9 Best Books For 11 Year Olds Update 05/2022

Keep your 11-year-olds, 6th graders, reading good books if you want them to. I’m here to help. Below, you’ll find the best middle-grade chapter books that are both mature and easy to read. As a bonus, each book review has a genre tag that you can look for to help you find what you’re looking for. You can look for mystery, fantasy, realistic, historical, and sci-fi in order to search. Make sure that the books that your child reads match up with what they like. And, to let them make their own decisions, as well.

The best thing I can do for my kids is give them a few books to choose from. At this age, you can show them this page and let them read the reviews to help them decide.

City Spies by James Ponti

When Sara, a foster child and hacker, gets into trouble again, her new “lawyer” wants her to be an MI6 spy, so he hires her. Sara joins a team of other kids, trains quickly, and is immediately sent undercover to break open a big case in Paris. In this action-packed story, I’m not going to give anything away, but I think you’ll love it. It has a lot of great characters and a twisty plot that keeps you interested. Keep reading and you won’t be able to put this book down!

Starfish by Lisa Fipps

When a girl is bullied and fat-shamed for years, she learns to define herself not by what other people say, but on who she is. This poignant story in verse shows how she does this. She is called Splash because of her size, but she loves swimming. Isn’t her best friend a bully? When her mother doesn’t buy her new clothes, she thinks it makes her daughter fat and wants to have a gastric bypass surgery. Nobody, even Ellie’s dad, can stop her mom from being mean to her. Ellie is lucky because she finds a therapist who understands her and helps her move from powerless to powerful.

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Get ready for a lot of action, intrigue, plot twists, and cool technology! There are only a few people left alive when Ana’s specialized marine and naval academy is blown up. As the class rushes to get on their field trip ship, their chaperone tells them some important things. Jules Verne’s books about Captain Nemo are mostly true. Ana is the only surviving relative of Captain Nemo, and if they don’t get to safety quickly, the land school will attack them. They don’t get to safety right away. That doesn’t mean that they didn’t stop the first of many attacks, though. Because the professor is dying, Ana now has to run the school. The first thing they need to do is find the Nautilus and the school’s secret base while avoiding their enemies, so they can get to them. You won’t be able to put this book down, so run out and get it as soon as you can. It’s a page-turning adventure that everyone will enjoy.

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Mia and her parents have had a hard time since moving to the United States from China. In the end, her parents have to work all day and all night for very little money. Mia helps out at the front desk. She gets to know the people who live there every week and uses her English skills to write letters for people who are in difficult situations. This book is more than just a great story about a young immigrant coming of age. It also talks about tolerance and diversity. My favorite part of the story was how well it was written. I also liked how the characters were included and how hard they worked to get where they were.

Allies by Alan Gratz

Readers who read this book about one day in history will be able to see how many people worked together, planned, and sent troops from different countries to help with 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 black medic. It’s violent and disheartening yet despite terrible losses, racism, and injuries, the fighters persist despite everything to accomplish their goal — to take back the area for the Allies. What a great way to tell the story of this day for middle-schoolers.

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

On her 12th birthday, Zoe, a girl who likes to bake, finds a letter from her father, Marcus, who is in prison. After thinking about what to say, she decides to write him back. She even dares to ask him about the murder he’s in jail for – did it really happen? Marcus tells Zoe that he isn’t guilty and that he can prove it. This makes Zoe want to find out the truth for herself, even though her parents don’t want her to do it. Grandma and Trevor help. If you read this book, you won’t be able to put it down. It has a heroine you can’t help but love, and it shows social justice through the themes of family, friendship, and love.

The Supervillain’s Guide to Being a Fat Kid by Matt Wallace

An amazing, poignant, and philosophical story about dealing with bullies, growing in confidence, and the complexities of people. As he doesn’t think he can go through three more years of middle school bullying alone, Matt writes to the supervillain Master Plan, who is also called a “gentleman.” In a surprise move, Master Plan responds to Max’s email with helpful, wise advice. Is Master Plan looking out for Max or himself?

The Last Gate of the Emperor by Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel Makonnen

It’s Yared’s Uncle Moti’s job to move them around a lot, so when Yared gives his real name in an AR game, he doesn’t think the soldiers who show up are after him. But they are, too. Everything he thought he knew about his life, including who he was, turns out to be a lie. Yared and another game player, the Ibis, work together to get away from the troops and the giant monster and find out the truth. The two clever, quick-witted kids are in danger, face impossible odds, and fight a war across the galaxy. Yared has been trained for this and is ready to fight. Exciting: This futuristic Ethiopian empire is the setting for this action-packed story. The main characters are brave, and there are a lot of wild twists and turns!

Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh

One of the boys in Marsh’s book is a refugee from Syria, and the other is an American who has just moved to Belgium. The book is about two young boys who come from very different places. Among the themes in this timely and moving story are refugees, fear, friendship, and kindness. Ahmed hides in the basement of the house where Max and his family live. He doesn’t want to go to the refugee centers because they are too crowded. When Ahmed is found by Max, the two boys become friends. Max hides Ahmed from everyone else. Ahmed will go to school with the boys. It works. But it can’t last all the time. Max’s family will be moving back to the United States soon, and a local policeman thinks there’s something wrong.

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