5th Grade Reading Recommendations

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Book Recommendations for Fifth Graders

Bosch, Pseudonymous. Bad News. c2017. Clay and the Secret Series Allies confront the white-gloved members of the mysterious Midnight Sun cabal. . JUV FIC BOSCH, P.
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.
Brooks, Max. Minecraft: The Island. c2017. A new hero stranded in the world of Minecraft must survive a harsh environment while unraveling the secrets of a mysterious island. JUV FIC BROOKS, M.
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.
Cartaya, Pablo. The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora. c2017. This is the vibrant story of a family, a striking portrait of a town, and one boy’s quest to save both. JUV FIC CARTAYA, 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.
Donoghue, Emma. The Lotterys Plus One. c2017. After winning the lottery and buying a big house, two couples and seven adopted and biological children attempt to live together in harmony. JUV FIC DONOGHUE, 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
Emerson, Kevin. Last Day on Mars. c2017. While waiting to leave Mars before it burns up just like Earth before it, Liam and Phoebe discover that the human race is not the only race trying to survive in space. JUV FIC EMERSON, K.
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.
Fusco, Kimberly Newton. Chasing Augustus. c2017. During a rough year in which she was placed in the care of her prickly grandfather, Rosie embarks on a search for her missing dog after he is given away by her estranged mother. JUV FIC FUSCO, K.
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.
Guys Read: Heroes & Villains. c2016. Presents a collection of humorous stories featuring an array of characters with and without capes. JUV FIC GUYS.
Harris, Teresa. Gabriela Speaks Out. c2017. Gabby runs in the school election with the hope that she can stop the tradition of older students pranking the sixth graders, but she’ll have to beat the confident and popular Aaliyah to win. JUV FIC AMERICAN.
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.
Hunter, Erin. Broken Pride. c2017. When the unthinkable shatters the fragile balance between predators and prey on the African plains, returning the peace rests in the paws of three unlikely heroes. JUV FIC HUNTER, E.
Jones, Ena. Clayton Stone at Your Service. c2015. Twelve-year-old Clayton Stone gets a taste of life as a special agent when he goes undercover as a decoy in a high-stakes kidnapping operation. JUV FIC JONES, E.
Kerr, Phillip. The Most Frightening Story Ever Told. c2016. Scary-story enthusiast Billy Shivers helps out when the Haunted House of Books threatens to go out of business. JUV FIC KERR, P.
Korman, Gordon. Restart. c2017. After falling off a roof, Chase doesn’t remember anything about himself. When he returns to school, he begins to realize who he was through the reactions of other kids and is not sure he likes what he learns. JUV FIC KORMAN, G.
McCall-Smith, Alexander. School Ship Tobermory. c2016. When two siblings attend an unusual school aboard a ship, they make new friends, learn all things nautical, and become involved in a mystery. JUV FIC MCCALL-SMITH, A.
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.
Moore, Steve. No Fear!. c2017. Follows the experiences of benchwarmer Steve, who struggles to conquer his fear of getting hit with a baseball before his first year on the school team is ruined. JUC FIC MOORE, S.
Nicol, James. The Apprentice Witch. c2017. Sent away in disgrace after failing her witch’s assessment, Arianwyn learns that the remote community where she works as a magic apprentice is under the shadow of a dark hex infestation. JUV FIC NICOL, J.
Palmer, Iva-Marie. Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook. c2017. All-star pitcher Gabby Garcia is sent to an upscale private school that already has a star pitcher, and to make matters worse, has trouble making friends and finding her place. JUV FIC PALMER, I.
Papademetriou, Lisa. Apartment 1986. c2017. Skipping a day at her elite New York City prep school when things get a bit too intense, Callie befriends a boy doing research throughout the city’s museums. JUV FIC PAPADEMETRIOU, L.
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.
Reeve, Phillip. Carnival in a Fix. c2016. Emily must save her outer space amusement park home from being shut down by the funfair inspector. JUV FIC REEVE, P.
Sutherland, Tui. Darkness of Dragons. c2017. When a young Nightwing has the first prophecy in generations of the end of Pyrrhia, five young dragons are tasked with saving the world. JUV SF SUTHERLAND, T.
 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.
Tashjian, Janet. My Life as a Ninja. c2017. Four ninjas-in-training attempt to solve the graffiti mystery at their school. JUV FIC TASHJIAN, J.
Tobin, Paul. How to Outsmart a Billion Robot Bees. c2017. Sixth-grade genius Nate Bannister teams up with his friend Delphine to stop the Red Death Tea Society from unleashing angry bees on the city of Polt. JUV FIC TOBIN, P.
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
Webb, Holly. Return to the Secret Garden. c2016. When orphan Emmy is evacuated to an old house in in the English countryside during WWII, she discovers the house’s secrets including a boy crying at night, a diary, and a very secret garden. JUV FIC WEBB, H.