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5th Grade Reading Recommendations

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Book Recommendations for Fifth Graders

Brody, Jessica. CJ’s Treasure Chase. c2016. CJ, the daughter of Captain James Hook, sneaks out of Auradon Prep with her best friend to search for treasure. JUV FIC DISNEY, W.
Brown, Peter. The Wild Robot. c2016. Roz the robot soon discovers she is not alone on a remote, wild island and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants. JUV FIC BROWN, P.
Cavanaugh, Nancy J. Always, Abigail. c2014. Sixth grader Abigail, assigned a different homeroom than her two best friends and made only the alternate on the pom-pom squad, learns a lot about popularity and true friendship when paired with unpopular Gabby for a year-long "Friendly Letter Assignment." JUV FIC CAVANAUGH, N.
Dahl, Roald. Matilda. c1988. Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security. JUV FIC DAHL, R.
Dinerstein, Eric. What Elephants Know. c2016.  In the threatened jungle of the Borderlands between Nepal and India during the 1970s, an orphaned boy discovers his fate as a great elephant driver. JUV FIC DINERSTEIN, E.
Edwards, Nicholas. The Rescue. c2009. Eleven-year-old Emily's nightmares of drowning lead her to an injured dog near her family's coastal Maine home, and as she nurses him back to health, she becomes aware that they have a strange psychic connection. JUV FIC EDWARDS, N
Funke, Cornelia Caroline. Inkheart. c2003. 12-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service. JUV SF FUNKE, C.
Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book. c2008. Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard. FIC GAIMAN, N.
Healy, Christopher. Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. c2012. Four famous Prince Charmings form an unlikely team when a witch threatens the whole kingdom. JUV SF HEALY, C.
Hunter, Erin. The Apprentice’s Quest. c2016. Guided by a mysterious vision, the young apprentice Alderpaw of ThunderClan must go on a dangerous journey...a journey that may be the Clans’ only hope. JUV FIC HUNTER, E.
Milford, Kate. Greenglass House. c2014. At Greenglass House, a smuggler's inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing but soon guests are arriving with strange stories about the house sending Milo and Meddy, the cook's daughter, on an adventure. JUV FIC MILFORD, K.
Pennypacker, Sara. Pax. c2016. After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back. JUV FIC PENNYPACKER, S.
Philbrick, W.R. Zane and the Hurricane: a Story of Katrina. c2014. A twelve-year-old boy and his dog become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina. JUV FIC PHILBRICK, W.
 Snicket, Lemony. File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents. c2014. Called upon to investigate thirteen suspicious incidents in Stain'd-by-the-Sea, young Lemony Snicket collects clues, questions witnesses, and cracks every case. JUV M SNICKET, L.
Tarshis, Lauren. The Hindenburg Disaster. c2016. Hugo, his parents, and his four-year-old sister Gertie, are making the thrilling 4000 mile journey across the Atlantic in a zeppelin as big as the Titanic. JUV FIC TARSHIS, L.
Watkins, Steve. The Secret of Midway. c2015. When Anderson finds an old coat with a mysterious letter in the pocket, he wasn’t expecting the ghost of a World War II sailor to claim it. JUV FIC WATKINS