5th Grade and 6th Grade


List of 29 items.

  • Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic

    Armand Baltazar
    (Series) Combining art and text, this science fiction futuristic adventure features Diego, a half-Pinoy half-Irish thirteen-year-old boy with special abilities, living in a world where people of different historical times coexist peacefully. When the fragile balance is threatened, only Diego can save the world.
  • The House with a Clock in Its Walls

    John Bellairs
    A doomsday clock, hidden within the walls of a mansion is slowly ticking off the minutes left to the world! Lewis, an orphaned white boy, goes to live with his magician uncle in this creepy tale. Originally published in 1973, with a movie releasing this September.
  • Clem Hetherington and the Ironwood Race

    Jen Breach
    (Graphic Novel) In a diverse future world, brown-skinned Clem and her robot brother enter a high stakes race to unearth archeological treasures and discover the fate of their parents.
  • Be Prepared

    Vera Brosgol
    (Graphic Novel) A Russian Orthodox summer camp sounds like it’ll be a great place to fit in for Russian-American Vera, who always feels left out. But summer camp isn’t quite what she thought it would be!
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time

    Roshani Chokshi
    Twelve-year-old Indian girl Aru finds herself having to prove her wild stories by lighting a lamp kept in a museum. Little does she know this action may bring the end of the world!
  • Bubble

    Stewart Foster
    Due to a rare auto-immune disorder, orphaned eleven-year-old Joe, a white British boy, has never left his hospital room, and can only dream of the world outside. Originally published in England under the title The Bubble Boy.
  • The Babysitters Club: Kristy’s Big Day

    Gale Galligan
    (Graphic Novel Series) When Kristy’s mom gets married, the babysitters must take care of all the children involved… and there are a lot! The small Connecticut town is populated by all white characters except for one babysitter, Claudia, who is Chinese-American. (Releases in August)
  • Moon Base Alpha, Book 3: Waste of Space

    Stuart Gibbs
    (Series) In 2041, Moon resident Dash just wants a quiet 13th birthday, so of course he ends up having to solve the mystery of a near-fatal poisoning of one of the base’s residents. This final book in the series features a purposefully multiracial cast, under the stated presumption that it will be unusual to meet white people in the future.
  • Absolutely Almost

    Lisa Graff
    Ten-year-old Albie, a white New Yorker, isn’t really very good at much, but his new nanny helps him feel good about himself in a way his parents don’t.
  • The Parker Inheritance

    Varian Johnson
    Black preteen Carolina follows the clues left by her grandmother, the first African-American city manager of her small South Carolinian town, in this mystery about race, conflict, and treasure.
  • The Science of Breakable Things

    Tai Keller
    Natalie, a ¾ white and ¼ Korean American seventh grader, is certain that using the scientific method on the breakable egg test will win her the prize she desperately needs to help her mother out of a debilitating depression.
  • You Go First

    Erin Entrada Kelly
    Although they’ve never met in person, two kids of ambiguous racial identities connect online over their mutual experience of having divorcing parents. Alternate points of view.
  • WhatsHisFace

    Gordon Korman
    Twelve-year-old white boy Cooper’s smartphone isn’t receiving communications from other people he knows… it’s haunted!
  • All Summer Long

    Hope Larson
    (Graphic Novel) Twelve-year-old racially-ambiguous Bina’s best friend is gone for the summer, and she finds herself hanging out making music with his big sister. When Austin returns, both of them have changed.
  • Scarlet Ibis

    Gill Lewis
    Twelve-year-old half-black half-white Scarlet works hard to keep her and her autistic white brother afloat, despite their troubled mother. When the children are sent to different foster homes, Scarlet uses his fascination with birds to find a way back to him.
  • Bob

    Wendy Mass
    When white American Livy visits her grandmother’s house in Australia, she discovers she left someone there five years ago: a small, greenish man named Bob who lives in the closet.
  • The Book of Boy

    Catherine Gilbert Murdock
    A white boy in medieval Europe undertakes a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the hopes of curing the disabling hump on his back.
  • Boy Bites Bug

    Rebecca Petruck
    To Will, a white Minnesotan boy, eating a bug seemed like a good way to divert attention from another white boy’s using a racial slur against a Latino classmate, but it turns into a whole way of life.
  • The Someday Birds

    Sally J. Pla
    Charlie, a half Mexican half white twelve-year-old boy who is autistic and has OCD, together with his family and a strange babysitter, must endure a cross-country trip to get his veteran father brain surgery.
  • The Cardboard Kingdom

    Chad Sell
    (Graphic Novel) A diverse group of kids in a suburban neighborhood create their own world with cardboard, and unleash their inner selves. Don’t be fooled by the graphic novel format: this book attacks gender stereotypes, racial and sexual bias, and the idea that adults know best.
  • Escape from Aleppo

    N.H. Senzai
    In 2010, 12-year-old Nadia and her family must flee Syria during the Arab Spring, and face the horrors of war and life as refugees.
  • Betty Before X

    Ilyasah Shabazz
    African-American Betty Shabazz grew up to be an important figure in the Black Power movement and Malcolm X’s wife, but this book tells about her childhood with a mother who rejects her and the friends who took her in.
  • Love, Double Dutch

    Doreen Spicer-Dannelly
    African-American middle schooler MaKayla is about to go with her Brooklyn Double Dutch team to the National Jump Off… until she gets shipped off to spend the summer in North Carolina at her aunt’s.
  • Dear Mrs. Naidu

    Mathangi Subramanian
    In a poor neighborhood in India, Sarojini has to start school without her best friend, because he gets to go to a posh, private school. This doesn’t seem fair to Sarojini, but what is she going to do about it?
  • Mary Poppins Comes Back

    P.L. Travers
    This Christmas, the Disney movie “Mary Poppins Returns” hits the theatres, so get ready for it by delving into the original series about the white, British Banks family in the 1910’s and their strict - but magical - nanny.
  • Road Trip with Max and His Mom

    Linda Urban
    In this sequel to Weekends with Max and His Dad, Max, a white boy, is going to miss his weekends with his dad while he’s out with his mom. Won’t his dad be lonely without him?
  • Save Me a Seat

    Sarah and Gita Varadarajan Weeks
    Ravi, newly arrived in the U.S. from India, and Joe, a white boy who has never left, have nothing in common until they end up united against a bully.
  • Secret Coders: Potions & Parameters

    Gene Leun Yang and Mike Holmes
    (Graphic Novel Series) The 5th book in this popular series finds the coders again in the sights of the evil Dr. One-Zero.
  • Front Desk

    Kelly Yang
    Mia and her Chinese immigrant parents work really hard to run a motel for a cruel owner. He doesn’t know that right under his nose, they are helping undocumented immigrants.


List of 9 items.

  • DIY Circus Lab for Kids: A Family-Friendly Guide for Juggling, Balancing, Clowning, and Show-Making

    Jackie Leigh Davis
    A former mime and circus entrepreneur offers a how-to for aspiring circus performers.
  • The Slime Book

    DK Publishing
    30 recipes for different varieties of our favorite, icky, gloopy fidgets!
  • Trash Revolution: Breaking the Waste Cycle

    Erica Fyvie and illustrated by Bill Slavin
    All those things in your backpack: what process would they go through to be recycled instead of trashed?
  • Library on Wheels

    Sharlee Glenn
    Invention: the bookmobile! How a creative and hard-working white librarian figured out a new way to get books to people who needed them.
  • Ramadan

    Ausma Zehanat Khan
    This summer, Ramadan is from May 15th through June 14th. Learn about this month-long holiday.
  • You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World

    Caroline Paul
    Exactly what the title says: a great how-to primer for young activists.
  • Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk

    Jane Sutcliffe, illustrated by John Shelley
    Shakespeare, a white man living in Elizabethan England, is still considered by many to be the greatest writer of human history. Learn more about his life and words in this intricately illustrated book.
  • Bad Princess: True Tales from Behind the Tiara

    Kris Waldherr
    When you head the word “princess,” glitz and glamour come to mind, but this book explores the reality of royalty through the tales of 30 princesses through history.
  • Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports

    Gregory Zuckerman
    The diverse female athletes included in this book all faced challenges that make their athletic achievements all the more impressive.

Summer Reading Challenge

Submit a photo of yourself reading a book by August 31. All participants will get a prize!

What's the prize? Here's a hint: It’s something you can squeeze.

Feel free to be creative!

Email your photo to library@gds.org.


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