Good Reading for Sixth Grade

Tiger

By Jeff Stone

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Five young warrior-monk brothers survive an insurrection and must use the ancient arts to avenge their Grandmaster.

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The Young Man and the Sea

By Rodman Philbrick

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After his mother's death, twelve-year-old Skiff Beaman decides that it is up to him to earn money to take care of himself and his father, so he undertakes a dangerous trip alone out on the ocean off the coast of Maine to try to catch a huge bluefin tuna.

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The Wee Free Men

By Terry Pratchett

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A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.

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The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights

By Russell Freedman

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This determined woman overcame tremendous odds to pursue her dream of a musical career. With grace, poise, and overwhelming talent, she confronted the racial restrictions of the period.

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The Trial

By Jen Bryant

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Living in New Jersey in 1935, twelve-year-old Katie Leigh Flynn describes, in a series of poems, the effect on her small town of the real-life trial of Bruno Hauptmann for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's baby son.

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The Star of Kazan

By Eva Ibbotson

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After twelve-year-old Annika, a foundling living in late nineteenth-century Vienna, inherits a trunk of costume jewelry, a woman claiming to be her aristocratic mother arrives and takes her to live in a strangely decrepit mansion in Germany.

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

By Brian Selznick

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When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are in danger.

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The Ear, the Eye and the Arm

By Nancy Farmer

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In 2194 in Zimbabwe, General Matsika's three children are kidnapped and put to work in a plastic mine, while three mutant detectives use their special powers to search for them.
 

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The City of Ember

By Jeanne DuPrau

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In a post-apocalypse underground city on the verge of collapse, 12-year-olds Lina and Doon join forces to flee to an unknown world above ground. The first in a trilogy.
 

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The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book One

By Jonathan Stroud

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Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace. Followed by The Golem's Eye and Ptolemy's Gate.

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