New Books for 6th Graders

Thresholds by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6

After Maya's best friend dies her family moves to a new town in a new state so everyone can get a fresh start. Maya's new bedroom faces the Janus House Apartments which is filled with a fascinating mix of odd people whom she loves to secretly watch. Then one night, a fairy flies into her room through the open window...

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I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8

The fourth and final novel in Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series is a gem. 16-year-old Tiffany is now the witch of Chalk. Her duties include caring for the poor, aged and sick and delivering babies. When the old Barron dies, Tiffany is accused of theft, murder and the black arts. As old friends turn on her, Tiffany sets off for Ankh-Morpork (unwillingly accompanied by the fractious Nac Mac Feegles)to find the new baron only to discover life is much more dangerous for witches in the big city.

Other sophisticated fantasies include:
Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones,
Dragon's Bait by Vivian Vande Velde and
The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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Saraswati's Way by Monika Schroder

Reading Level: Grades 5 - 7

After his father dies, 12-year-old Akash's grandmother turns him over to the cruel owner of a quarry to work off the family's debt. Oppressed by the unbearable working conditions and the realization that the loan will never be paid off, Akash runs away to Delhi where he struggles to survive on his own.

I you enjoyed this tale of a third world kid surviving on his own, try:
I Am a Taxi by Deborah Ellis,
Trash by Andy Mulligan and
AK by Peter Dickinson

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