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Best Books for 11-Year-Olds (Sixth Grade)

Want lớn keep your 11-year-olds, 6th graders, reading good books? I can help. Below you’ll find the BEST of the middle-grade chapter books that are spot-on for maturity and readability.

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Plus, each book nhận xét includes a genre tag so look for mystery, fantasy, realistic, historical, & sci-fi to lớn help you search. It’s always so helpful lớn match a child’s interests with the books that they read. And, khổng lồ give them choices.

I love lớn give my kids options of a few books khổng lồ make it easier lớn pick. Or, at this age, you can just show them this page and have them read the đánh giá themselves to lớn help them decide.

If you want harder (to comprehend / more mature topics) books, visit my books for 12-year olds list. For easier books, try books for 10-year olds.

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Read Alouds, Book Series, & Nonfiction Titles for your 11-year-olds in 6th grade:

Book Recommendations Plus đánh giá & Genres


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City Spies
 by James PontiADVENTURE
When Sara, a foster kid và hacker, gets in trouble again, her new so-called lawyer recruits her to be an MI6 spy. Sara joins a team of other kids, trains quickly, và is immediately sent undercover khổng lồ break xuất hiện a big case in Paris. I don’t want to spoil anything but I predict you’ll love every second of this action-packed story! It’s filled with great characters và an interesting twisty plot. You won’t be able to put this series down.
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A Duet for Home
by Karina Yan GlaserREALISTIC / HOMELESSNESSA powerful, hopeful story with complex, three-dimensional characters about grief, family, community, và homelessness. When their family becomes homeless after her dad dies, June helps her little sister & non-speaking mom get settled at Huey House. Despite the shock of their new situation, June finds kindness from many of the people at the shelter. But when Mrs. G, their social worker gets fired for not agreeing to the city’s new homeless policies, June helps organize a protest and discovers that home isn’t a place và family isn’t always blood.
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Kelcie Murphy & the Academy for the Unbreakable Arts 
by Erika LewisFANTASYFast-paced with an interesting premise, this exciting middle-grade book with Celtic mythology is about a foster child attending a magical school and searching for answers about her mysterious heritage. Kelcie is a foster kid who has been living in the human world. When she arrives at the Academy, she discovers that she’s a Saiga, a mistrusted elemental whose legacy includes a dangerous traitor. She makes friends who help her learn about her chất lượng powers and together they fight the monsters who continue lớn attack the school, seemingly looking for Kelcie. This first book packs a punch and sets us up for book two — which I can’t wait to lớn read. Highly recommended!

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Starfish by Lisa FippsREALISTIC / toàn thân IMAGE & size / VERSEHeartbreaking & inspiring, this poignant story in verse shows a girl who learns, after years of fat-shaming & bullying, to lớn define herself not based on what others say but on who she really is. Ellie’s nickname is Splash because of her size but she loves swimming. Và her biggest bully? Her mother–who won’t buy her new clothes because she thinks it encourages Ellie’s weight gain & is pushing for gastro-bypass surgery. Not even Ellie’s dad stands up to lớn her mom’s cruel treatment of Ellie. Fortunately, Ellie finds an understanding therapist who helps her move from powerless lớn powerful. 

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Daughter of the Deep by Rick RiordanSCI-FI ADVENTUREGet ready for action, intrigue, plot twists, & super-cool technology! Ana’s freshman class at her specialized marine và naval academy are the only survivors when the academy is blown up. As the class races to board their field trip ship, their chaperone reveals several essential secrets…Jules Verne’s novels based on Captain Nemo are mostly true, Ana’s the only surviving relative of Captain Nemo, và they will be attacked by the land school if they don’t get khổng lồ safety immediately. They don’t get khổng lồ safety immediately. But, they vì chưng thwart the first of many attacks — và suddenly because the professor is deathly ill, Ana is in charge. The first thing is to lớn find the Nautilus và the school’s secret base while trying to evade their enemies. You won’t be able to lớn put this book down– run out to get it as soon as possible — it’s a page-turning adventure that will appeal khổng lồ all boys và girls.

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Front Desk by Kelly YangREALISTICMia and her parents have struggled ever since moving khổng lồ America from China. When her parents take a new live-in job at a motel, they end up working around the clock for very little pay. Mia helps out by working at the front desk. She befriends the weekly tenants and uses her English skills to lớn write letters advocating for other people in tough spots. This book is more than a memorable coming-of-age immigrant story, it’s also about tolerance và diversity. I loved this story— the writing, the characters, the plot, and the messages of inclusion and determination.

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Allies by Alan GratzHISTORICAL FICTIONWritten from many different voices about one day in history, readers easily can see the massive amount of cooperation, planning, và troops from different countries involved in D-Day (when the Allies invaded France at Normandy.) We hear from an American teenage soldier who was born in Germany, a French Algerian girl whose mom is a recently captured spy, a Canadian paratrooper who lands in the wrong spot, and an American đen medic. It’s violent và disheartening yet despite terrible losses, racism, & injuries, the fighters persist despite everything khổng lồ accomplish their goal — to lớn take back the area for the Allies. What an incredible retelling of this day, appropriate for middle-grade readers.

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From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae MarksREALISTICOn her 12th birthday, Zoe, a girl who loves lớn bake, discovers a letter lớn her from her incarcerated biological father, Marcus. She decides to write him back, even daring lớn ask him about the murder he’s in jail for — did he really vì chưng it? Marcus writes to Zoe that he’s innocent và he can prove it which sets Zoe on a quest to lớn find out the truth for herself, even if her mom & dad forbid it. She enlists the help of her Grandma & her best friend, Trevor. You won’t be able to lớn put down this winsome story with a heroine you can’t help but adore; a story that illuminates social justice with themes of family, friendship, và love.

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The Supervillain’s Guide to lớn Being a Fat Kid by Matt WallaceCOMING OF AGE / BULLYINGAn outstanding, surprisingly philosophical, poignant story about dealing with bullies, growing in confidence, và the complexities of human beings. Matt doesn’t think he can survive 3 more years of middle school bullying so he writes supervillain Master Plan who is also a “gentleman of size”, asking for help. Surprisingly, Master Plan emails back with helpful, sage advice but is Master Plan actually looking out for Max or for himself?

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The Last Gate of the Emperor by Kwame Mbalia & Prince Joel MakonnenSCI-FIYared’s Uncle Moti moves them around frequently so when Yared gives his real name during an augmented reality game, he doesn’t think the soldiers that arrive are after him. But they are. And everything he believed about his life turns out lớn be a lie…including his identity. Yared partners with another game player, the Ibis, to lớn escape the troops và the giant monster & find the truth. The two clever, quick-witted kids face incredible danger, insurmountable odds, and a galaxy-spanning war but Yared has been trained for this and he is ready khổng lồ fight. Set in a futuristic Ethiopian empire, this exciting adventure grabs your interest & keeps it through wild twists & turns that feature heroic main characters!

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Last Mapmaker by Christina SoontornvatFANTASYIn a Thai-inspired world where caste determines your future, Sai’s new job as a mapmaker’s assistant is far beyond her station, which is why she can’t wait khổng lồ join the Mapmaker on a sailing quest to find a new continent & maybe, find herself a new home. During the trip, the Mapmaker reveals his past hubris of mapping và claiming already-inhabited lands which their war-hungry country would then use & destroy. Showroom in a stowaway, a mutiny, a shipwreck, and a gigantic creature, this is a compelling story about colonialism, discovery, và humanity.

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Nowhere Boy
by Katherine MarshREALISTIC / REFUGEESMarsh writes a stunning novel about two young boys from very different backgrounds — one is a refugee from Syria while the other is an American who has just moved to lớn Belgium. Interwoven in this timely, poignant story are the big issues of refugees, prejudice, fear, friendship, & kindness. To lớn avoid the overcrowded refugee centers, Ahmed hides in the basement of the house where Max lives with his family. When he’s discovered by Max, the boys develop a friendship; Max keeps Ahmed hidden from everyone. The boys come up with a plan to enroll Ahmed in Max’s school. Và it works. But it can’t last forever. A local policeman suspects something and Max’s family will be moving back khổng lồ the U.S. Soon…

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Amari và the Night Brothers by B.B. AlstonFANTASYFantastic fantasy world-building, excellent writing, a strong female heroine of color, & a surprise plot twist ending are just a few of the reasons you’ll love this book. On top of that, you’ll find an exciting action-packed, suspenseful story about Amari whose brother vanishes mysteriously. He sends her a message that she’s a magician & should attend a special school. There, she discovers she’s a magician with outlawed dark magic but she’s determined to lớn stay in the school and find her brother.

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Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha FarrantHISTORICAL FICTIONIf you want a new favorite warm-hearted adventure with brave kids, dogs, and a happy ending, you don’t want to miss this captivating và beautiful story. The war has made Ben an orphan –again. All that he has left are his dog & his dad’s boat, the Sparrowhawk. When a policeman gets suspicious of Ben’s living situation và his new friend, Lotti’s abusive guardians try to kill her rescue dog, the two friends phối off on the boat for France khổng lồ find Ben’s missing older brother. The boat isn’t meant for a channel crossing but the two kids are determined lớn make it work…but it won’t be easy. Nor will it be easy to find Ben’s missing brother in a country decimated by war.

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The Ruins of Gorlan: Ranger’s Apprentice book 1 by John A. FlanaganFANTASY (series)Will is apprenticed khổng lồ become a Ranger, a job he’s unsure about. But as he develops a relationship with his master & learns what being a Ranger is all about (spying for the kingdom), he begins lớn embrace his new life. When an old enemy of the kingdom sends out dangerous beasts lớn attack Will’s master, Will is instrumental in getting help & killing the creatures. Action, fantasy, adventure, friendship, excellent writing — this book has it all! It’s a must-read, especially for boys. BOX SET

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A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate AlbusHISTORICAL FICTIONAn absolutely wonderful, heartwarming historical fiction story with close-knit siblings who stick together and eventually find their forever home. Evacuated from London during WWII these siblings need to lớn find a new home. Unfortunately, their placements are horrid. It’s only the library và the kind librarian who help them survive the bullying & hunger. Unfortunately, the librarian is deemed “unsuitable” khổng lồ be their foster mother since her missing husband is German. When things go from bad lớn worse in their latest home, can the children fight for a trang chủ with the librarian no matter what the town thinks?