I hopped into a magic time machine and went back to the sixth grade. Here is what sixth grade me would tell you to give the pre-teen in your life.
a mystery that respects a child's intelligence. age-appropriate enough for your kiddo, smart enough for you to steal from their bookshelf and read when they aren't looking.
emotionally powerful, transport the reader to another world.
the diary of a young girl during the middle ages. funny, relatable, and they will learn something about the historical time period too.
The baby-sitter's club series goes to the heart of growing up and figuring out who you are. a box set would be such a great gift!
this wasn't around when i was in the sixth grade, but if it had been, it would have been one of my favorites!