10 Best Fiction Books For 6th Graders Update 05/2022

What kind of fiction is realistic? Realistic fiction is a type of fiction that is different from other types of fiction. Writing in this way tries to show the world as it is. No fantasy or supernatural elements are in it, and it usually shows people going about their daily lives with all of the joys and sorrows that come with it.

A lot of the characters in this book look like real people and the events in their lives are things that could happen to you. The story takes place in a real place, not in space or in a fantasy kingdom. City names can be made up, but it would still look like a real place.

This is a list of 10 realistic fiction books for 6th graders that you can read. It shows kids having real-life problems and how they deal with them or solve them. Let’s start now!

Realistic Fiction for 6th Graders

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

It’s not like the other kids at Seaward Pines Academy have big houses or go on fancy vacations. Merci Suarez doesn’t have any of these things.” Her extended family lives in three little houses called Las Casitas. She is a scholarship student and lives there with them. But this year, everything is different. This year, everything is different. It’s not just at school where Edna Santos, the queen bee, wants to get her hands on Merci’s assigned Sunshine Buddy, Michale Clark. At home, too. On the other side of the world: Merci’s grandfather, Lolo, is behaving strangely at home. He has been falling off his bike, calling people by the wrong names, and getting mad for no reason at all! No one in Merci’s family will talk to her about what’s going on with Lolo, so she’s afraid. In the middle of everything, something happens that puts everything into perspective and forces Merci’s family to finally face the issue they’ve been avoiding.

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Salamanca Tree Hiddle, a 13-year-old girl from Ohio, is proud of her country roots and the “Indianness in her blood.” She goes with her eccentric grandparents from Ohio to Idaho, where they live. Along the way, she tells them about Phoebe Winterbottom, who got weird messages, met a “potential lunatic,” and lost her mother. As Sal tells her grandparents Phoebe’s crazy story, her own story starts to come out: the story of a thirteen-year-old girl who only wants to be reunited with her mother.

Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius who loves nature and figuring out what’s wrong with people’s bodies. He likes to count by sevens because he finds it relaxing. When she was younger, it was hard for her to connect with anyone but her adoptive parents. But until now, that hasn’t kept her from living a quiet and happy life. When Willow’s parents die in a car accident, she is left alone in a world that doesn’t make sense. Her quest to find a surrogate family that is both interesting and real is a joy and a revelation to read about.”

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Glaser

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Glaser

Their home has always been on 141st Street. It’s almost like another member of the family. Five siblings have 11 days to do whatever it takes to stay in their home and show their landlord, Beiderman, how great they are. In love and war, “everything is fair.”

The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

It was a surprise to many people when Mrs. Olinski’s sixth-grade team won the Epiphany Middle School sixth-grade Academic Bowl. Even more of a surprise was when they beat the 7th and 8th graders, too. Everybody started to wonder: How did they win so many more games? This is a story about a team, a class, a school, and a series of contests. In the middle of this, there are four short stories (one for each member of the team) that ask questions and show surprising answers.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

There is a lot of noise and color when she comes to quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound. It doesn’t take long for her to get Leo Borlock’s heart. She just smiles. One cheer is all it takes for her to start a school-spirit revolution. The students at Mica High are in awe. Then: Then they start to attack her. For some reason, Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her unique. Leo, who is panicked and desperate for love, tells her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal.

Restart by Gordon Korman

Restart by Gordon Korman

It’s not clear to Chase that he fell off of the roof. When he hit his head, he doesn’t remember it. He doesn’t remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and has to start over from the beginning. He has to learn his own name first. He knows who he is. Then, who is Chase? There are a lot of different ways that the kids react when he comes back to school. Some kids think he’s a hero. Some kids seem to be afraid of him. Soon, it’s not just who Chase is, but who he was and who he will be.

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

Arturo likes to play basketball until the sun goes down, drink mango smoothies, and stay cool under banyan trees in the summer in Miami. And maybe a few shifts as a dishwasher at Abuela’s restaurant as a junior lunchtime helper would be fun. Maybe. Carmen, a poetry fan, also moves into Arturo’s apartment complex this summer. She turns Arturo’s stomach into a deep fryer when she cooks him. She comes into town and says she wants to change everything. He almost doesn’t notice her. He won’t let his family and community die without a fight. As he schemes with Carmen, Arturo learns about the power of poetry and protest through untold family stories and the work of José Mart,” says the teacher.

The Loser’s Club by Andrew Clements

The sixth-grader Alec can’t put down a good book because it’s so good. So when Principal Vance tells Alec that he has to pay attention in class, or else, he does something. So, he starts a club. A club he wants to be the only one in. No one would want to join the “Losers Club,” right? After all, reading isn’t a team sport. It gets even worse as more and more kids come to Alec’s club. Real life may be more messy than his favorite books, but it’s still interesting.

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

She wants to stay when Hollis goes to meet Josie, an elderly artist who is a little weird but also very kind. But Josie is forgetting more and more every day. Hollis will be taken away by Social Services if they find out. They will move Josie into a home, and Josie will stay there. He won’t let anyone break them up. She’s done this before, but this time, she’s taking Josie with her. Still, even as she plans her future with Josie, Hollis thinks about the summer she spent with the Regans. She remembers every special moment and takes a picture of it that she will never forget.

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