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Favorite Boy Literature 6th grade


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I'm putting together a list of great books to read this next year.

Our favorite part of the day!


Please join in and share your favorites for this age.


We are reading LOTR aloud as a family taking our time thru the best story ever written. Complete with different voices, my husband does the perfect Gollum.


We have made it thru the first 2 books of Narnia, and will finish the series this year.


Thinking of

Incredible Journey

Mixed up files of Mrs. B


Sign of Beaver

Robinson Crusoe


I'd like to pick a few titles to go with our history study period of 1700 thru 1850.

I need to research what else I can pair up here.

I'm looking at the Landmark Books too to supplement history.


Thought please?


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You might like to slowly start including some short stories, too. A number of good titles suggested for 6th grade in this past thread: "Short Stories for an 11-year-old". Book title ideas -- all but about 6 have male protagonists, and a few have joint male/female protagonists:


5th/6th grade

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Konigsberg)

The Incredible Journey (Burnford)

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (Aiken)

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (O'Brien)

Gregor the Overlander (Collins)

Below the Root (Snyder)

The Phantom Tollbooth (Juster)

Holes (Sacher)

A Wrinkle in Time (L'Engle)

The Cay (Taylor)

My Side of the Mountain (George)

Call It Courage (Armstrong)

Island of the Blue Dolphins (o'Dell)

The Black Stallion (Farley)

Rascal (North)

Shiloh (Naylor)

Sounder (Armstrong)

Where the Red Fern Grows (Rawls)

Summer of the Monkeys (Rawls)

Shakespeare Stealer (Blackwood)

Case of the Baker Street Irregular (Newman)

The Great Wheel (Lawson)


6th/7th grade

The Master Puppeteer (Paterson)

Tuck Everlasting (Babbitt)

The Pushcart War (Merrill)

The Westing Game (Rankin)

Enchantress from the Stars (Engdahl)

Knight's Castle (Eager) -- pair it with Ivanhoe and/or a Robin Hood read for extra fun

Maniac Magee (Spinnelli)

The Great Brain (Fitzgerald)

The Seventeenth Swap (McGraw)

Gentle Ben (Morey)

The Twenty-One Balloons (duBois)

Hittite Warrior (Williamson)

The King's Fifth (O'Dell)

I Am David (Holm)

The Fighting Prince of Donegal (Reilly) -- original title: Red Hugh

The Thirteen Clocks (Thurber)

Call of the Wild -- or, White Fang (London) 



ideas for your 1700-1850 time frame:





The Winter People (Bruchac)

The Light in the Forest (Conrad)

Calico Captive (Speare)

The Broken Blade (Durbin)



Treasure Island (Stevenson)

The Whipping Boy (Fleischman)

The Ghost of Tokaido Inn (Hoobler)

Stowaway (Hesse)

Beyond the Western Sea series (Avi)

Prince Across the Water (Yolen) -- gr. 6-10, so preview first as the battles may be more graphic than you want


US Revolutionary War

Arrow Over The Door (Bruchac)

Johnny Tremain (Forbes)

Early Thunder (Fritz)

Guns For General Washington (Reit)

My Brother Sam is Dead (Collier)

Forge (Anderson)





Carry On Mr. Bowditch (Latham)

Justin Morgan Had a Horse (Henry)

Fever 1793 (Anderson)



The Master Puppeteer (Paterson)

Kidnapped Prince: Life of Olaudah Equiano (Cameron)





The Journeyman (Yates)

Only the Names Remain: THe Cherokees and the Trail of Tears (Bealer)

Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Twain)

By the Great Horn Spook (Fleischman)

The Great Turkey Walk (Karr)

Moccasin Trail (McGraw)

Dear Levi: Letters from the Overland Trail (Woodruff)

The True Adventures of Charley Darwin (Meyer)



Midshipman Quinn (Styles)

The Fantastic Journey of Pieter Bruegel (Shafer) 

Heart of a Samurai (Preus)

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