You're Dead.
Byrne, Michael Lottery Boy.
Dionne, Erin Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking: A 14-Day Mystery.
Dorisi-Winget, Dianna A Million Ways Home.
Duncan, Lois Don't Look Behind You. (1020)
Feinberg, Anna Number 8. (740)
Feinstein, John Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery. (760)
Hammel, Sara The Underdogs.
Hoobler, Dorothy The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn. (740)
Lane, Andy Death Cloud.
Lawrence, Caroline The Thieves of Ostia: A Roman Mystery. (720)
Markell, Denis Click Here to Start: A Novel.
Roberts, Willo Davis The View from the Cherry Tree. (770)
Shusterman, Neal The Shadow Club. (760)
Smith, Roland Zach’s Lie. (580)
St. Antoine, Sara Three Bird Summer.
Weeks, Sarah So. B. It: A Novel. (860)
Winerip, Michael Adam Canfield of the Slash.
Winters, Ben H. The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman. (910)


Adamson, Joy Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds. (1180)
Bragg, Georgia How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous.
Fleming, Candace The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, & the Fall of Imperial Russia.
Freedman, Russell We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler.
Humphreys, Jessica Dee Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War.
Kidd, Chip Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design.
Levinson, Cynthia We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March.
Macaulay, David The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body.
Menzel, Peter What the World Eats. (1150)
Montgomery, Sy Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa's Fastest Cat.
Myers, Walter Dean The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage.
O'Connell, Caitlin The Elephant Scientist.
Sheinkin, Steve Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon.

Novels in Verse

Alexander, Kwame The Crossover.
Bingham, Kelly Shark Girl.
Burg, Ann E. All the Broken Pieces: A Novel in Verse. (HL680)
Frost, Helen Hidden. (HL670)
Grimes, Nikki Planet Middle School. (680)
Grover, Lorie Ann On Pointe. (460)
Hilton, Marilyn Full Cicada Moon.
Holt, K.A. House Arrest.
Lai, Thanha Inside Out & Back Again. (800)
Sones, Sonya What My Mother Doesn’t Know. (920)
Sonnichsen, A.L. Red Butterfly.

School, Family & Growing Up

Amato, Mary Guitar Notes.
Baskin, Nora Raleigh Anything but Typical. (HL640)
Benjamin, Ali The Thing About Jellyfish.
Blacker, Terence Boy2Girl.
Bloor, Edward Tangerine. (680)
Brahmachari, Sita Mira in the Present Tense.
Cabot, Meg The Princess Diaries. (920)
Dionne, Erin The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet. (750)
Eland, Lindsay 5 Times Revenge.
Friedman, Aimee The Year My Sister Got Lucky. (910)
Friend, Natasha Perfect. (590)
Gerhardt, Jake Me & Miranda Mullaly: A Novel.
Greenwald, Tom Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading. (830)
Harrington, Karen Mayday.
Kent, Rose Rocky Road. (830)
Kinney, Jeff Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal. (950)
Lord, Cynthia Half a Chance.
Malone, Lee The Last Boy at St. Edith's.
Mass, Wendy A Mango-Shaped Space: A Novel. (770)
McVoy, Terra Elan Drive Me Crazy.
Mills, Claudia Zero Tolerance.
Ness, Patrick A Monster Calls: A Novel.
Patterson, James The Worst Years of My Life.
Paulsen, Gary Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat.
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)
Springstubb, Tricia Every Single Second.
Stead, Rebecca Liar & Spy.
Trueman, Terry Stuck in Neutral.
Van Draanen, Wendelin Flipped. (720)
Zalben, Jane Four Seasons.

Science Fiction

Anderson, John David Insert Coin to Continue.
Angler, Evan Swipe.
Black, Peter Jay Urban Outlaws.
Card, Orson Scott Ender's Game. (780)
Clements, Andrew Things Not Seen. (690)
Dashner, James The Maze Runner.
Falls, Kat Dark Life.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson Children of Exile.
Holt, K.A. Red Moon Rising.
Klass, David Stuck on Earth.
Landon, Kristen The Limit.
Lowry, Lois Gathering Blue. (680)
Lyga, Barry The Secret Sea.
McDougall, Sophia Mars Evacuees.
Nelson, O. T. The Girl Who Owned a City. (660)
Nix, Garth Shade's Children. (980)
Philbrick, W. R. The Big Dark.
Pratchett, Terry Only You Can Save Mankind. (600)
Reeve, Philip Motal Engines: A Novel.
Sachar, Louis Fuzzy Mud.
Smith, Alexander Gordon Lockdown: Escape from Furnace.
Zahn, Timothy Dragon and Thief: A Dragonback Adventure. (800)

Short Stories

Fleming, Candace On the Day I Died: Stories From the Grave.
Gaiman, Neil Unnatural Creatures: Stories.
Lubar, David In the Land of the Lawn Weenies and Other Misadventures. (570)
Poe, Edgar Allan The Pit and the Pendulum: And Other Stories.
Saki The Story-Teller: Thirteen Tales by Saki.
Shelton, Dave Thirteen Chairs.
Stine, R.L. The Haunting Hour.
Soto, Gary Hey 13! Stories.
  This Family is Driving Me Crazy: Ten Stories About Surviving Your Family. (830)

Spies & Intrigue

Barnes, Jennifer The Squad: Perfect Cover.
Bradley, F.T. Double Vision.
Carter, Ally I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You. (1000)
Gibbs, Stuart Spy School.
Hale, Bruce Playing with Fire.
Heath, Jack The Lab. (HL790)
Higgins, Jack Sure Fire.
Higson, Charles Silverfin: A James Bond Adventure. (900)
Horowitz, Anthony Stormbreaker. (670)
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.


Alexander, Kwame Crossover.
Bates, Sonya Spreen Off the Rim.
Cochrane, Mick The Girl Who Threw Butterflies. (750)
Crutcher, Chris Ironman: A Novel. (980)
Feinstein, John The Walk On.
Freitas, Donna Gold Medal Winter.
Green, Tim Baseball Great. (840)
Heldring, Thatcher The League.
Jamieson, Victoria Roller Girl.
Korman, Gordon Pop. (740)
Lupica, Mike Travel Team. (930)
Mack, W.C. Athlete Vs. Mathlete.
Mancusi, Mari Golden Girl.
Northrop, Michael Plunked.
Wallace, Rich Curveball. (750)