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Recommended 5th and 6th Grade Authors


Authors with a + by their names write across several genres. For example, Madeleine L'Engle's Austin Family series is contemporary fiction and her Time Trilogy series is science fiction.

Contemporary Fiction

+ Avi

Natalie Babbitt

+ Eve Bunting

Frances Hodgson Burnett  

Sharon Creech  

Kate DiCamillo  

Jack Gantos  (Joey Pigza series)

E. L. Konigsburg  

+ Gail Carson Levine

+ Lois Lowry

Ben Mikaelsen  

+ Katherine Paterson

+ Cynthia Rylant

Jerry Spinelli

+ Stephanie Tolan

Cynthia Voigt (Tillerman series)


Lloyd Alexander  

Susan Cooper (Dark is Rising series)

Bruce Coville (Magic Shop books)

Brian Jacques  (Redwall series)

+ Diana Wynne Jones

Madeline L'Engle (Time Triology)

C. S. Lewis  (Chronicles of Narnia)

Janet Taylor Lisle  

Garth Nix  (Seventh Tower series)

J. K. Rowling  (Harry Potter series)

Historical Fiction

+ Joan Aiken

Karen Cushman  

Jean Craighead George  

+ Patricia Reilly Giff

+ Karen Hesse

Kathryn Lasky (also writes nonfiction)

Scott O'Dell

Ann Rinaldi  

Elizabeth George Speare  

Rosemary Sutcliff  

Laurence Yep (Dragonwings series)


Will Hobbs  

Gordon Korman (Island series)

Iain Lawrence  

Gary Paulsen  (Hatchet series)

Robert Stevenson  


Joan Aiken

John Bellairs  (Johnny Dixon series)

Lois Duncan  

Bruce Hale  (Chet Gecko series)

Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Wendelin Van Draanen  (Sammy Keyes series)

Barbara Brooks Wallace  (Jean Karl series)

Science Fiction

K. A. Applegate  (Remnants & Animorphs)

Margaret Peterson Haddix  (Among the series)

Ursula Le Guin  (Earthsea series)

Tamora Pierce  (Song of the Lioness series)

William Sleator