Battle of the Books 2019: 6th Grade Booklist

6th Grade Battle
February 19th, 2019
CLP – East Liberty | CLP – Main | CLP – Squirrel Hill
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Indian-American teen, Priyanka “Pri” Das, attempts to reconnect with her mother’s homeland through a magical pashmina shawl.

The Shadow Cipher

The first book in a series called York about an alternate history set in New York City. Three teens have to complete a treasure hunt that spans the entire city so that they can save their apartment building.

The Tea Dragon Society

A charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons. After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives–and eventually her own.


In his daydreams, Jensen is the biggest hero that ever was, but his middle school reality is very different. When he gets drawn into the whirlwind of school news, social experiment projects, and behind-the-scenes club drama, the difficulty setting is suddenly cranked up.

Orphan Island

Nine orphans live on an island. Every year a boat arrives with a new young child, and the eldest child departs the island, saying goodbye forever. They have rules that they follow. They have to learn to swim and read; they have daily chores to do. If they follow the rules, then everything is perfect and the sky won’t fall in on them. As Jinny says goodbye to Deen, it becomes her turn to be Eldest, to lead the others and do what is right. She has a year’s time to teach her new Care, Ess, everything she needs to know to survive on the island, then it will be Jinny’s turn to get in the boat. This story is a metaphor for growing up and letting go of childhood, the difficulties and struggles of new responsibilities and the fear of facing the unknown.

The Stars Beneath Our Feet

Unable to celebrate the holidays in the wake of his older brother’s death in a gang-related shooting, Lolly Rachpaul struggles to avoid being forced into a gang himself while constructing a fantastically creative LEGO city at the Harlem community center. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby or as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

The First Rule of Punk

A twelve-year-old Mexican American girl who has recently moved to Chicago starts a punk rock band with a group of like-minded misfits.

The Lotterys Plus One

Once upon a time, two couples with Jamaican, Mohawk, Indian, and Scottish ethnic roots won the lottery and bought a big house where all of them, four adults and seven adopted and biological children, could live together in harmony–but change is inevitable, especially when a disagreeable grandfather comes to stay.

Ghosts of Greenglass House

Milo and Meddy–inhabitants of Greenglass House, a smuggler’s inn–discover that an important map has been stolen. They suspect a group of carolers who have just checked in for the winter holiday, and that starts a trail of clues that may lead to a treasure.