Adventurous books for sixth and seventh graders

If your child is in the sixth or seventh grade, right now is the time for them to read as much as they can! Reading is like exercise, the more you do it, the stronger you’ll get! Your child should start building their reading stamina now so they’re ready for high school, where they’ll receive more reading assignments.

Reading can have a lot of advantages, including better comprehension skills, a higher emotional quotient, and stronger focus — and the best part is, it makes learning fun! To reap all of the benefits of this pastime, check out the list of books below, perfect for sixth or seventh graders.

Harriet the Spy | Louise Fitzhugh

Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then, Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she’s written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together?

James and the Giant Peach | Roald Dahl

James Trotter loses his parents in an accident and is forced to live miserably with his two wicked aunts. Then, James is given some magic crystals that give him hope. When he accidentally spills these crystals on an old peach tree, strange things begin to happen. A peach starts to grow and grow until James is able to climb inside and escape his awful aunts! Through this adventure, he makes some interesting friends and finds a place where he belongs.

The Little Prince | Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A golden-haired little prince meets a pilot stranded in the desert. He tells the pilot that he was born on an asteroid and has met a great many strange and interesting characters. They bond over a drawing of a sheep inside a box and try to survive together in the desert by finding water. A year to the day after his arrival, the boy believes he has figured out a way back to his home on the asteroid.

The Giver | Lois Lowry

Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

I, Juan de Pareja | Elizabeth Borton de Treviño

When the great Velázquez was painting his masterpieces at the Spanish court in the seventeenth century, his colors were expertly mixed and his canvases carefully prepared by his slave, Juan de Pareja. In a vibrant novel, which depicts both the beauty and the cruelty of the time and place, Elizabeth Borton de Treviño tells the story of Juan, who was born a slave and died an accomplished and respected artist.  

Favorite Sherlock Holmes Detective Stories | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Throughout the annals of literature, there is one detective who reigns supreme—Mr.
Sherlock Holmes of 221B Baker Street, London. From that celebrated address, Holmes
and his friend Dr. Watson set out to solve the most difficult cases and bring to justice the
master criminals of Victorian England. Holmes uses his characteristic cleverness to close every confounding mystery, taking you on one exciting adventure after another!

Your middle school student will be ready for high school in no time with these thrilling reads! Ranging from historical fiction to thrilling mystery, they will be sure to captivate your child. Reading develops creativity and critical thinking, preparing your child to take on more challenges as they move on to high school. They can also refer to our recommended books for past gradesdepending on their level and how avid a reader they are.

In the end, no matter where your child is right now, they can always advance to the next level; JEI Learning Center has complete faith in their abilities! We can help them get there through our State Standard-aligned JEI Reading & Writing program, which ensures your child understands not only the language but also the story. This program is best paired with JEI English for overall proficiency in the language arts.

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